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Forest-Fire Regime: The Missing Link to Understand Snowshoe Hare Population Fluctuations?

  • Jean Ferron
  • Martin-Hugues St-Laurent

The snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) is actually recognized as a keystone species in North American boreal forests, having significant effects on vegetation and being one of the most relevant preys for several predators (Keith 1963; Keith and Cary 1991; O'Donoghue et al. 1998; Krebs 1996; Krebs et al. 2001a). According to the bottom-up theory, prey species at the base of the food chain are critical to maintain wildlife biodiversity at the landscape level (Noss 1987; Hunter 1999; Thompson 1988; Thompson and Angelstam 1999).

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Forest Fire Boreal Forest Fire Regime Population Cycle Hare Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Ferron
    • 1
  • Martin-Hugues St-Laurent
    • 2
  1. 1.Vice-rectorat à la formation et à la rechercheUniversité du Québec à RimouskiRimouski, Québec
  2. 2.Département de Biologie, chimie et géographie, Groupe de recherche BioNordUniversité du Québec à RimouskiRimouski, Québec

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