Originally Posted By: BigAl
So we know that climate change, or whatever you want to call it has affected the range shift for some plants and animals. Could the warmer temps affect the timing of the rut as well?

Doubtful, unless over time, the "best dates for fawn survival" shift, AND the difference in fawn survival between the old dates and the new dates is significant. Natural Selection only works as fast as the intensity of the selective pressure. If the selective pressure is intense, Natural Selection can work very quickly. If the selective pressure is low, it will take many generations to see a shift.
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