You currently do not have any folders to save your paper to! Your use of this feature and the translations is subject to all use restrictions contained in the Terms and Conditions of Use of the BioOne website. 5) Fiber was higher in the feces at SA 1 (20.5% in August, 11.5% in November) than at YT 1 (2.5% in August, 6.4% in November). A male sika deer will mate with multiple females over a breeding season, gathering as many as 12 females on his territory each year. You will have access to both the presentation and article (if available). Sika deer are very vocal and communicate with one another using at least 10 different sounds. The specifics of what they will eat depends though on the region where they reside. Again, additional studies are needed to quantitatively compare the proportion of pine in habitats, foraging patches and feces to determine if deer avoid this conifer. The typical diet of the white-tailed deer does not remain constant all year long. Diet: Sika deer primarily feed at dusk through dawn on marsh vegetation, grasses and agricultural crops such as corn and soybeans. The above changes were not consistent among sites; for example, fiber increased in samples obtained from two YT sites from August to November, but decreased in those collected from two SA sites. Males are called “stags” and females are called “hinds” or “cows.". The vegetation of YT is a primarily Betula ermanii- and Larix kaempferi-dominated forest with Sasa borealis, a dwarf bamboo, in the understory at YT 1 in the montane zone (Fig. Some of the common types of food that they are known to eat include grass, leaves, shoots, and twigs. The sika deer is a small, brown elk that lives in quiet marshes and forested wetlands on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. The sika deer (Cervus nippon) also known as the spotted deer or the Japanese deer, is a species of deer native to much of East Asia and introduced to other parts of the world. A related deer is the wapiti, which occurs in northern Fiordland. For the SA samples obtained in August, no significant difference was found between SA 1 and SA 2 samples (Kruskal–Wallis test, χ2 = 29.375, p = 0.000; Steel–Dwass test, t2 = 0.292, p = 0.954), but SA 3 samples had significantly higher crude protein than SA 2 samples (t2 = 6.480, p = 0.000). Statistical standard (α) was set at 0.05. 2012). A male Sika deer’s antlers generally have three to four points or tines, though the more mature and dominant stags have more. In the lower mountain in YT, dwarf bamboo comprised 40–55% of the plant compositions in fecal samples, whereas dicots were mostly found in SA samples. Choosing hunting areas that provide some of these food sources may aid your hunting success. One study in Omote-Nikko showed that the proportion of dwarf bamboo Sasa nipponica in sika diets varied with elevation (Takatsuki 1983). Crude protein content in sika deer feces collected from Mt Yatsugatake (YT 1–3) and the Japanese South Alps (SA 1–3) in August and November 2011. This will count as one of your downloads. The proportion of culms seemed to increase with elevation (Fig. Ohashi et al. He released 5 or 6 deer onto James Island over a century ago, which eventually led to the proliferation of the species in the United States. The PS values between YT and SA increased with elevation in both August and November (Fig. A sika deer's diet can include any of the following: marsh grasses, fallen leaves, trees, brushy vegetation, herbs, fungi, bamboo, ground ferns, poison ivy, soy beans, and corn depending on environmental conditions (Feldhamer 1980). A sika deer's diet can include marsh grasses, fallen leaves, trees, brushy vegetation, herbs, fungi, myrtle bushes, ground ferns, poison ivy, soybeans and corn. Another likely factor is the decline in hunting pressure, which has decreased over the last three decades and may minimize the avoidance of open alpine zones by sika deer (Takatsuki 1989a). Literature Cited Kurt, F. 1990. The sika deer varies in color from reddish-brown in the summer to dark brown or black in the winter. Above, a sika deer feeds on grass at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Karen Noonan