A habitat suitability model was developed for pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) habitat on the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) in southeastern Idaho. Suitable pygmy rabbit areas were characterized by greater cover and density of total shrubs and big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), as well as greater forb cover. Soil texture also played an important role in distinguishing suitable pygmy rabbit areas from nonuse sites. Principal components analysis (PCA) of several vegetation variables and soil texture was used to develop a habitat suitability model for pygmy rabbit habitat. This model, which can be used to successfully distinguish between pygmy rabbit use and nonuse areas on the INEEL, has the potential for use throughout the pygmy rabbits range.
Gabler, Kate I.; Heady, Laura T.; and Laundré, John W.
"A habitat suitability model for pygmy rabbits (Brachylagus idahoensis) in southeastern Idaho,"
Western North American Naturalist: Vol. 61
, Article 12.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/wnan/vol61/iss4/12