Accession Number : ADA323415

Title :   Habitat Suitability Index Models: Snowshoe Hare.

Descriptive Note : Biological rept.,

Corporate Author : FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE FORT COLLINS CO WESTERN ENERGY AND LAND USE TEAM

Personal Author(s) : Carreker, Raymond G.

PDF Url : ADA323415

Report Date : AUG 1985

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : The snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) is indigenous to boreal forests throughout North America (Dolbeer and Clark 1975). Snowshoe hares consume herbaceous vegetation during the growing season and change to a woody diet in the fall and winter (Baker et al. 1921; Dodds 1960). Young forests with abundant understory that provide food and cover are preferred habitat (Grange 1932). Snowshoe hares exhibit approximate 10-year cycles of abundance and scarcity throughout much of their range, which have been attributed to hare-food interactions (Vowles 1972; Bryant 1981a) and hare-food-predator interactions (Keith 1974; Wolff 1980, 1981).

Descriptors :   *FORESTS, *RABBITS, MAMMALS, MODELS, WINTER, HABITATS, FOOD, DIET, WOOD, NORTH AMERICA, SEASONS.

Subject Categories : Biology
      Ecology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE