Throughout the course of this study slight differences in red squirrel numbers between the construction and non-construction study areas have been observed. However, many natural disturbances such as fire, insect outbreaks, and fluctuations of food resources have caused significant declines in population size of these monitored squirrels. Additional research is, therefore, needed to isolate these factors in order to determine what impacts telescope construction and operation may have on the squirrel population.
The following graph represents data collected in the RSMP monitored areas only. If you are interested in total population estimates of the Mount Graham red squirrel we suggest contacting the Arizona Game and Fish Department which, in conjunction with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U. S. Forest Service and The University of Arizona, conducts a mountain wide census twice per year.
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