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1 June 2007 Calibrating Statistical Population Reconstruction Models Using Catch-Effort and Index Data
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This paper illustrates how age-at-harvest data, when combined with hunter-effort information routinely collected by state game management agencies, can be used to estimate and monitor trends in big game abundance. Twenty-four years of age-at-harvest data for black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus) were analyzed to produce abundance estimates ranging from 1,281 adult females to 3,232 adult females on a 22,079-ha tree farm in Pierce County, Washington, USA. The annual natural survival probability was estimated to be 0.7293 (i0022-541x-71-4-1309-eq1.gif= 0.0097) for this female population. The estimated abundance was highly correlated with an independent browse damage index (r = 0.8131, P < 0.001). A population reconstruction incorporating the browse index did not substantially improve the model fit but did provide an auxiliary model for predicting deer abundance. This population reconstruction illustrates a cost-effective alternative to expensive big game survey methods.

JOHN R. SKALSKI, RICHARD L. TOWNSEND, and BRIAN A. GILBERT "Calibrating Statistical Population Reconstruction Models Using Catch-Effort and Index Data," Journal of Wildlife Management 71(4), 1309-1316, (1 June 2007). https://doi.org/10.2193/2005-707
Published: 1 June 2007
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