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dc.contributor.authorSmith, G.
dc.contributor.authorHolechek, J. L.
dc.contributor.authorCardenas, M.
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-23T18:12:07Z
dc.date.available2020-09-23T18:12:07Z
dc.date.issued1996-11-01
dc.identifier.citationSmith, G., Holechek, J. L., & Cardenas, M. (1996). Wildlife numbers on excellent and good condition Chihuahuan Desert rangelands: An observation. Journal of Range Management, 49(6), 489-493.
dc.identifier.issn0022-409X
dc.identifier.doi10.2307/4002287
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/644351
dc.description.abstractInformation is lacking on the influence of range condition on wildlife populations in the Chihuahuan Desert. Wildlife observations were made along transects on ranges in excellent and good ecological condition in south-central New Mexico (86% and 72% of climax vegetation remaining, respectively). Black grama (Bouteloua eriopoda Torr.) dominated the excellent condition range while the good condition range had a mixture of grasses, forbs, and shrubs. Plant species diversity was greater on the good compared to excellent condition range. Total mammal sightings/km2 during the study period were higher (P<0.05) on the good compared to excellent condition range. Sightings of important game species (scaled quail, mourning doves, pronghorn, desert cottontails) were higher on the good compared to excellent condition range. Lack of diversity in vegetation composition and structure appear to explain the lower wildlife sightings on the excellent condition range. Results from this study indicate that Chihuahuan Desert ranges in good ecological condition (51-75% of the climax vegetation) will better meet the needs of most wildlife species than ranges in climax or near climax range condition. Research shows grazing intensities that remove an average of about 1/3 of current year’s growth of key forage species (black grama) are effective in developing and maintaining range in good ecological condition in the Chihuahuan Desert.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSociety for Range Management
dc.relation.urlhttps://rangelands.org/
dc.rightsCopyright © Society for Range Management.
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dc.subjectarid grasslands
dc.subjectwildlife
dc.subjectspecies diversity
dc.subjectrange condition
dc.subjectstocking rate
dc.subjectpastures
dc.subjectbotanical composition
dc.subjectgrazing
dc.subjectNew Mexico
dc.titleWildlife numbers on excellent and good condition Chihuahuan Desert rangelands: An observation
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dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Range Management
dc.description.collectioninformationThe Journal of Range 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.source.volume49
dc.source.issue6
dc.source.beginpage489-493
refterms.dateFOA2020-09-23T18:12:07Z


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