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Comparative effects on plants of caribou/reindeer, moose and white-tailed deer herbivory.

Michel Crete (1)

Jean-Pierre Ouellet (2)

Louis Lesage (3)

ABSTRACT. We reviewed the literature reporting negative or positive effects on vegetation of herbivory by caribou/reindeer, moose, and white-tailed deer in light of the hypothesis of exploitation ecosystems (EEH), which predicts that most of then negative impacts will occur in areas where wolves were extirpated. We were able to list 197 plant taxa negatively affected by the three cervid species, as opposed to 24 that benefited from their herbivory. The plant taxa negatively affected by caribou/reindeer (19), moose (37), and white-tailed deer (141) comprised 5%, 9%, and 11% of vascular plants present in their respective ranges. Each cervid affected mostly species eaten during the growing season: lichens and woody species for caribou/reindeer, woody species and aquatics for moose, and herbs and woody species for white-tailed deer. White-tailed deer were the only deer reported to feed on threatened or endangered plants. Studies related to damage caused by caribou/reindeer were scarce and often concerned lichens. Most reports for moose and white-tailed deer came from areas where wolves were absent or rare. Among the three cervids, white-tailed deer might damage the most vegetation because of its smaller size and preference for herbs.

Key words: caribou, forage, herbivory, moose, reindeer, vegetation, white-tailed deer, wolf

RESUME. A la lumiere de l'hypothese de l'exploitation des ecosystemes (EEH), nous avons examine les publications qui mentionnent les effets negatifs ou positifs, sur la vegetation, du broutement du caribou/renne, de l'orignal et du cerf de Virginie. Cette hypothese predit que les impacts negatifs se concentrent dans des endroits ou le loup a ete elimine. Nous avons pu enumerer 197 taxons vegetaux affects negativement par les trois cervides, contre 24 qui profitaient du broutement. Le nombre de taxons vegetaux affectes negativement par le broutement du caribou/renne (19), de l'orignal (37) et du cerf de Virginie (141) representait respectivement 5, 9 et 11 p. cent des plantes vasculaires situees dans les aires de repartition specifiques des animaux. Chaque cervide affectait surtout les especes consommees durant la saison de croissance vegetable: lichens et plantes ligneuses pour le caribou/renne, plantes ligneuses et aquatiques pour l'orignal, et plantes herbacees et ligneuses pour le cerf de Virginie. Selon l es rapports, ce dernier etait le seul cerf qui broutait des plantes menacees ou en voie de disparition. Les etudes rapportant des dommages causes par le caribou/renne etaient rares et traitaient souvent des lichens. La plupart des rapports sur l'orignal et le cerf de Virginie couvraient des zones ou le loup etait rare ou absent. Des trois cervides, celui qui causerait le plus de dommages a la vegetation est le cerf de Virginie, en raison de sa taille plus petite et de sa preference pour les plantes herbacees.

Mots cles: caribou, cerf de Virginie, herbivore, loup, nourriture, orignal, renne, vegetation

Traduit pour la revue Arctic par Nesida Loyer.


Ecologists and plant physiologists have devoted considerable attention to the impact on vegetation of large herbivores, particularly because they capture proportionally more energy than small herbivores do in terrestrial ecosystems (Silva and Downing, 1995). At the individual and species level, controlled studies have considered plant responses to herbivory in terms of biomass, components, and morphology. Tissue loss can stimulate plant production under some conditions (de Mazancourt et al., 1998), although repeated herbivory often reduces plant biomass. In woody species, plant consumption during the growing season generally reduces production (Hjalten et al., 1993; Canham et al., 1994; Ouellet et al., 1994; Bergstrom and Danell, 1995; Manseau, 1996; Crete and Doucet, 1998), whereas most of these species can tolerate browsing during dormancy (Aldous, 1952; Krefting et al., 1966; Danell and Bergstrom, 1989; Hjalten et al., 1993; Canham et al., 1994). Herbivory can modify the chemical composition of plants: hyp otheses suggest that some compounds, such as phenolics and terpenoids, represent one of the major mechanisms of woody plant defence against herbivores, although current hypotheses cannot adequately predict plant biochemical responses to tissue loss (Koricheva et al., 1998). Herbivory often induces change in the morphology of woody species that may facilitate or hinder future plant consumption (Krefting et al., 1966; Willard and McKell, 1978; Danell and Bergstorm, 1989; Edenius, 1993; Danell et al., 1994; McLaren, 1996).

