Populations of pocket gophers and rabbits regulate or control the perennial vegetation on relatively large sites in the northern Mojave Desert. Aboveground shoots are pruned and whole plants are killed by complete cutting of main roots.
Hunter, R. B.; Romney, E. M.; and Wallace, A.
"Rodent-denuded areas of the northern Mojave Desert,"
Great Basin Naturalist Memoirs: Vol. 4
, Article 29.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/gbnm/vol4/iss1/29