Graduation Year

2019

Graduation Month

December

Document Type

Professional Paper

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

School or Department

Wildlife Biology

Major

Wildlife Biology – Terrestrial

Faculty Mentor

L. Scott Mills

Faculty Mentor Department

Wildlife Biology

Subject Categories

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Abstract

For small mammals subject to predation, individual longevity, or lifespan, is typically unknown. Snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus) are used as the focal species of this study to examine the assumption that small prey species do not typically live past one or two years of age. To test this assumption, we analyzed a 20-year capture-mark-recapture database to first index the lifespan of hares. We analyzed this database to determine which factors increased the odds of longevity in hares. Body condition and capture location were significant in increasing the odds of a hare being long lived, whereas sex of the hare was not significant.

Honors College Research Project

Yes

GLI Capstone Project

no

Supplemental Table 1.xlsx (16 kB)
Supplemental Table 1 - Capture Dates

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