Center in Dorchester County, Md., on Aug. 2, 2017. Samples at YT 3 did not contain dwarf bamboo. After about seven months, the female gives birth to a single calf, typically in forested areas or open field. Despite these negative environmental factors, the alpine zone seems to provide high-quality forage. The Chesapeake Bay Program is a unique regional partnership that has led and directed the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay since 1983. Prof. T. Iriki at Azabu University advised the analysis of crude protein contents. Additional studies are needed to quantitatively compare the proportion of grasses in habitats, foraging patches and feces to determine if deer are selective for grasses. By comparison, an average adult man in Britain is 1.77m high and weighs 79kg. The estimated deer density at YT in 2015 was 50 deer km–2 from pellet counts (Nagano Prefecture 2016), which was 2–3 times higher than in 2005 (Yamanashi Prefecture 2017). For example, wapiti C. elaphus canadensis in Alberta, Canada, migrated to the alpine zone to forage on high-protein plants (Morgantini and Hudson 1989, Hebblewhite et al. The proportions of grasses in SA 1 (23.5%) and SA 2 samples (33.2%, Kruskal–Wallis test, χ2 = 11.404, p = 0.003; Steel–Dwass test, t2 = –2.080, p = 0.094), and those in SA 2 and SA 3 samples (38.3%, t2 = –0.984, p = 0.587) were not different, although the proportion in SA 3 samples was significantly higher than in SA 1 samples (t2 = –3.413, p = 0.002). They were first introduced in the Chesapeake Bay watershed on James Island in Dorchester County, Maryland, in 1916. A study on bighorn sheep Ovis canadensis in southeastern Canadian Cordillera showed that plants at higher zones were more digestible and contained more protein, phosphorous and cellulose than plants at lower elevations (Johnston et al. There was relatively more fiber in SA samples, but the values declined with elevation although difference was not significant among the sites (Kruskal–Wallis test, χ2 = 4.555, p = 0.103; SA 1–SA 2: Steel–Dwass test, t2 = –2.847, p = 0.012; SA 1–SA 3: t2 = –1.444, p = 0.318, SA 2–SA 3: t2 = –1.627, p = 0.234, Fig. Since fiber in the feces indicates less digestible twigs of woody plants and stems of forbs, it is difficult to interpret the fecal compositions by food availability. This functionality is provided solely for your convenience and is in no way intended to replace human translation. There have been two case studies on the variation in sika deer diet with elevation. The sika deer is regarded as sacred in Japan. There was significantly less fiber in SA 3 samples (9.1%) than SA 1 samples (11.9%, Kruskal–Wallis test, χ2 = 4.751, p = 0.093; Steel–Dwass test, t2 = 2.431, p = 0.040). The recent invasion of sika deer into the alpine zone of central Japan reflects the population increase of the deer in the last three decades (Nakajima 2007). The crude protein contents of deer feces obtained from different vegetational zones and seasons are shown in Fig. 3 (see Supplementary material Appendix 1 Table A1 for other foods). In the alpine zone of both YT and SA, grasses were present the fecal samples (50% and 10–20%, respectively). 2008). Proportions of the major foods in sika deer feces for each season was compared by the Mann–Whitney U-tests when two sites were available and by the Kruskal–Wallis test, followed by the Steel–Dwass post hoc test when three sites were available (Esumi Mac Statistic Analysis, Ver. In SA 3 samples, only fiber decreased from August to November (U = 2.728, p = 0.006). The percentage frequency of feeding (F) was highest for graminoids (59.6%), followed by browses (16.6%) and ferns (7.7%) and lowest for forbs (5.4%).). Sika, rusa and sambar populations occur only in the North Island. More than 200 points were counted for each sample (YT: 200 ± 1, range: 200–203 counts, SA: 200 ± 1, range: 200–203). 1). 