Instability of the snowshoe hare and woody plant interaction

  title={Instability of the snowshoe hare and woody plant interaction},
  author={John F. Fox and John P. Bryant},
We show that Alaskan woody plants respond to browsing in two ways that might destabilize a plantherbivore interaction and account for snowshoe hare population ‘cycles’. (1) Browse production of preferred, earliersuccessional woody plants increases in response to moderate levels of browsing. Such yield increases are potentially destabilizing. Later successional woody plants show decreases in yield after moderate browsing, which is consistent with the persistence of snowshoe hares in late… CONTINUE READING