Dr. Michael Hensley
Degree Award Date
Home Ranges, White-footed Mice, Peromyscus leucopus, Live Trapping, Mark and Release Methodology
Animal Sciences | Biology | Laboratory and Basic Science Research
The purpose of this experiment is two-fold : primarily to gain experience designing and conducting a field experiment involving the handling of live specimens, and secondly to determine if a difference exists between the home ranges of male and female white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus). A trapping grid was set up in a Bridgewater woodlot, consisting of the proper habitat for P. leucopus. Thirty traps were set and then checked daily over a two-week period. However, no mice were caught leading to the suspicion of a major limiting predator acting on the mouse population. Spot trapping was also conducted in a Northern Virginia woodlot, using the same traps and methods, except on a smaller scale and shorter duration. Trapping was successful in this woodlot, causing a comparison of the two woodlots to be performed to determine the cause of the absence of mice in the primary woodlot.
Hazel, Julia M., "A Study of the Differences in the Home Ranges of Male and Female White-footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus) Utilizing Live Trapping, Mark and Release Methodology" (2003). Honors Projects. 351.