Impact of Post-typhoon Hunting on Mariana Fruit Bats (Pteropus mariannus)1

  title={Impact of Post-typhoon Hunting on Mariana Fruit Bats (Pteropus mariannus)1},
  author={Jacob A. Esselstyn and Arjun Amar and Dustin Janeke},
ABSTRACT We examined the abundance of Mariana fruit bats (Pteropus mariannus Desmarest) on the Pacific islands of Rota and Guam before and after a severe typhoon in December 2002. After the typhoon, bat abundance declined by 70% on Rota. On Guam, bat abundance initially increased by ca. 100 individuals (103%), perhaps due to immigration from Rota, but then declined an average of 32% from pretyphoon levels for the remainder of 2003. An increase in post-typhoon hunting pressure represents at… 

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