Estimation of Deer Damage to Soybean Production in Mississippi: A Temporal and Spatial Context:

Mississippi soybean production is currently ranked 14th in the nation with over 76 million bushels produced on 2,695 farms, with a 2010 economic impact of $846 million. Mississippi's deer population is currently estimated to be ≥ 1.75 million animals, with an economic impact to Mississippi in excess of $800 million.Although both soybeans and white-tailed deer are very important to the Mississippi economy, white-tailed deer readily consume soybeans and soybean production has been linked to population dynamics of deer in Mississippi. Thus, in areas where soybean production and deer populations co-occur, there will likely always be conflict regarding deer damage to soybean crops. We propose a study to estimate the impact of white-tailed deer on soybean production in Mississippi. We approach this research with the underlying assumption that in areas where deer populations and soybean production exist, there will be crop depredation to some extent, depending on, ultimately, deer abundance.



Here is a list of publications made in research toward Human Wildlife Conflict:

2016   Lafferty, D.J.R., K.C. Hanson-dorr, A.M. Prisock, B.S. Dorr. 2016. Biotic and abiotic impacts of Double-crested cormorant breeding colonies on forested islands in the southeastern United States. Forest Ecology and Management 369:10-19. Download   


2015   Ayers, C.S., K.C. Hanson-Dorr, S. O'Dell, C.D. Lovell, M.L. Jones, J.R. Suckow, B.S. Dorr. 2015. Impacts of colonial waterbirds on vegetation and potential restoration of island habitats. Restoration Ecology 23(3):252-260. Download   


2014   Biondi, K.M., J.L. Belant, T.L. DeVault, J.A. Martin, G. Wang. 2014. Integrating mammalian hazards with management at U.S. civil airports: a case study. Human-Wildlife Interactions 8:31-38. Download   


2014   Dorr, B.S., K.C. Hanson-Dorr, T.L. DeVault, A. Guillaumet, S.C. Barras. 2014. Geographic segregation and evidence of density-dependent changes in sex ratios in an abundant colonial waterbird. Integrative Zoology 9:570-582. Download   


2014   Drey, K.M., J.A. Martin, J.L. Belant, T.L. DeVault, B.F. Blackwell. 2014. Interactions between wildlife and civil aircraft in Mississippi. Southeastern Naturalist 13:156-165. Download   


2014   Guillaumet, A., B.S. Dorr, G. Wang, T.J. Doyle. 2014. Population dynamics of the double-crested cormorants in the Great Lakes area: The cumulative effects of management. Ibis 156: 141-152. Download   


2014   Petroelje, T., J.L. Belant, D.E. Beyer, G. Wang, B.D. Leopold. 2014. Population-level response of coyotes to a pulsed resource event. Population Ecology 56:349-358. Download   


2014   Waller, B.W., J.L. Belant, B.D. Leopold, B.W. Young, S.L. Simek, D.L. Evans. 2014. Influence of landscape attributes on American black bear den-site selection in Mississippi. Mammal Study 39:115-119. Download   


2013   King, D.T., B.K. Strickland, A. Radomski. 2013. Migration patterns of double-crested cormorants wintering in the southeastern United States. Waterbirds 35(sp1):132-137. Download   


2013   King, D.T., B.K. Strickland, A. Radomski. 2013. Winter and summer home ranges and core use areas of double-crested cormorants captured near aquaculture facilities in the Southeastern United States. Waterbirds 35(sp1):124-131. Download   


2013   Martin, J.A., J.L. Belant, T.L. DeVault. 2013. Bird harassment, repellent, and deterrent techniques for use on and near airports. Human-Wildlife Conflicts Monograph 2:1-48.   


2012   DeVault, T.L., J.L. Belant, B.F. Blackwell, J.A. Martin, J.A. Schmidt, and L.W. Burger, Jr. 2012. Airports offer unrealized potential for alternative energy production. Environmental Management 49:517-522.   


2012   Dorr, B., L.W. Burger, S.C. Barras, K. Godwin. 2012. Economic impact of double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) eepredation on channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) aquaculture in Mississippi, USA. Journal of World Aquaculture Society 43:502-513. Download   


2012   Dorr, B.S., L.W. Burger Jr., S.C. Barras. 2012. Double-crested cormorant distribution on catfish aquaculture in the Yazoo River Basin of Mississippi. Wildlife Society Bulletin 36:1-8. Download   


2012   Guillaumet, A. B. Dorr, G. Wang. 2012. Towards optimized population control efficiency in space and time: A modelling framework adapted to a colonial waterbird. Ecological Modelling 235-236: 95-101. Download   


2012   Libal, N.S., J.L. Belant, R. Maraj, B.D. Leopold, G. Wang, S. Marshall. 2012. Microscale den-site selection of grizzly bears in southwestern Yukon. Ursus 23:226-230. Download   


2011   Belant, J.L., S.L. Simek, and B.C. West. 2011. Managing black bear-human conflicts. Human-Wildlife Interactions Monograph. 1:1-77.   


2011   Guillaumet, A., B. Dorr, G. Wang, J. Taylor, R. Chipman, H. Scherr, J. Bowman, K. Abraham, T. Doyle, E. Cranker. 2011. Determinants of local and migratory movements of Great Lakes double-crested cormorants. Behavioral Ecology 22: 1096-1103. Download   


2011   Strickland, B., B. S. Dorr, F. Pogmore, G. Nohrenberg, S.C. Barras, J.E. McConnell, J. Gobeille. 2011. Effects of management on double-crested Cormorant nesting colony fidelity. Journal of Wildlife Management 75(5):1012-1021. Download