Foods of red deer in the Murchison mountains, Fiordland, New Zealand
- Wildlife Service, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, New Zealand
- Botany Division, DSIR, Dunedin, New Zealand
- Botany Department, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
[This is a resume of a paper read at the Ecological Society Conference, 1982.]
Competition between introduced red deer (Cervus elaphus) and the endangered takahe (Notornis mantelli) for favoured species of Chionochloa tussock, together with a deterioration of the forest understory through heavy deer utilization have contributed to the decline of takahe in Fiordland. An opportunity to study the foods of deer arose following the introduction of helicopter hunting of deer in 1975.