At the community level, Caughley (1976) proposed a simple model describing trophic interactions of plants and ungulates, which applies at an ecological time scale. This model predicts reduction and dampened oscillations of plant (and herbivore) biomass after the colonization of a virgin area by ungulates. More recently, the impact of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) herbivory in predator-free areas has led some authors to suggest that herbivore/plant systems could have two stable steady-state equilibria, one at high and the other at low plant density (Schmitz and Sinclair, 1997; Stromayer and Warren, 1997; Augustine et al., 1998). Extending a hypothesis put forward by Hairston et al. (1960), Oksanen et al. (1981) proposed a model which predicts trophic interactions along gradients of productivity at an evolutionary time scale: the hypothesis of exploitation ecosystems (EEH; see also Oksanen and Oksanen, 2000). According to the EEH, food chains would be reduced to plants and herbivores in unproductiv e areas, i.e., those producing less than 700 g per [m.sup.2] per year, a level of productivity that corresponds to the transition between the boreal forest and the tundra along a latitudinal gradient (Oksanen et al., 1981). Vegetation would then have evolved under strong grazing pressure in unproductive areas. In more productive landscapes, the EEH predicts that predators would have regulated herbivores, relaxing in turn the grazing pressure on plants; thus plants would have been regulated by competition for light, nutrients, and water. In addition, a trade-off would exist for herbivores in productive ecosystems between predator elusion and forage quality, herbivores selecting nutrient-rich forage to minimize digestive tract weight and to maximize agility (Oksanen, 1992). According to the EEH, the removal of predators from productive areas would cause herbivores to be regulated by competition for forage. This would result in strong grazing pressure, particularly on nutrient-rich plants, i.e., community-wide t rophic cascades. Although the existence of community-wide trophic cascades has not yet been shown in terrestrial ecosystems, a meta-analysis indicates that trophic cascades represent a common outcome of predator removal at the species level (Schmitz et al., 2000).

North America is an appropriate continent for testing the EEH because natural predators of large mammals have persisted with relatively limited human interference over its northern half. The current distribution of biomass of cervids, the dominant group of large herbivores in North America (Crete, 1999), supports the EEH. In the High Arctic (>75[degrees]N), cervid biomass reaches only 0.7 kg per [km.sup.2]. This figure increases to 16 kg per [km.sup.2] on the southern islands of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago (between[approximately equal to]70[degrees]N and 75[degrees]N), and to 106kg per [km.sup.2] in the continental Northwest Territories and northern Quebec, where the large Canadian herds of migratory caribou are located. Farther south, in more productive systems, cervid biomass averages 62 kg per [km.sup.2] throughout the boreal and mixed forests of Canada where gray wolves (Canis lupus) and bears (Ursus americanus, U. arctos) have remained present, but 299 kg per [km.sup.2] at the same latitudes when wol ves are absent or recolonizing (Crete, 1999). Similar or higher biomasses of free-ranging cervids occur in Fennoscandia with insignificant predator numbers (Pullianen, 1980; Skogland, 1986; Sagor et al., 1997; Angelstam et al., 2000). South of the wolf range in North America, cervid biomass shows a direct relationship with primary productivity: densities are highest in the southeast of the continent, where the only cervid present is white-tailed deer (Crete, 1999).

We compared the effects on vegetation from herbivory of three well-studied cervid species: reindeer/caribou (Rangifer tarandus), moose (Alces alces), and white-tailed deer. Under the assumption of the EEH, we predicted that the occurrence of negative effects of cervid herbivory would be concentrated in areas devoid of natural predators, particularly the gray wolf. Caribou coexist with gray wolves throughout their range except on the Island of Newfoundland and in a few other isolated populations. Moose live in the presence of wolves and bears almost everywhere in Canada west of the St. Lawrence River valley, but not in Newfoundland, the Maritimes, and New England. In the northwestern United States, where wolves are locally recolonizing, they have had a marginal impact on moose for many decades. The ranges of white-tailed deer and wolves overlap only slightly, in southern Canada west of the St. Lawrence River valley. Bears and wolves have been kept at very low density in Fennoscandia for many decades (Pulliane n, 1980; Sagor et al., 1997).


