Potential impacts of rangeland manipulations on desert rodent communities
Agriculture, Forestry and Wildlife.
Agriculture, Range Management.
AdvisorKrausman, Paul R.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractI compared vegetation features and rodent communities between manipulated and non-manipulated ranges in southeastern Arizona during summers 1996 and 1997. I also examined the effect of burying traps to determine if this procedure altered trap sensitivity. I used two-way analysis of variance or paired t-tests for all comparisons and identified relationships between rodents and vegetation features with linear regression. There was no difference (P ) in rodent species richness or population size between mechanically treated and reference areas. Rodent species richness and population size were greater on ungrazed compared to grazed areas (P ), but there was no difference in rodent diversity (P = 0.13). Prescribed fire did not have an obvious impact on rodent species richness or population size, though there seemed to be an increase in kangaroo rats following the burn. Buried traps may have demonstrated a reduction in sensitivity because I caught fewer animals in those traps compared to non-buried traps (P = 0.087).
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Wildlife and Fisheries Science