Spatial Trends in Canadian Snowshoe Hare, Lepus americanus, Population Cycles
Population levels of the Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus) are well known to exhibit cyclic fluctuations. Little attention has been given to detailed analysis of the spatial trends associated with these, however, and in this work an argument and empirical foundation is laid for such studies. Data first reported as "The Canadian Snowshoe Rabbit Enquiry" in the 1930's and 1940's are reformulated and statistically summarized and mapped. Immediate results indicate: 1) the diffusion of the population level change "wave" across Canada is affected by topographic and ecological factors; and 2) a multi-nodal diffusion model is more appropriate than a single-nodal model in understanding the dynamics of the ten-year cycle system. Key Words: population cycles, Snowshoe Hare, Lepus americanus, ten-year cycle, spatial analysis, time series analysis.
Charles H. Smith. "Spatial Trends in Canadian Snowshoe Hare, Lepus americanus, Population Cycles" Canadian Field-Naturalist 97.2 (1983): 151-160.