We searched the literature for studies reporting effects of caribou (reindeer), moose, and white-tailed deer herbivory on vegetation found within their natural distribution, which excluded islands of the South Atlantic. We separated plant species into five groups: lichens and mosses, aquatics, other herbs, woody plants with terminal bud within reach of herbivores ([approximately equal to] 1.5 to 3 m depending on cervid species and season), and woody plants with terminal bud out of reach. For each reference, we noted by species (or in some cases by genus) whether herbivory (a) had a positive or negative influence on plant attributes (i.e., coverage, height, biomass, density, and survival); (b) caused damage (topping, bark stripping, or death); or (c) threatened plant existence locally. When reports compared browsed and unbrowsed sites, we took only those species for which a significant difference existed; otherwise, we accepted the authors' opinion. We mapped the location of each study area, but considered sep arately each of multiple publications originating from the same site. To compare the three cervid species on the same basis, we divided the number of vascular plant species that each cervid negatively affected by the estimated number of plants growing in the centre of its range, taking these estimates from Barthlott et al.'s (1996) map. We selected values of 250 vascular plants within the central range for caribou/reindeer, 400 for moose, and 1250 for white-tailed deer.


We found nine records of caribou/reindeer affecting vegetation from five areas: Alaska, a small island in the Northwest Territories, northern Quebec, Greenland, and northern Fennoscandia (Fig. 1). Within the range that moose share with established wolf populations (Fig. 1), we found two reports from Alaska, six from Isle Royale (Michigan), one from Ontario, and one from southern Quebec. Outside the wolf range or in lightly populated areas, we found 10 reports, which came from southeastern Quebec, Newfoundland, Sweden, Finland, and Estonia. The 25 reports concerning white-tailed deer came from 24 jurisdictions where long-established wolf populations were absent.

Caribou/reindeer, moose, and white-tailed deer negatively affected 19, 37, and 141 plant taxa respectively, as compared to 7, 4, and 8 taxa that took advantage of browsing by the respective cervids (Table 1). Caribou impacted shrubs and lichens/mosses similarly and, to a lesser extent, terrestrial herbs, whereas the majority of plants affected by moose and white-tailed deer were trees/ shrubs and herbs, respectively. Caribou and white-tailed deer mostly reduced plant coverage, as opposed to moose, which often reduced plant height and density. With one exception, only moose were reported to be killing some stems and topping and bark stripping trees. White-tailed deer were unique in threatening some species, but most cases reported came from a single study based on an interview of state botanists (Miller et al., 1992).

Caribou/reindeer could affect lichens of the genus Cladina positively or negatively, depending on browsing pressure (Table 2). Mosses and graminoids often took advantage of caribou herbivory because caribou browsing and trampling can almost completely destroy terrestrial lichens (Thing, 1984; Klein, 1987; Manseau et al., 1996). Two genera were particularly affected by moose, Potamogeton among aquatics, and Salix among shrubs (Table 3). Moose had very little influence on terrestrial herbs, and very few species benefited from their herbivory. White-tailed deer had a detrimental effect on forest herbs in particular (Table 4), but the importance of their impact might be overestimated, because 80% of the taxa listed came from a single study (Miller et al., 1992). Similarly, 44% of taxa listed for woody plants, the other group impacted by white-tailed deer, were tallied by Miller et al. (1992).

The proportion of vascular plants negatively affected reached 5% for caribou/reindeer, 9% for moose, and 11% for white-tailed deer. However, if we exclude the Miller (1992) study, this last percentage decreases to 3%.


Our evaluation of deer herbivory is likely biased because it relied on the literature rather than on a systematic sampling of vegetation. However, our study considered only North America and northwestern Europe, two areas where cervids have received much attention for many decades. We believe that the numerous field ecologists working in North America and Fennoscandia have probably detected most cases of severe impacts of deer herbivory. We argue that our literature review describes at least qualitatively the impact of caribou/reindeer, moose, and white-tailed deer on the ecosystems in which they live.

