Monitoring of wildlife populations is essential for identifying declines or changes, especially in response to habitat changes or disturbance. By comparing historical and modern populations, we can quantify long-term trends. In this study we are comparing historical data from the mid-1980’s to modern to identify trends within a population of Western rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus). During the previous study, the landscape was managed as cattle grazing land with negligible human presence.
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