Cotton Rats Fail to Damage Southern Pine Seedlings
A grassy area of approximately one acre was enclosed and divided into four equal subdivisions. Small mammals were removed by trapping. One-year-old loblolly, shortleaf, and slash pine seedlings were planted in each of the four subdivisions. Cotton rats were released (8, 4, 2, and 0) in the subdivisions. Three months later 16 additional cotton rats were released in the subdivision which originally contained 8 rats. Trapping was conducted at 40-day intervals to check the cotton rat population and to remove possible infiltrators. Trees were examined weekly. No damage to pine seedlings by cotton rats was detected.
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Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Department of Biology, Texas Technological College, Lubbock
Publication date: 1967-07-01
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