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Analysis of Land Disturbance and Pygmy Rabbit Occupancy Values Associated With Oil and Gas Extraction in Southwestern Wyoming, 2012

Dates

Publication Date
Start Date
2011
End Date
2013

Citation

Germaine, S.S., Carter, S.K., Ignizio, D.A., and Freeman, A.T., 2017, Analysis of Land Disturbance and Pygmy Rabbit Occupancy Values Associated With Oil and Gas Extraction in Southwestern Wyoming, 2012: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7BR8QDD.

Summary

Pygmy rabbits (Brachylagus idahoensis) are a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Wyoming. They are designated as such because they are sagebrush obligates and entrained in the health and intactness of sagebrush steppe landscapes. Southwest Wyoming, where pygmy rabbits occur, has become an epicenter of domestic oil and gas exploration and this activity contributes to loss and fragmentation of sagebrush habitats. This tabular file that was used for analysis contains the following data/information: survey site, plot, and gas field; pygmy rabbit occupancy status; UTM coordinates associated with occupancy (dithered to protect pygmy rabbits from further disturbance); an index value indicating amount of fresh pygmy rabbit sign present [...]

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Contacts

Point of Contact :
Stephen Germaine
Originator :
Stephen S Germaine, Sarah K Carter, Drew A Ignizio, Aaron T Freeman
Metadata Contact :
Aaron T Freeman
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
Data Owner :
Fort Collins Science Center
USGS Mission Area :
Ecosystems
SDC Data Owner :
Fort Collins Science Center

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Purpose

Studies on other sagebrush vertebrate wildlife species have demonstrated adverse impacts from oil and gas field development. The dataset described in this metadata is the first of its kind to focus on pygmy rabbits. The models presented in the publication (named above) of this data demonstrate relationships between gas field development and pygmy rabbits in Wyoming and are suitable for extrapolation/generalization to other areas. This data is the benchmark data set against which evaluations of pygmy rabbit response to oil and gas development may be made in the future, under alternative development scenarios, and/or in other geographic areas.

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DOI https://www.sciencebase.gov/vocab/category/item/identifier doi:10.5066/F7BR8QDD

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