Roe deer - Capreolus capreolusroe buck

I took both my Master and PhD on roe deer habitat selection - as part of the Lier project presented below. I currently work more sporadically on the species - now also more life history oriented studies. We have a long-term, but small scale, monitoring of roe deer body mass in Lier municipality, Buskerud together with my former supervisor Eivind Østbye. I also work from time to time with Jean-Michel Gaillard on his excellent French roe deer data, and with Petter Kjellander with similar data from Sweden. I am also involved in the Eurodeer-initiative.

We have in April 2012 marked the first roe deer with GPS transmitter on the west coast of Norway. That was in Tingvoll, Møre og Romsdal - and done as a collaboration with Erling Meisingset, Bioforsk.

Picture: A roe buck previously kept in captivity here at the University of Oslo. Photo: Atle Mysterud.

I have together with Reidar Andersen (Prof. NTNU) and Erik Lund (manager, DN) written a popular book ABOUT ROE DEER IN NORWAY (In Norwegian).





Papers on roe deer

22. Milner, J.M., Bonenfant, C., and Mysterud, A. 2011. Hunting bambi – evaluating the basis for selective harvesting of juveniles. European Journal of Wildlife Research 57: 565-574.

21. Nordström, J., Kjellander, P., Andrén, H., and Mysterud, A. 2009. Can supplemental feeding of red fox (Vulpes vulpes) increase roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) recruitment in the boreal forest? Wildlife Biology 15: 222-227. [pdf]

20. Veiberg, V., Mysterud, A., Gaillard, J.-M., Delorme, D., Van Laere, G., and Klein, F. 2007. Bigger teeth for longer life? Longevity and molar height in two roe deer populations. Biology Letters 3: 268-270. [pdf]

19. Ratikainen, I.I., Panzacchi, M., Mysterud, A., Odden, J., Linnell, J.D.C., and Andersen, R. 2007. Use of winter habitat by roe deer at a northern latitude where Eurasian lynx are present. Journal of Zoology 273: 192-199. [pdf]

18. Vanpé, C., Gaillard, J.-M., Kjellander, P., Mysterud, A., Magnien, P., Delorme, D., Van Laere, G., Klein, F., Liberg, O., and Hewison, A.J.M. 2007. Antler size provides an honest signal of male phenotypic quality in roe deer. American Naturalist 169: 481-493. [pdf]

17. Mysterud, A., Tryjanowski, P., Panek, M., Pettorelli, N., and Stenseth, N.C. 2007. Inter-specific synchrony of two contrasting ungulates: wild boar (Sus scrofa) and roe deer (Capreolus capreolus). Oecologia 151: 232-239. [pdf]

16. Mysterud, A., Tryjanowski, P., and Panek, M. 2006. Selectivity of harvesting differs between local and foreign roe deer hunters – trophy stalkers have the first shot at the right place. Biology Letters 2: 632-635. [pdf]

15. Pettorelli, N., Gaillard, J.-M., Mysterud, A., Duncan, P., Stenseth, N.C., Delorme, D., and Van Laere, G. 2006. Using a proxy of plant productivity (NDVI) to find key periods for animal performance: the case of roe deer. Oikos 112: 565-572. [pdf]

14. Mysterud, A., and Østbye, E. 2006. The effect of climate and density on individual and population growth of roe deer Capreolus capreolus at northern latitudes – the Lier valley, Norway. Wildlife Biology 12: 321-329. [pdf]

13. Mysterud, A., and Østbye, E. 2006. Comparing simple methods for ageing roe deer Capreolus capreolus: can any of them be useful in management? Wildlife Biology 12: 101-107. [pdf]

12. Mysterud, A., and Østbye, E. 2004. Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) browsing pressure affect yew (Taxus baccata) recruitment within nature reserves in Norway. Biological Conservation 120: 545-548. [pdf]

11. Mysterud, A., Lian, L.-B., and Hjermann, D.Ø. 1999. Scale-dependent trade-offs in foraging by European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) during winter. Canadian Journal of Zoology 77: 1486-1493. [pdf]

10. Mysterud, A., Larsen, P.K., Ims, R.A., and Østbye, E. 1999. Habitat selection by roe deer and sheep: does habitat ranking reflect resource availability? Canadian Journal of Zoology 77: 776-783. [pdf]

9. Mysterud, A., and Østbye, E. 1999. The frequency of antlered female and antlerless male roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) in a population in south-east Norway. Zeitschrift für Jagdwissenschaft 45: 208-211. [pdf]

8. Mysterud, A. 1999. Seasonal migration pattern and home range of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) in an altitudinal gradient in southern Norway. Journal of Zoology 247: 479-486. [pdf]

7. Mysterud, A. 1998. Large male territories in a low density population of roe deer Capreolus capreolus with small female home ranges. Wildlife Biology 4: 231-235. [pdf]

6. Holand, Ø., Mysterud, A., Wannag, A., and Linnell, J.D.C. 1998. Roe deer in northern environments: physiology and behaviour. pp. 117-137. In: Andersen, R., Duncan, P. & Linnell, J.D.C. (eds.). European roe deer: The biology of success. Scandinavian University Press, Oslo. [pdf]

5. Kjøstvedt, J.H., Mysterud, A., and Østbye, E. 1998. Roe deer Capreolus capreolus use of agricultural crops during winter in the Lier valley, Norway. Wildlife Biology 4: 23-31. [pdf]

4. Mysterud, A., Bjørnsen, B.H., and Østbye, E. 1997. Effects of snow depth on food and habitat selection by roe deer Capreolus capreolus along an altitudinal gradient in south-central Norway. Wildlife Biology 3: 27-33. [pdf]

3. Mysterud, A. 1996. Bed-site selection by adult roe deer Capreolus capreolus in southeastern Norway during summer. Wildlife Biology 2: 101-106. [pdf]

2. Mysterud, A., and Østbye, E. 1995. Roe deer Capreolus capreolus feeding on yew Taxus baccata in relation to bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus density and snow depth. Wildlife Biology 1: 249-253. [pdf]

1. Mysterud, A., and Østbye, E. 1995. Bed-site selection by European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) in southeastern Norway during winter. Canadian Journal of Zoology 73: 924-932. [pdf]
The roe deer project in Lier

The roe deer project in Lier, Buskerud in Norway, was started with the aim of obtaining better knowledge regarding roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) habitat use, home range and migration pattern in an area with a steep altitudinal gradient and a low deer density compared to continental Europe. During the field-seasons 1994-97, a total of 41 roe deer was captured and marked with radio collars. Below you can find some pictures from the work of capturing roe deer in Lier. The results are presented in my PhD thesis. We also presented the main results in the report "Rådyrets habitat i Lier" for Norwegian readers (no electronic version available - the report can be ordered from me).

I was financially supported from 1996-1998 by a grant from the Research Council of Norway (NFR, Project No 110907/410), for which I am very grateful. My supervisors were professors Eivind Østbye and Rolf A. Ims, a great team that indeed made this period enjoyable.


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Capturing roe deer.

Roe deer about to be captured in boxtraps of the "Öster-Malma"-type (you can also find a close up). At least I thought so when taking this picture. However, the door was frosen, so this deer got away - at least that time.

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Here is a close-up of a roe deer that is about to retain its freedom, since it was already marked. The person by the trap is Tom Einar Øverby from Øverskogen in Lier that assisted us during the field work (Back to top of this page).

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"Drop-nets" (you can also view a roe deer in the net).

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Here is the deer after the net is released. (Back to top of this page)

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