Management strategy of sika deer based on sensitivity analysis

Shingo Miura, Kunihiko Tokida

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    We conducted sensitivity analysis of sika deer (Cervus nippon) based on demographic parameters obtained from a variety of previously studied populations and applied a life-stage matrix model. Sensitivity analysis by a stochastic model revealed that adult female survival was the most effective in the population growth rate; this was also supported by an analytical model. Survival of young and fecundity of adults had an impact on the growth rate in a rapidly increasing population. Based on the life history characteristics of sika deer, long-term warm winters were the major factor causing recent increases of population sizes and range expansion, which was accompanied by enlargement of habitat due to drastic changes in human society. Female hunting was effective for controlling these populations, but careful management in the newly proposed scheme is required.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSika Deer: Biology and Management of Native and Introduced Populations
    PublisherSpringer Japan
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)9784431094296, 9784431094289
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
    • Environmental Science(all)


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