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Diet, Nutrients, and Free Water Requirements of Pronghorn Antelope on Perry Mesa, Arizona


Abstract For the past 30 years wildlife biologists have debated the need of pronghorn antelope (Antilocapra americana) to drink freestanding water (free water). Some have suggested that pronghorn may feed at night to increase preformed water (plant moisture) intake, thus decreasing their dependence on free water. Pronghorn diet composition and nutrient intake is integral to understanding water available to pronghorn through preformed and metabolic sources. The dual purpose of this study was to determine plant composition of pronghorn diets, and to examine whether night feeding provides a water allocation advantage by testing for differences between day and night and modeling free water requirements during biologically critical seasons and years of d... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Tluczek, Melanie Genean-Friegang (Author) / Miller, William H. (Advisor) / Brown, David E. (Committee member) / Steele, Kelly (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Wildlife management / Ecology / Wildlife conservation / Diet / grassland / Nutrients / preformed / Pronghorn / Water
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 133 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Applied Biological Sciences 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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