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dc.contributor.authorLoeser, Matthew R.
dc.contributor.authorMezulis, Sharon D.
dc.contributor.authorSisk, Thomas D.
dc.contributor.authorTheimer, Tad C.
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-05T21:18:35Z
dc.date.available2020-09-05T21:18:35Z
dc.date.issued2005-05-01
dc.identifier.citationLoeser, M. R., Mezulis, S. D., Sisk, T. D., & Theimer, T. C. (2005). Vegetation cover and forb responses to cattle exclusion: implications for pronghorn. Rangeland Ecology & Management, 58(3), 234-238.
dc.identifier.issn0022-409X
dc.identifier.doi10.2111/1551-5028(2005)58[234:VCAFRT]2.0.CO;2
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/643258
dc.description.abstractCattle grazing is often implicated as a factor that reduces vegetative cover and the abundance of important forage plants for wildlife. Recent declines in northern Arizona populations of pronghorn (Antilocapra americana Ord) have focused public and scientific attention on the factors contributing to low fawn recruitment and the potential benefits of cattle removal. To further understand the effects of cattle grazing, we studied the potential hiding cover provided by standing live and dead herbaceous matter as well as forb richness and canopy cover following 5 years of cattle removal. Cattle removal increased horizontal hiding cover by 8% at a distance of 5 m (P = 0.025), but had no statistically significant effect on the potential hiding cover at distances of 10 m (P = 0.105) or 25 m (P = 0.746). Forb species richness was 16% lower in exclosures than in an adjacent grazed pasture in 2001 (P = 0.036), but no differences were observed in 2002 (P = 0.636). The canopy cover of forbs was generally unaffected by cattle removal. These results suggest that curtailing or removing cattle is unlikely, by itself, to lead to rapid improvements in the hiding cover or forb availability for pronghorn on similar rangelands in northern Arizona. In this region, where immediate improvements in fawn survival and recruitment are important to population persistence, additional management actions should be considered.  
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSociety for Range Management
dc.relation.urlhttps://rangelands.org/
dc.rightsCopyright © Society for Range Management.
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dc.subjectArizona grassland
dc.subjectgrazing
dc.subjecthorizontal cover
dc.subjectplant composition
dc.subjectplant cover
dc.subjectsemiarid grasslands
dc.titleVegetation Cover and Forb Responses to Cattle Exclusion: Implications for Pronghorn
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dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalRangeland Ecology & Management
dc.description.collectioninformationThe Rangeland Ecology & Management archives are made available by the Society for Range Management and the University of Arizona Libraries. Contact lbry-journals@email.arizona.edu for further information.
dc.eprint.versionFinal published version
dc.description.admin-noteMigrated from OJS platform August 2020
dc.description.admin-noteLegacy DOIs that must be preserved: 10.2458/azu_rangelands_v58i3_sisk
dc.source.volume58
dc.source.issue3
dc.source.beginpage234-238
refterms.dateFOA2020-09-05T21:18:35Z


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