2). The Sika Deer feeds on a variety of woodland plants and grasses. Sika deer are native to Japan, Taiwan and eastern Asia, and were introduced into the Chesapeake Bay watershed in 1916. When fully grown stags weigh between 40 to 70kg and hinds 30 to 45kgs. Sike deer have a varied diet, which they adapt to their environment. Axis Deer. In central Japan, they inhabit subalpine and alpine zones from June to November, and then descend to lower elevations during the winter (Izumiyama and Mochizuki 2008, Izumiyama et al. The mother nurses her newborn calf for up to 10 months on increasingly fatty milk. The rumen contents of sika deer (Cervus nippon Temminck) on the Boso Peninsula, central Japan, were analyzed to identify local, sexual and age‐specific differences in food habits.Graminoids and woody plants were the primary foods throughout the year. This study assessed the composition of sika deer diets and compared nutritional quality between the low montane, subalpine and alpine zones. Radiotelemetry studies on deer movements in central Japan showed that some deer that wintered in the lower areas ascended mountains in early summer, and stayed at the subalpine and alpine zones (Izumiyama and Mochizuki 2008, Izumiyama et al. Only fiber content increased from August to November in YT 3 samples (U = 11.0, p = 0.003). Their diet fluctuates all year to what is available each season. A sika deer's diet can include marsh grasses, fallen leaves, trees, brushy vegetation, herbs, fungi, myrtle bushes, ground ferns, poison ivy, soybeans and corn. Furthermore, alpine weather is unstable and may become cold even in summer. 5); the pattern was similar in November (YT 1–YT 2: Kruskal–Wallis test, χ2 = 31.699, p = 0.000; Steel–Dwass test, t2 = –2.629, p = 0.023; YT 2–YT 3: t2 = 4.060, p = 0.000). The mean temperature in November at the foothill of YT ranges from –0.1°C in February to 24.8°C in August, and the mean annual precipitation is 1440 mm. Males usually weigh about 90 pounds, while females usually weigh about 70 pounds. Fecal samples were washed over a 0.5 mm aperture sieve, and the remaining material was microscopically analyzed using the point-frame method (Chamrad and Box 1964, Takatsuki 1978). The mean temperature ranges from –1.6°C in February to 22.5°C in August, and the mean annual precipitation is 1499 mm at Minami-arupusu Town at a foothill of SA. 3), but only the difference between YT 2 (19.6%) and YT 1 samples was significant (10.4%, t2 = –3.105, p = 0.005). Adult females use soft bleats and whistles to communicate with their young and other females, while young deer emit a soft, horse-like neigh when communicating with their mother. This is the first study to indicate that grasses are an important constituent of the diets of alpine sika deer in Japan. Fiber content was higher in YT 2 (11.0%) than YT 1 samples (6.4%, Kruskal–Wallis test, χ2 = 9.524, p = 0.009; Steel–Dwass test, t2 = –2.901, p = 0.010), but there was no clear pattern by elevation. Sika deer may be quite small- to medium-sized, depending on the region where they live and the food sources they have available. The food habits of Sika deer (Cervus nippon) on Mt. 2007, Takatsuki 2009a, Otsu et al. Cervus (Latin) a stag, deer. Other common foods of sika deer include poison ivy, catbrier, and marshgrass. Of course, feeding deer during the winter is more of a challenge. 3). Sika deer grow to about 2.5 feet tall at the rump. Diet and Nutrition Sika deer is herbivores and can eat any of the following: trees, fallen leaves, marsh grasses, brushy vegetation, herbs, fungi, ground ferns, bamboo, poison ivy, corn and soy beans. 2000, Igota et al. Reproduction Deer have 1-2 fawns annually, with twins being most common in does of prime breeding age. 2009, Takii et al. When alarmed, adult males emit a distinctive, high-pitched “bark" to alert others to danger. They are also called sika elk or Asian elk. YT 1: Sasa borealis, a dwarf bamboo, was abundant, YT 2: undergrowth was poor, YT 3: Siberian dwarf pine shrubs were dominant, SA 1: forbs and browses grew, SA 2: understory was poor, SA 3: Siberian dwarf pine shrubs and alpine meadow grew. There was no significant difference among SA samples: SA 1–SA 2 (Kruskal–Wallis test, χ2 = 3.050, p = 0.218; Steel–Dwass test, t2 = 1.399, p = 0.341), SA 1–SA 3 (t2 = –0.151, p = 0.987) and SA 2–SA 3 (t2 = –1.589, p = 0.251). The proportion of monocots was greater in YT 3 samples than YT 1 samples (Kruskal–Wallis