Food Factor: How Nutrition Affects Maternal Care Between Does and Fawns

Food Factor: How Nutrition Affects Maternal Care Between Does and Fawns

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All available evidence indicates that summer food stress, for whatever reason, can contribute to unusually high newborn fawn mortality that would be mistakenly credited to predation.

Many factors can influence a young fawn’s growth rate, general well-being and prospects for survival. However, the mother’s level of nutrition during her last trimester of pregnancy is probably the most critical factor determining fetal development and survival prospects.

Malnourished does invariably give birth to small, weak fawns that die within a few days; some nutritionally stressed does might even abandon large,…



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