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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/479

Title: Pitfall trapping of Microtus townsendii
Authors: Boonstra, Rudy
Krebs, Charles
Issue Date: 1978
Publisher: The American Society of Mammalogists
Citation: J. Mamm., 59: 136-148
Abstract: A field population of Microtus townsendii was trapped concurrently with live-traps and pitfall traps throughout the spring and summer of 1975. The population was at peak densities, with a maximum of 519 voles per acre. The number enumerated by pitfalls was up to two times larger than the number enumerated by live-traps. Capture of a large number of young in pitfalls indicated that mortality was higher among post-weanlings than among any other age group. Recruitment to live-traps was largely restricted to animals over 40 g, whereas in pitfalls animals were generally lighter. Over half of the 1,100 animals captured first by pitfalls were never caught by live-traps. Among those subsequently entering live-traps, many stayed away for 6 to 10 weeks, and some of the smaller ones stayed away even longer. Few animals dispersed to other nearby trapping grids. Pitfall trapping and live-trapping sample different subpopulations, young animals and transient adults being a large fraction of the individuals caught in pitfalls.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/479
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