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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/503

Title: A fencing experiment on a high-density population of microtus townsendii
Authors: Boonstra, Rudy
Charles, Krebs
Issue Date: 1977
Publisher: National Research Council Canada
Citation: Can. J. Zool. 55: 1166-1175
Abstract: If dispersal is prevented, a low-density vole population will increase to unusually high densities. A mouse-proof fence was constructed around a vole population that had already reached high density and both this population and one on a control area were live-trapped from January 1975 to November 1975. The population on the control remained at peak densities. The enclosed population increased to even higher density once the breeding season had started and had a higher survival rate than the control population. By midsummer the enclosed population had severely overgrazed the vegetation and went into a sharp decline. Dispersal losses from the control were estimated at 32% for males and 31 % for females in these high-density populations. Microtus townsendii populations thus responded to a fence in a manner similar to that of other species that have been studied. This experiment indicates the importance of dispersal to population regulation in voles even at peak densities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/503
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