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Lodgepole Pine Seed Depredation by Small Mammals in Western Alberta

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Radioisotope tagging and recognizable patterns of seed destruction were used to determine losses to small mammals of lodgepole pine seed sown on a cutover area near Hinton, Alberta. Portable scintillation counters were used to locate the seeds. Seeds were located several times to assess movement and losses during winter and summer. Small mammals ate 5 to 10 percent of the seeds during winter months compared to 21 to 33 percent during summer months. White-footer mice and red-backed voles took the largest percentage of seeds. Forest Sci. 17:213-217.

Keywords: Animal damage; Pinus contorta; seed dispersal and fate

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Scientist, Canadian Wildlife Service, Dep. of Fisheries and Forestry, Ottawa

Publication date: 1971-06-01

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