Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Idaho
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Idaho Project

Whitetail deer foraging behavior

September 2023 - June 2024


Participating Agencies

  • University of Idaho

We are running a pilot study to determine if whitetail deer giving up densities (GUDs) can be accurately measured. We are deploying 1 camera trap with cellular link capacity in front of each of 7 experimental feeding stations. Investigators visit the feeding station once a feeding event has been recorded by a camera. A forager's GUD is a function of perceived predation risk, missed opportunity costs, and metabolic state.