Overall, caribou/reindeer, moose, and white-tailed deer herbivory caused mostly negative impacts on the vegetation, affecting in particular lichens, shrubs, and terrestrial herbs, respectively (Table 1). The results give some support to our prediction that detrimental effects of cervid herbivory would show up mostly in areas devoid of gray wolves. Reports of vegetation damage caused by caribou! reindeer were limited to a few locations. In Alaska, one report referred to introduced reindeer on St. Matthew Island (Klein, 1987) and the other to Nelchina caribou in the early 1970s (Pegau, 1975). The only report from the Northwest Territories (Henry and Gunn, 1991) concerned an unusual situation: a large group of caribou that remained trapped on a small island after spring breakup of the ice was reduced to starvation. The vegetation recovered soon after this browsing episode. Severe impacts of summer herbivory in northern Quebec might also represent a special case because of area geography. On the Quebec/Labrador p eninsula, the preferred summer habitat of caribou, tundra, covers a much smaller area than their winter habitat, forest-tundra and boreal forest (Crete and Huot, 1993). Finally, supplementary feeding in winter may have imposed an artificially high browsing pressure on the vegetation used by reindeer in Fennoscandia (Kumpula et al., 1998). It is noteworthy that we found no mention of herbivory effects on vegetation in the range of the large migratory herds in northwestern Canada and Alaska, where caribou density has been high in recent years (Ferguson and Gauthier, 1992). The crucial impact of caribou on lichens and the slow recovery of this vegetation (e.g., Klein, 1987) make plausible the hypothesis of a long-term, cyclic/fluctuating dynamic (Messier et al., 1988). Cyclic dynamics also characterize populations of small mammals (Turchin and Hanski, 1997) and snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus: Boutin et al., 1995) at the same latitudes.

Our results generally support our prediction for moose and white-tailed deer (Fig. 1). Within the wolf range, the two cases involving moose in Alaska (Miquelle and Van Ballenberghe, 1989; MacCracken et al., 1997) and the one in southern Quebec (DesMeules, 1968) concerned bark stripping, a feeding behaviour with limited effects on plants (Faber and Edenius, 1998) that can be observed at low population density (DesMeules, 1968). Reports of negative effects of moose herbivory on Isle Royale, where gray wolves occur, would depend on moose being regulated by forage competition, in the absence of black bears. The combined action of wolf and bear species is needed to regulate moose by predation (Crete, 1987; Messier, 1994; Crete, 1999). The last study reporting negative effects of moose herbivory in the wolf range dealt with aquatic feeding in Ontario (Fraser and Hristienko, 1983). Many studies reported negative effects of moose and white-tailed deer herbivory from areas with few (Fennoscandia) or no wolves. However , agriculture might act as a confounding factor in the case of white-tailed deer because some crops help to sustain deer populations (e.g., Nixon et al., 1991), and crop browsing increases the browsing pressure on native plants growing in adjacent woodlots (Augustine and Frelich, 1998).

Deer impact What They Eat During the Growing Season

During summer, caribou/reindeer consume mostly leaves of shrubs, graminoids, and some herbs, although they continue to eat lichens (Skogland, 1984; Thing, 1984; Gauthier et al., 1989; Crete et al., 1989). Graminoids are very resilient to grazing (e.g., Manseau, 1996). This resilience, as well as their low palatability (Crete et al., 1989), explains the absence of reports on detrimental effects of caribou herbivory for this group. During the snow-free period, trampling by caribou, as well as consumption, might contribute to extirpation of lichens. During the rest of the year, snow cover offers some protection from trampling, though caribou do form craters in the snow to search for food. Moose include mostly leaves of woody plants and some aquatics in their summer diet, but eat very few herbs (Cushwa and Coady, 1976; Morow, 1976; Belovsly, 1981; Crete and Jordan, 1981; Irwin, 1985; Butler, 1986). White-tailed deer consume a broad variety of food items during the growing season according to availability, but in forested areas, they concentrate their browsing on leaves of woody plants, herbs, and grass (Healy, 1971; McCaffery et al., 1974; Skinner and Telfer, 1974; McCullough, 1985; Rose and Harder, 1985; Johnson et al., 1995).

On the basis of the crude list of plant tax a that we present, we should conclude that white-tailed deer have a greater detrimental impact on the vegetation than do caribou/reindeer or moose. In addition, only white-tailed deer pose a risk for rare plant species. White-tailed deer prefer many herb species, in particular lilies and orchids (Miller et al., 1992), and herbs might be less resistant to repeated defoliation than woody species, being more exposed to complete defoliation. White-tailed deer herbivory could also cause the greatest negative impact by reason of relative body size. Given equal forage quality, the smallest cervid should be capable of positive foraging at the lowest plant biomass per surface area (Illius and Gordon, 1987), which means that white-tailed deer (male = 66 kg; Crete and Daigle, 1999) could extirpate a plant species from an area more easily than could moose (442 kg) or caribou/reindeer (159 kg).

