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Table 1 The parameters used to represent nilgai, cattle, and white-tailed deer as hosts of cattle fever ticks, their baseline values, and their information sources

From: Simulated dynamics of southern cattle fever ticks (Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus) in south Texas, USA: investigating potential wildlife-mediated impacts on eradication efforts

Parameters Values References
Cattle/ha 0.0286 [52]
Deer/ha 0.1667 [52]
Nilgai/ha 0.05 [53]
Activity area (ha) cattle 300 [18]
Activity area (ha) deer 675 [54]
Activity area (ha) nilgai 8355 [11]
Hab pref mesquitea cattle 0.30 [52]
Hab pref mixed brushb cattle 0.10 [52]
Hab pref meadowsc cattle 0.60 [52]
Hab pref mesquitea deer 0.20 [52]
Hab pref mixed brushb deer 0.40 [52]
Hab pref meadowsc deer 0.40 [52]
Hab pref mesquitea nilgai 0.30 [53]
Hab pref mixed brushb nilgai 0.10 [53]
Hab pref meadowsc nilgai 0.60 [53]
  1. a“Mesquite” refers to mesquite-dominated woody plant community and is considered a relatively “good” climatic environment for CFT to complete the off-host portion of the life cycle and sustain larval survival
  2. b“Mixed brush” refers to a community of mixed thorn shrub species and is considered a relatively “fair” climatic environment for CFT to complete the off-host portion of the life cycle and sustain larval survival
  3. c“Meadow” refers to uncanopied forage areas and is considered a relatively “poor” climatic environment for CFT to complete the off-host portion of the life cycle and sustain larval survival