Late summer diet composition of mule deer was determined daily within a mountain browse enclosure dominated by antelope bitterbrush. Palatable forages of low abundance were rapidly depleted, and bitterbrush continually composed over 50% of the diet, even at utilization exceeding 350 deer-days/ha. The relationship of bitterbrush forage production and deer-days use is discussed.
Austin, D. D.; Urness, P. J.; and King, J.
"Late summer changes in mule deer diets with increasing use on bitterbrush rangeland,"
Great Basin Naturalist: Vol. 44
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/gbn/vol44/iss4/4