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Kidney and Marrow Fat as Indicators of White-Tailed Deer Condition

A. Brian Ransom
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 29, No. 2 (Apr., 1965), pp. 397-398
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3798449
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3798449
Page Count: 2
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Abstract

Comparisons of kidney fat indices and fat content of femur marrow from 34 female white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) showed that kidney fat is not a reliable indicator of physical condition during mobilization of femur marrow fat. A method involving the complementary use of the two measurements is suggested as a means of assessing physical condition over its entire range.

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