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Implementation of an occupancy-based monitoring protocol for a wide-spread and cryptic species, the New England cottontail Sylvilagus transitionalis

April 10, 2019

Designing effective long-term monitoring strategies is essential for managing wildlife populations. Implementing a cost-effective, practical monitoring program is especially challenging for widespread but locally rare species. Early successional habitat preferred by the New England cottontail (NEC) has become increasingly rare and fragmented, resulting in substantial declines from their peak distribution in the mid-1900s. The introduction of a possible competitor species, the eastern cottontail (EC), may also have played a role. Uncertainty surrounding how these factors have contributed to NEC declines has complicated management and necessitated development of an appropriate monitoring framework to understand possible drivers of distribution and dynamics.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2019
Title Implementation of an occupancy-based monitoring protocol for a wide-spread and cryptic species, the New England cottontail Sylvilagus transitionalis
DOI 10.1071/WR18058
Authors Colin P. Shea, Mitchell Eaton, Darryl I. MacKenzie
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Wildlife Research
Series Number
Index ID 70203228
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Southeast Climate Science Center

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