Population Dynamics of the Kaibab Deer_v2(2009030423414853)

Population Dynamics of the Kaibab Deer_v2(2009030423414853)...

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Population Dynamics of the Kaibab Deer Objectives : to graph data concerning the deer population of the Kaibab Plateau from 1905 to 1939 to determine the carrying capacity of the Kaibab Plateau before 1905 and after 1930 to determine the factors responsible for the fluctuating deer population to link the story of the Kaibab deer to human population growth and carrying capacity to distinguish between density-dependent and density-independent affecting the deer population of the Kaibab Plateau. to determine if deer are k-strategists or r-strategists Introduction : Prior to 1905, the deer population of the Kaibab Plateau was relatively stable and estimated to be around 4,000 in an ecosystem that could support 30,000 deer or more. The Kaibab National Forest did not support only the native deer population, but was also used as the primary grazing land of sheep, cattle and horse ranchers. Forest Service rangers began to see a decline in both the quality of the rangeland and the deer population by the early 1900s and so took steps to protect the animals.
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