Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1992

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Jerry R. Choate


Small mammals were livetrapped in areas subjected to three different burn treatments (one burned the year of the study, one burned a year before the study, and old growth that was burned more than two years before the study). Capture-recapture data were used to determine whether deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus), western harvest mice (Reithrodontomys megalotis), and hispid cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus) were associated with a particular type of burn treatment. Deer mice were associated with the treatment burned the year of the study, whereas western harvest mice were associated with the old growth treatment. Hispid cotton rats were associated with the treatment burned one year before the study but were common in all three treatments and may act as a generalist at Cheyenne Bottoms. Neither species diversity nor total abundance of small mammals differed significantly among the three treatments.


Copyright 1992 Michael A. Zajic


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