Effects of Bark Beetle Infestation on Chipmunks in Southeast Wyoming
Current climate warming is affecting the distribution, population dynamics, and phenology of many plants and animals. Mountain pine bark beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) populations erupted in recent years in the northern Rocky Mountains due to a measurable decline in winter severity. These beetle eruptions caused high mortality of trees in southeastern Wyoming. Such forest reduction may substantially increase encroachment rate of steppe vegetation on previously forested areas. Reduction in forest extent decreases habitat for many species of wildlife that rely on forests for food, shelter, and ...
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