Environment and Ecology Research Vol. 5(3), pp. 195 - 203
DOI: 10.13189/eer.2017.050304
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Critical Considerations for an Urban Deer Collaring Program

Erin C. McCance 1,2,*, Richard K. Baydack 2
1 EcoLogic Environmental Inc., Canada
2 Department of Environment and Geography, University of Manitoba, Canada


Capture, handling, and collaring of wildlife in urban environments pose unique challenges compared to similar programs conducted in more remote locations. With urban white-tailed deer (WTD) (Odocoileus virginianus) populations generally increasing across North America, the need to gain a better understanding of urban deer behavior and ecology is essential for effective management. Global Positioning System (GPS) telemetry collars can efficiently track animal movements, and therefore urban deer capture is likely to be increasingly used. This research note offers critical considerations for wildlife managers embarking on an urban deer-collaring program, specifically in northern latitudes, including suggestions for selection of tracking collar, cage trap specifications, and other aspects for capturing and physically immobilizing deer within metropolitan landscapes.

Box Trap, Capture, Collaring, Global Positioning System, Management, Urban Deer

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Erin C. McCance , Richard K. Baydack , "Critical Considerations for an Urban Deer Collaring Program," Environment and Ecology Research, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 195 - 203, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/eer.2017.050304.

(b). APA Format:
Erin C. McCance , Richard K. Baydack (2017). Critical Considerations for an Urban Deer Collaring Program. Environment and Ecology Research, 5(3), 195 - 203. DOI: 10.13189/eer.2017.050304.