Bruce F. Anderson

Movements, Home Range, and Cover Use: Factors Affecting the Susceptibility of Cottontails to Hunting

Winter home ranges for 19 telemetered cottontails (Sylvilagus floridanus) aueraged 2.8 ha for males and 2.2 ha for females. Home ranges determined from retrap and reobseruation data for ear-tagged rabbits aueraged 5.6 ha for males and 1.2 ha for females. Cottontails preferred smaller areas within their existing home ranges for diurnal couer. The area within each rabbit's home range in which the rabbit was found in 80 percent or more of the diurnal readings was designated as the diurnal couer preference range IDCPR). Destruction of the DCPR couer appears to stimulate the relocation of...