test, χ2 = 5.647, p = 0.059; Steel–Dwass test, t2 = –2.402, p = 0.043) but there were not significant differences between YT 1 and YT 2 (t2 = –1.601, p = 0.245) and YT 2 and YT 3 (t2 = –0.164, p = 0.985). Crude protein content was compared between two study sites by the Mann–Whitney test, and among seasons by the Kruskal–Wallis test with the Steel–Dwass post hoc test. PSs were compared among the three vegetational zones by the Kruskal–Wallis test with the Steel–Dwass post hoc test. Since only Siberian dwarf pine Pinus pumila shrubs and alpine meadows dominated by Calamagrostis hakonensis, Veratrum album and Potentilla matsumurae grew in the alpine zones (Chubu Forest Management Office 2010), the landscape is open, which is less preferred by sika deer (Takatsuki 1989b). * p < 0.05, ** p < 0.01, *** p < 0.001. The mean proportions of the major foods are shown in Fig. Some studies focusing on the foods of alpine ungulates provide evidence for the protein benefits of alpine vegetation. Marsh grasses, fallen leaves, trees, brushy vegetation, herbs, fungi, ground ferns, poison ivy, soybeans and corn. In subalpine zones in YT, grasses are an important food item, comprising about 50% of the samples. No differences were found in YT 2 samples by month in most of the food plants: dwarf bamboo (Mann–Whitney test, U = 31.5, p = 0.154), grasses (U = 41.5, p = 0.775), monocots (U = 35.0, p = 0.414), dicots (U = 23.5, p = 0.079), culms (U = 41.0, p = 0.744) and fiber (U = 26.5, p = 0.130). They typically feed at night. The proportion of grasses in YT 2 samples (47.3%) was significantly higher than that in YT 1 samples (22.7%, Kruskal–Wallis test, χ2 = 18.324, p = 0.000; Steel–Dwass test, t2 = –3.275, p = 0.003), but there was no significant difference between YT 2 and YT 3 samples (54.1%; t2 = –1.471, p = 0.305). Additional Information: One would be hard-pressed to find information on Ohio’s introduced Sika Deer population. They typically feed at night. The proportion of dicots in the samples obtained at high elevation seemed to be greater than those at low elevation in YT (Fig. SA (the summit: 35°45′N, 138°14′E) is situated in the southeastern part of Nagano Prefecture, bordering the Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures (Fig. Sitka deer have no upper incisors, and digest vegetation through grinding plant material between their upper and lower molars. Sika deer not only excert effects on plants but also on abundance of birds (Okuda et al. Grasses were also relatively abundant in the feces at the subalpine zones (in August, 49.9% at YT 2, 33.3% at SA 2; in November, 47.3% at YT 2, 21.5% at SA 2). You have requested a machine translation of selected content from our databases. In the wintertime food is significantly harder to find, and deer eat a lot of buds, bark and shoots then. 2009). Sika deer are a medium to large sized deer that stand at around 0.70 to 0.95m tall at the shoulder for males (stags) and 0.50 to 0.70m for females (hinds). However, they can easily adapt to a variety of habitats. We analyzed the feces using a micro-histological method (Stewart 1967). (Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program), 2.5 feet tall at the rump; males weigh about 90 pounds, females weigh about 70 pounds. Since ruminants often face protein deficiency (Robbins 1992), high-protein plants are nutritionally valuable and the alpine zone is likely advantageous for sika deer in terms of forage quality. There was a higher proportion of dwarf bamboo (41.2%) in YT 1 than YT 2 (0.2%, Mann–Whitney test, U = 0, p = 0.000). Additionally, deciduous forests were logged and coniferous trees, such as Cryptomeria japonica and Chamaecyparis obtusa, were intensively planted during the 1960s and the 1970s (Agetsuma 2007). 4). Dicot content decreased in samples obtained at higher elevation and dicots were significantly more abundant in YT 1 (15.6%) than YT 3 samples (10.1%, Kruskal–Wallis test, χ2 = 3.378, p = 0.025; Steel–Dwass test, t2 = –2.574, p = 0.027). The composition similarity of the deer fecal samples in each vegetational zone was compared between YT and SA by Whittaker's percentage similarity (PS, Whittaker 1952). 