Technical Note: Spring grazing preference of wheatgrass taxa by Rocky Mountain elk
KeywordsCervus elaphus nelsoni
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CitationJones, T. A., Urness, P. J., & Nielson, D. C. (1996). Technical note: Spring grazing preference of wheatgrass taxa by Rocky Mountain elk. Journal of Range Management, 49(5), 474-476.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractWe measured the grazing preference of 3 castrated male Rocky Mountain elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni) for 2 crested (Agropyron desertorum [Fischer ex Link] Schultes), 5 thickspike (Elymus lanceolatus ssp. lanceolatus [Scribner &J.G. Smith] Gould), 3 Snake River (proposed name E. lanceolatus ssp. wawawaiensis), and 2 bluebunch wheatgrass (Pseudoroegneria spicata [Pursh] A. Love) entries. Number of bites and visits were highly correlated in early May (r2=0.77) and late May (r2=0.83). 'Critana' and 'Elbee' thickspike and 'Hycrest' and 'Nordan' crested wheatgrasses can be recommended for seedings for elk spring grazing where these grasses are adapted.