The Deer Dilemma Created By: Amy Taylor Hazelwood Central High School To Teacher Page ToActivity
Teacher Page • Grade Level: 10 • MAP Content Standards: • The learner will be able to describe the effects of a decrease in biodiversity. • The learner will be able to understand that human decisions regarding how resources are used changes the balance and diversity of ecosystems.
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The Deer Dilemma After decades of widespread human expansion, the 1925 Missouri deer population was estimated at 325. Thanks to conservation efforts, white-tailed deer are no longer a threatened species in Missouri. In many areas the deer are becoming a nuisance to humans when less than a century ago the tables were turned.
In this activity you will act as a field research assistant for the conservation department. Your job is to investigate the deer population and the affects of natural phenomena and human activity on it.
Background Research: You have researched the history of the Missouri deer population as shown. What can you determine from the above graph?
The deer population has been steadily increasing, and even with a legal hunting season the population is pushing the land’s carrying capacity. • What are three questions you would like answered to explain this population trend? 1. ____________________________ 2. ____________________________ 3. ____________________________
You may have said... • Has there been any change in habitat? • Has there been any change in migration patterns? • Has there been a decrease in predator population? • Has there been any change in mating habits? • Has there been any change in birth/death rate?
Or maybe... • Is there an increase in food supply? • Have there been any changes in weather patterns? • Are there any changes in hunting regulations? Be sure your questions are specific about possible reasons for an increase in population.
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