3), but the difference was not significant (YT 1–YT 2: Kruskal–Wallis test, χ2 = 3.888, p = 0.143; Steel–Dwass test, t2 = –1.022, p = 0.563, YT 1–YT 3: t2 = –1.967, p = 0.121, YT 2–YT 3: t2 = 0.910, p = 0.634). They are widely raised in captivity to supply velvet antler for traditional medicine. Members of Bernina Alpine Club supported techniques of mountaineering. Funding – This study was partly supported by Natural Parks Foundation (Volunteer Fund for Nature Conservation 2011). Its native predators include tigers and wolves. To access this item, please sign in to your personal account. Another study on Yakushima Island, southern Japan, found that sika deer at low elevation ate more dicot leaves, while those in the alpine zone mainly ate Pseudosasa owatarii bamboo (Takatsuki 1990b). Mating & Reproduction in Sika Deer In Europe the breeding season or rut for Cervus nippon takes place between September and November. There were more grasses in samples obtained at higher elevation. The proportion of grasses was not significantly different between SA 1 (12.3%) and SA 2 samples (10.6%, t2 = 0.718, p = 0.753), but SA 3 samples had a higher proportion of grasses (23.7%) than SA 1 samples (t2 = –3.026, p = 0.007). We chose Mt Yatsugatake (YT) and the Japan South Alps (SA) as the study sites (Fig. Plant fragments were spread over a glass slide (1 mm grid size) and categorized into 11 groups: dwarf bamboo, grasses, sedges, other monocots, dicots, coniferous leaves, dicots, ferns, culms and sheaths, fiber, fruits and seeds, and others. 2), a coniferous Tsuga diversifolia and Abies veitchii forest with T. diversifolia, Picea jezoensis, A. veitchii and Betula ermanii at YT 2 in the subalpine zone, and Siberian dwarf pine Pinus pumila shrubs and alpine meadows dominated by Calamagrostis hakonensis, Veratrum album and Potentilla matsumurae at YT 3 in the alpine zone (Chubu Forest Management Office 2010). In the last three decades, sika deer Cervus nippon populations have been increasing and expanding their range in Japan (Nakajima 2007), thus exerting an impact on vegetation (Akashi and Terazawa 2005, Ohashi et al. These coniferous trees were densely planted, and prevented understory growth (Takatsuki 1990a), which resulted in a low carrying capacity of the deer. Sampling sites of sika deer feces in Mt Yatsugatake (YT 1–3) and the Japanese South Alps (SA 1–3). 3). A similar pattern was also observed in November (Fig. 2), which was well reflected in the dominance of grasses in the feces (in August, 56.4% at YT 3, 38.3% at SA 3; in November, 54.1% at YT 3, 43.5% at SA 3). This study is the first to quantify and compare the diets of sika deer in lower montane, subalpine and alpine zones of YT and the SA. In summary, dwarf bamboo was abundant in YT 1 samples and grasses were abundant in samples obtained at higher elevation in August. Fax: (410) 267-5777, © 2021 Chesapeake Bay Program All Rights Reserved Sika deer are smaller than Virginia’s white-tailed deer, being a medium-sized member of the deer family. The water content was determined using the atmospheric pressure drying method (135°C for 2 h). Predators Wolf, black and brown bears. There have been two case studies on the variation in sika deer diet with elevation. 5). However, the deer’s dependence on snacks given to them by tourists has been impacted by recent response to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. Translations are not retained in our system. In the presence of sika deer, white-tailed deer displayed an increased niche breadth (108%) and a lower diet quality (17%). They eat what is easily accessible. Sika deer, the graceful spotted deer of Japanese and Chinese art, originally were native to Asia from far-east Russia to Vietnam to the islands of Japan and Taiwan. Most sika deer breed in their second year, but about one-quarter breed in their first year. They have a smaller head and shorter legs compared to other more common deer. Since the crude protein content of sika deer feces is relative to that within their rumen (Watanabe and Takatsuki 1993), we used fecal crude protein as an index for food quality. 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