Can Deer Herbivory Change the Structure of Plant Communities?

In the absence of predators, moose and white-tailed deer herbivory could convert forests into scrubland or chaparral after perturbation if they browsed down all tree and shrub species. Two case studies illustrate the mechanisms that prevent such an outcome: Potvin and Breton (1992) for white-tailed deer and McInnes et al. (1992) for moose.

White-tailed deer on Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence have controlled all palatable herbs, deciduous woody plants (Potvin and Breton, 1992), and balsam fir regeneration even in large clear-cut areas (> 1 [km.sup.2]: F. Potvin, pers. comm. 1999). However, white and black spruce (Picea glauca; P. mariana) receive very little browsing (Huot, 1982). Balsam fir has dominated the forests growing on this island until recently, but white spruce is likely replacing it; in the future, the island should remain treed, but forest composition should change drastically unless deer density declines significantly. Moose on Isle Royale in Lake Superior affect the vegetation in a similar manner, although their summer browsing concentrates on woody species. Moose reduce the leaf biomass of deciduous trees and shrubs, reduce their height, slow down canopy closure by deciduous trees, and favour herbs by letting more light reach the ground (McInnes et al., 1992). In addition, winter browsing on balsam fir postpones cano py closure by this species (McLaren and Peterson, 1994). However, moose rarely browse spruce, and Isle Royale should remain forested under the worst-case scenario; until recently, moose had not impeded paper birch (Betula papyrifera) and trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides) from growing out of their reach McInnes et al., 1992).

At high caribou/reindeer population density, tundra plants could be at risk of extirpation since they all remain within the reach of herbivores. However, such plant communities appear to tolerate browsing well. Manseau et al. (1996) illustrate this point. Caribou in northern Quebec have almost extirpated lichens, but their effect on vascular plants has remained more limited, only reducing the leaf biomass of some shrub species. For instance, their browsing has not destroyed stands of dwarf birch (Betula glandulosa), their preferred forage (Crete et al., 1989), although it has affected the health of stems (Crete and Doucet, 1998). The relative resilience of the tundra vegetation to caribou/reindeer browsing could result from coevolution at relatively high herbivore density, as suggested by the EEH.

Although deer herbivory cannot change the structure of ecosystems in an ecological time frame, it can substantially modify their plant composition and biomass. Browsing could threaten or eliminate some species: in particular, herbs could be threatened by white-tailed deer (Miller et al., 1992). This possibility exists (Crete, 1999), but local or total elimination should generally be improbable for at least two reasons. Woody species and herbs react to defoliation in various ways that often reduce the efficiency of future herbivory because of size reduction (e.g., Balgooyen and Waller, 1995; Crete and Doucet, 1998). This reaction can produce a feedback in the herbivore by lowering its physical condition, fecundity, and population density, relaxing pressure on the vegetation. In ddition, refugia exist for plants to escape herbivory, i.e., cliffs, inaccessible plateaux (Manseau et al., 1996), boulders (Rooney, 1997), and treefall mounds (Long et al, 1998). We conclude that the standing biomass of preferred forag e species can be drastically reduced by deer herbivory, but that most taxa should persist during periods of high herbivory and should recolonize vacant areas when deer density decreases, a plausible possibility after se ere forage reduction or reintroduction of natural predator (Crete, 1999). On an evolutionary time scale, the permanent exclusion of predators could allow the appearance particularly in forests) of herbivores adapted to exploit nutrient-poor forage (e.g., spruce; Oksanen, 1992). In such a case, one should expect major change in the structure and the composition of plant communities. Areas where large carnivores have been extirpated in recent times may currently represent coevolutionary hot spots (sensu Thompson, 1999).

We cannot conclude firmly whether the body of data collected to date on plant/herbivore interactions for these three cervid species supports the EEH. However, measuring cervid biomass and annual forage production along a productivity gradient would provide a powerful test of the hypothesis. Indeed, the EEH predicts that, in the absence of functional predators, the standing biomass o herbivores would increase along with primary productivity, whereas that of forage would remain constant or show a very modest increase (Oksanen and Oksanen, 2000). This test could be carried out in eastern North America, from the tip of the Gaspe Peninsula to Florida. It would involve measuring cervid biomass and standing forage biomass at the end of a normal growing season in natural areas where moose and white-tailed deer have not been strogly limited by hunting during previous decades.


