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Movement and Fate of Translocated and in Situ Southeastern Pocket Gophers
- Pynne, J.T., Owens, Jonathan M., Castleberry, Steven B., Castleberry, Nikole L., Brinkman, Robert
- Southeastern naturalist 2019 v.18 no.2 pp. 297-302
- Geomys, Pinus, birds, gophers, habitats, predation, radio telemetry, risk
- Geomys pinetis (Southeastern Pocket Gopher) is absent from much of its historic distribution due to reductions in suitable habitat, which consists largely of open Pinus (pine) systems. Restored open pine habitat represents an opportunity to reestablish Southeastern Pocket Gophers into areas within their historic distribution through translocation. Using radio telemetry, we documented evidence of avian predation on experimentally translocated Southeastern Pocket Gophers and no predation on non-translocated individuals. Translocated individuals exhibited greater movement rates, including aboveground movements, likely exposing them to increased predation risk.