Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

April 1995


Evaluation of crop loss caused by mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) grazing on alfalfa grown for seed harvest was studied in northern Utah. Results indicated (1) wire baskets used to protect non-grazed plots did not affect alfalfa production, and (2) alfalfa seed crop loss was directly correlated with alfalfa hay crop loss. Consequently, methods used to evaluate crop loss to alfalfa hay may be applied to alfalfa seed.