We would like to express our gratitude to L. Oksanen and F. Potvin, who kindly commented on a previous draft of this manuscript. D. J. Currie indicated the reference that included a map showing the density of vascular plants on the earth's surface. The Societe de la Faune et des Parcs du Quebec, the Fonds FCAR, an NSERC supported this work.

(1.) Societe de la Faune et Parcs du Quebec, Direction de la recherche sur la faune, 675 boul. Rene-Levesque Est (BP 92), Quebec, Quebec G1R 5V7, Canada, and Departement de biologie, Universite Laval, Sainte-Foy, Quebec G1K 7P4, Canada, and Departement de biologie, Universite du Quebec a Rimouski, 300, Allee des Ursulines, Rimouski, Quebec G5L 3A1, Canada;

(2.) Departement de biologie, Universite du Quebec a Rimouski, 300, Allee des Ursulines, Rimouski, Quebec G5L 3A1, Canada

(3.) Departement de biologie and Centre d'etudes nordiques, Universite Laval, Sainte-Foy, Quebec G1K 7P4, Canada


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Number of plant species negatively (or positively) affected by the
browsing of three cervid species in North America and Fennoscandia and
type of impact on those plant species, as reported in the literature. In
some cases, only the genus was specified.

                  Caribou/Reindeer  Moose  White-tailed Deer

Trees and Shrubs

   Out of reach         0           14(0)         1(0)
   At reach             7(0)        16(2)        46(3)
   Terrestrial          5(2)         1(2)        93(5)
   Aquatic              0            6(0)         0

Lichens/mosses          7(5)         0            1(0)

Type of Effect

   Coverage            18(5)         0(2)        26(4)
   Density              0            9(1)        11(3)
   Height               0           14           13(3)
   Biomass              7(2)         7(1)         6
   Bark/top             0           10            1
   Survival             0            7            0
   Conservation         0            0           98

Plants in three broad groups (non-vascular, herbaceous, and woody)
negatively or positively affected by caribou/reindeer herbivory, as
reported in the literature.

 Non-vascular                    Herbaceous

Negative Effects

 Cetraria nivalis (1)            Eriophorum vaginatum (2)
 Cladina arbuscula (7, 8)        Oxytropis nigrescens (8)
 Cladina stellaris (1, 3, 5, 6)  Pedicularis sudetica (8)
 Cladina mitis (1)               Rubus chamaemorus (3)
 Cladina rangiferina (1)         Solidago macrophylla (3)
 Stereocaulon paschale (1)
 Sphagnum sp. (3)
 Lichens sp. (2, 3, 9)

Positive Effects

 Cladina arbuscula (5, 6)        Carex bigelowii (1)
 Cladina rangiferina (5, 6)      Festuca ovina (1)
 Dicranum sp. (5, 6)
 Pleurozium schreberi (6)
 Mosses sp. (2, 3)

 Non-vascular                    Woody

Negative Effects

 Cetraria nivalis (1)            Betula glandulosa (2, 3, 4)
 Cladina arbuscula (7, 8)        Caluna vulgaris (2, 6)
 Cladina stellaris (1, 3, 5, 6)  Empetrum nigrum (2, 3, 6)
 Cladina mitis (1)               Salix herbacea (3)
 Cladina rangiferina (1)         Salix planifolia (3)
 Stereocaulon paschale (1)       Vaccinium vitis-idaea (3, 6)
 Sphagnum sp. (3)                Vaccinium uliginosum (2)
 Lichens sp. (2, 3, 9)

Positive Effects

 Cladina arbuscula (5, 6)
 Cladina rangiferina (5, 6)
 Dicranum sp. (5, 6)
 Pleurozium schreberi (6)
 Mosses sp. (2, 3)

(1)Oksanen (1978)

(2)Henry and Gunn (1991)

(3)Manseau et al. (1996)

(4)Crete and Doucet (1998)

(5)Vare et al. (1995)

(6)Vare et al. (1996)

(7)Pegau (1975)

(8)Klein (1987)

(9)Thing (1984).

