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VOL. 8 | 2012 Bayesian analysis of deer reproductive condition
Edwin J. Green, Susan Predl

Editor(s) Dominique Fourdrinier, Éric Marchand, Andrew L. Rukhin

Inst. Math. Stat. (IMS) Collect., 2012: 247-256 (2012) DOI: 10.1214/11-IMSCOLL817


A hunting program was instituted in a previously un-hunted 836-ha county park in New Jersey for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in 1994. Harvested deer were aged and weighed. The reproductive tracts of female deer were examined and the number of embryos counted. Hierarchical Bayes modeling was used to examine whether or not compensatory reproduction was occurring in the park. Compensatory reproduction is an issue which is frequently raised by anti-hunting groups.


Published: 1 January 2012
First available in Project Euclid: 14 March 2012

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/11-IMSCOLL817

Primary: 62F07
Secondary: 62J07

Keywords: deer , hierarchical Bayes , Poisson

Rights: Copyright © 2012, Institute of Mathematical Statistics

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