Museum, University of Nebraska State


Date of this Version

December 2000


Published in The Prairie Naturalist: Quarterly Journal of Research on the Natural History of the North American Great Plains, vol. 32, no. 4 (December 2000), pp. 209-215. Used by permission.
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Mammalian remains from owl pellet material collected in 24 Nebraska counties were examined. A total of 1262 individual mammals was identified from all owl pellet material and included 19 identifiable species and 21 total genera. The most commonly consumed prey by owls across the state were Microtus (41% of identifiable prey material), followed by Peromyscus (18%), and Reithrodontomys (11%). Significant locality information for the northern grasshopper mouse (Onychomys leucogaster), the southern bog lemming (Synaptomys cooperi), and the meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus) are reported.

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