Plants negatively or positively affected by moose herbivory, in four


         Aquatic                     Terrestrial

Negative Effects

   Chara vulgaris (1)          Aralia nudicaulis (2)
   Characae sp. (8)
   Nitella flexilis (1)
   Potamogeton alpinus (1, 8)
   Potamogeton epihydrus (8)
   Potamogeton foliosus (8)

Positive Effects
                               Melampyrum lineare (15)
                               Rubus parviflorus (14)

                                  Woody with Terminal Bud

         Aquatic                          At Reach

Negative Effects

   Chara vulgaris (1)          Abies balsamea (3,4,5,6)
   Characae sp. (8)            Acer spicatum (4,9)
   Nitella flexilis (1)        Amelanchier sp. (9)
   Potamogeton alpinus (1, 8)  Betula papyrifera (3,4,6,13)
   Potamogeton epihydrus (8)   Cornus stolonifera (4,14,15)
   Potamogeton foliosus (8)    Corylus cornuta (9)
                               Pinus sylvestris (18)
                               Populus tremuloides (3,4)
                               Prunus pensylvanica (6)
                               Prunus sp. (14)
                               Salix alaxensis (19)
                               Salix branchycarpa (19)
                               Salix lasiandra (19)
                               Salix novae-angliae (19)
                               Sorbus americana (14,15)
                               Taxus canadensis (4,15)
                               Viburnum edule (15)
Positive Effects
                               Kalmia angustifolia (20)

                                  Woody with Terminal Bud

         Aquatic                       Out of Reach

Negative Effects

   Chara vulgaris (1)          Alnus sinuata (7)
   Characae sp. (8)            Picea abies (10)
   Nitella flexilis (1)        Pinus sylvestris (11,12)
   Potamogeton alpinus (1, 8)  Populus balsamifera (17)
   Potamogeton epihydrus (8)   Populus tremuloides (16, 17)
   Potamogeton foliosus (8)    Populus trichocarpa (7)
                               Prunus pensylvanica (16)
                               Salix alaxensis (7)
                               Salix barclayi (7)
                               Salix bebbiana (17)
                               Salix lanata (17)
                               Salix planifolia (17)
                               Salix sitchensis (7)
                               Sorbus americana (16)

Positive Effects
                               Picea glauca (15)

(1)Aho and Jordan (1979)

(2)Edwards (1985)

(3)Pimlott (1963)

(4)Risenhoover and Maass (1987)

(5)Brandner et al. (1990)

(6)Thomson et al. (1992)

(7)MacCracken et al. (1997)

(8)Fraser and Hristienko (1983)

(9)Bedard et al. (1978)

(10)Randveer and Hiekkila (1996)

(11)Heikkila (1991)

(12)Faber and Thorson (1996)

(13)Bergerud and Manuel (1969)

(14)McInnes et al. (1992)

(15)Snyder and Janke (1976)

(16)Desmeules (1968)

(17)Miquelle and Van Ballenberghe (1989)

(18)Lyly and Saksa (1992)

(19)Kielland and Bryant (1998)

(20)Thompson and Mallik (1989).

Herbaceous and woody plants negatively or positively affected by
white-tailed deer herbivory.

            Herbaceous                             Woody

Negative Effects (a)

