Small Mammal Species and Diversity in Potato Creek State Park

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David Huntington


Live traps were used in the trapping and documentation of small mammals in Potato Creek State Park in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Sixteen specimens were caught through various trapping techniques, which inclvded Havahart, Sherman, and pitfall traps. The specimens were of four species: Short-tail shrew (Blarina brevicauda), Masked shrew (Sorex cinereus), Meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus), and mice (Peromyscus) species, with mice being the most abundant. Along with trapping, documentation was made on multiple other mammal species, also through a variety of methods.


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