Sitka Black-tailed Deer Population Surveys

Sitka Promo

Management goals for Sitka black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis) at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge are to minimize deer impacts to native flora and fauna while maintaining subsistence harvest opportunities. Accomplishment of these goals requires statistically-robust estimates of deer abundance. During 2012 and 2014, researchers estimated deer abundances in non-forested, non-mountainous habitats of southern Kodiak Island using double observer (mark-recapture) distance sampling applied to traditional line-transect aerial counts.

2012 Deer Survey Report
2014 Deer Survey Report