Browse Preferences of Jackrabbits and Cottontails for Species Used in Shelterbelt Plantings
Abstract:Preference ratings were computed for genera and families of trees and shrubs commonly planted in shelter-belts and windbreaks and subjected to winter browsing by white-tailed jackrabbits (Lepus townsendii) and eastern cottontails (Sylvilagus floridanus). These animals used evergreens less than deciduous species. In general, they preferred the Rosaceae, Ulmaceae, Oleaceae, and Caprifoliaceae families. Guides for selecting planting stock should include a measure of a species' susceptibility to browsing, at least in localities where rabbits or hares are numerous.
Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Publication date: 1983-02-01
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