Richard L. Payne

The Effects Of Some Atmospheric Variables On Roadside Activity In The Cottontail Rabbit

The widespread use of road counts in estimating population trends emphasizes the need for information on factors influencing animal behavior patterns. The present study, conducted on the Atomic Energy Commission Savannah River Plant in South Carolina, attempted .to relate the atmospheric variables of Temperature, Relative Humidity, Vapor Pressure Deficit, and Barometric Pressure to numbers of rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus) seen during morning and evening activity peaks along a specially selected 30-mile route. The route was driven twice in each 24-hour period from July 31 to September 4,...