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Journal Article

Snowshoe Hare Cover Relationships in Northern Utah

Michael L. Wolfe, Norbert V. Debyle, Clark S. Winchell and Thomas R. McCabe
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 46, No. 3 (Jul., 1982), pp. 662-670
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3808557
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3808557
Page Count: 9
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Snowshoe Hare Cover Relationships in Northern Utah
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Abstract

Habitat use by snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus) of several montane forest types was studied at 2 locations in northern Utah from 1973 to 1978. Vegetation types studied were: quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) with sparse and dense understory conditions; dry, subalpine meadow; subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa); Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii); and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). During the study, portions of the aspen stands on 1 area were clear-cut in small (1-4 ha) blocks. Results of hare fecal pellet counts showed significant (P < 0.05) differences in pellet numbers among the vegetation types studied and a strong correlation between hare use and horizontal cover densities at heights of 1.0-2.5 m above ground in the understory vegetation profile. Vegetation types in which cover densities above the snow level (1.0-1.5 m) were at least 40% accounted for 85% of the winter use by the hares.

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