Distribution and Population Density of Jackrabbits in South Dakota
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Distribution of white-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii) and black-tailed jackrabbit (L. californicus) populations have been thought to be shifting throughout the Northern Great Plains. Anecdotal reports of population declines of white-tailed jackrabbits in recent years have created concern for wildlife managers. We established 21 spotlight line transects (64.4 km) across South Dakota to evaluate jackrabbit distribution as well as to facilitate future survey efforts. We conducted surveys during 2004 and 2005 to obtain baseline information about jackrabbit distribution and population density throughout the state. We observed white-tailed jackrabbits throughout the state, and estimated the highest population density in the northwestern part of the state and lowest in east-central South Dakota. We only observed black-tailed jackrabbits at very low densities in south-central South Dakota in Tripp and Gregory Counties.
Great Plains Research
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University of Nebraska Press
Dieter, Charles D. and Schaible, Dustin J., "Distribution and Population Density of Jackrabbits in South Dakota" (2014). Natural Resource Management Faculty Publications. 77.