Title page for ETD etd-02062013-040256

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Woronecki, Paul Peter
URN etd-02062013-040256
Title Evaluation of some cottontail rabbit management procedures as applied in Piedmont Virginia
Degree Master of Science
Department Wildlife Management
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
McGinnes, Burd S. Committee Chair
Massey, A. B. Committee Member
Mosby, Henry S. Committee Member
Smith, Dennis K. Committee Member
  • Rabbits
Date of Defense 1961-06-05
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Seasonal population fluctuations of the cottontail rabbit were measured by evening roadside counts and trapping. During the latter part of July, roadside counts showed a rather marked and drastic decline in the number of rabbits. This decline was forecast by the low number of rabbits seen in the field and the low number of rabbits the investigator was able to trap. Further confirmation of this decline came during the first week of the 1960-61 hunting season. A 42 per cent decrease in the number of rabbits killed occured in spite of a 10 per cent increase in hunting pressure. By the end of the hunting season a 60 per cent decrease in the rabbit harvest was recorded.

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