Abronia macrocarpa (1)              Abies balsomea (1,3,4,5,6,25)
Aconitum noveboracense (1)          Acer rubrum (8,9) Saccharum (5,9,1)
                                     spicatum (3,11)
Actaea pachypoda                    Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (1)
Anemone quinquefolia (7)            Betula alleghaniensis (5,9,11)
                                     lenta (9) papyrifera (4) uber (1)
Angelica atropurpurea (7)           Chamaecyparis thyoides (23)
Arabis serotina (1)                 Cornus rugosa (1)
Aralia nudicaulis (11)              Corylus cornuta (3)
Arisaema triphyllum (1,7,24)        Diervilla lonicera (4)
Asclepias meadii (1)                Dirca palustris (1)
 ovalifolia (1) verticillata (1)
Astragalus robbinsii (1)            Evonymus americanus (1)
                                     atropurpureus (1) obovatus (1)
Chamaelirium luteum (1)             Fraxinus americana (1)
Cirsium pitcheri (12,13)            Iliamna remota (1)
Cladrastis lutea (1)                Larix laricina (6)
Claytonia virginica (10)            Lindera melissifolia (1)
Clematis socialis (1)               Litsea aestivalis (1)
Clintonia borealis (11)             Lonicera polypetala (1)
Coeloglossum viride (1)             Mitchella repens (14)
Corallorrhiza trifida (1)           Neviusia alabamensis (1)
Corydalis sempervirens (1)          Populus grandidentata (15)
Croomia pauciflora (1)              Prunus pensylvanica (3) pumila (1)
                                     serotina (8)
Cypripedium acaule (1)              Quercus buckleyi (22)
 candidum (1) reginae (1)            ellipsoidalis (16) fusiformis (22)
Dalea foliosa (1)                    macrocarpa (16)
Delphinium exaltatum (1)            Rhododendron prunifolium (1)
Dicentra cucullaria (7,10)          Ribes hirtellum (1)
Erythronium americanum (10)         Rosa acicularis (1)
Eupatorium purpureum (1)            Sorbus americana (3,11)
Filipendula rubra (1)               Styrax texanus (1)
Gaura neomexicana (1)               Taxus canadensis (1,11)
Helianthus microcephalus (1)        Thuja occidentalis (6)
Helonias bullata (1)                Tilia americana (5)
Hymenocallis sp. (1)                Torreya taxifolia (1)
Isotria.medeoloides (1)             Tsuga canadensis (5,6,17,18,19)
 verticillata (1)                   Ulmus rubra (2)
Lathyrus venosus (16,26)            Virbunum lantanoides (14)
Lesquerella filiformis (1)          Woodwardia virginica (1)
Liatris scariosa (1)
Lilium canadense (1) grayi (1)
 iridollae (1) philadelphicum (1)
Liparis loeselii (1)
Listera smallii (1)
Lithospermum caroliniense (1,20)
Lobelia Kalmii (1)
Lupinus perennis (1)
Lysimachia quadriflora (1)
Maianthemum canadense (7,11)
Melanthium latifolium (1)
 virginicum (1)
Osmorhiza claytonii (24)
Oxypolis canbyi (1)
Panax quinguefolius (1)
Pedicularis furbishiae (1)
Penstemon haydenii (1)
 lemhiensis (1)
Plantago cordata (1)
Plantantherea blephariglottis (1)
 ciliaris (1) cristata (1)
 flava (1) grandiflora (1)
 integrilabia (1) leucophaea (1)
 peramoena (1) praeclara (1)
 psycodes (1)
Pycnanthemum torrei (1)
Sanguinaria canadensis (1)
Sarracenia oreophila (1)
 purpurea (1)
Saxifraga micranthidifolia (1)
Schwalbea americanan (1)
Silene polypetala (1)
Spiranthes diluvialis (1)
 ochroleuca (1)
Thalictrum cooleyi (1)
Trifolium reflexum (1)
 stoloniferum (1)
Trillium cernuum (1) cuneatum (1)
 decumbens (1) grandiflorum (1,7)
 persistens (1) pusillum (1)
 reliquum (1) rugelii (1) sp. (21)
Uvularia perfoliata (7)
Viola macloskeyi (14)  sp. (7,10)

Positive Effects

            Herbaceous                             Woody

Berberis thunbergii (7)             Acer pensylvanicum (9)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (14)      Fagus grandifolia (8, 9)
Dryopteris intermedia (14)          Prunus serotina (9)
Stellaria media (7)

(a)also one moss species: Hyperzia lucidula (14).

(1)Miller et al. (1992)

(2)bank stripping: Fuller and Michael (1993)

(3)Pimlott (1963)

(4)Potvin and Breton (1992)

(5)Anderson and Katz (1993)

(6)van Deelen et al. (1996)

(7)Koh et al. (1996)

(8)Marquis (1981)

(9)Tilghman (1989)

(10)Riemenschneider et al. (1995)

(11)Balgooyen and Waller (1995)

(12)Phillips and Maun (1995)

(13)Phillips and Maun (1996)

(14)Rooney and Dress (1997)

(15)Prachar and Samuel (1988)

(16)Ritchie et al. (1998)

(17)Long et al. (1998)

(18)Anderson and Loucks (1979)

(19)Frelich and Lorimer (1985)

(20)Cambell (1993)

(21)Augustine and Frelich (1998)

(22)Russel and Fowler (1999)

(23)Zampella and Lathrop (1997)

(24)Webster and Parker (2000)

(25)Cornett et al. (2000)

(26)Knops et al.(2000).
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Author:Crete, Michel; Ouellet, Jean-Pierre; Lesage, Louis
Article Type:Statistical Data Included
Geographic Code:100NA
Date:Dec 1, 2001
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