Many areas deferred as deer winter range during the initial logging development of the Lillooet Valley in the 1970's and 1980's are now being included in the "second pass" harvesting plans, increasing the potential for harvesting activity - deer winter habitat conflicts in the Pemberton area. While deer winter range locations and periods of use have been generally defined, very few data are available regarding the seasonal use of specific habitat types. This information is requir3ed to assist in the resolution of possible conflicts between wildlife habitat management objectives and those of the local forest industry. As such, this project?s aims were: (1) to locate deer migration routes in the area, (2) to identify areas most heavily utilized as deer winter habitat and determine the home range size of individual animals in these areas and (3) document habitat types occurring on these ranges.
During the winters of 1991, 1992, and 1993, 14 adult female black-tailed deer residing on winter ranges in Pemberton Valley were livetrapped and fitted with radio transmitters collars and their movements monitored via aerial and ground telemetry surveys.
Lemke, S.L.. 1994. Black-Tailed Deer Range Use Patterns in the Pemberton Valley. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks