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Effects of Off-road Vehicles on Rodents in the Sonoran Desert

Abstract Human recreation on rangelands may negatively impact wildlife populations. Among those activities, off-road vehicle (ORV) recreation carries the potential for broad ecological consequences. A study was undertaken to assess the impacts of ORV on rodents in Arizona Uplands Sonoran Desert. Between the months of February and September 2010, rodents were trapped at 6 ORV and 6 non-ORV sites in Tonto National Forest, AZ. I hypothesized that rodent abundance and species richness are negatively affected by ORV use. Rodent abundances were estimated using capture-mark-recapture methodology. Species richness was not correlated with ORV use. Although abundance of Peromyscus eremicus and Neotoma albigula declined as ORV use increased, abundance of Dipod... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Reid, John Simon (Author) / Brady, Ward (Advisor) / Miller, William (Committee member) / Bateman, Heather (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biology / Ecology / Wildlife conservation / ATV / Habitat / Off-road vehicle / Rodent / Small mammal / Sonoran Desert
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 47 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note M.S. Applied Biological Sciences 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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