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Your Position :Home->Past Journals Catalog->2008 Vol.27 No.6

Bed-site Utilization of Roe Deer in Spring in Baxianshan Nature Reserve, Tianjin
Author of the article:QIN Xue-bo
Author's Workplace:(Tianjin Nature History Museum, Tianjin 300074, China)
Key Words: roe deer (Capreolus capreolus); bed-site utilization; Baxianshan Nature Reserve; spring
Abstract:Bed-site habitat utilization of roe deer Capreolusc capreolus was studied in Baxianshan Nature Reserve, which geographical location is 40°7′~40°13′ N, 117°7′~117°36′ E, Tianjin, P. R. China. Six transects were investigated during the spring (March to May) of 2007. A total of 52 bed-sites used by roe deer, and 93 random plots were set as compared sites in the study area, 14 habitat parameters were measured in each sites. Selection coefficients revealed roe deer showed a strong preference to broadleaf forest, upper slope and mid slope, sunny slope, moderate distance to water and human disturbance distance>1000 m during spring. Stepwise discriminant analysis showed that shrub canopy, concealment cover, shrub high, canopy, distance to shrub, and slope were the key factors, accounting for 98.1% of correct classifications. Optimal bed-sites of roe deer were characterized by having mezzo shrub canopy (16.77±1.07°), higher concealment cover (29.54±1.47 m), and shrub height ratherish higher than roe stature (1.22±0.05 m), which could reduce the predation risk. At the same time, canopy cover (5.48±0.31°) was lower, distance to shrub (2.99±0.13 m) was far, and slope (2.11±0.09°) was lower in spring compared to the winter, reflecting the physiological characteristic during breeding season.
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