NORTHERN BOG LEMMING

INTRODUCTION 

The Northern bog lemming (Synaptomys borealis) has a subspecies (Sphagnicola) found in BCR 14. It is quite rare and seems to occur mostly at high elevations although it has been found in sphagnum bogs, lowland spruce-fir and damp weedy meadows. It is listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in one or more states in BCR 14.

HABITAT NEEDS 

This animal uses burrows several inches below ground and shallow runways on the ground surface. It prefers areas with moist to wet loose soils or leaf mold. It feeds on the succulent parts of grasses and sedges along with seeds and fungi.

Its territory size, home range and population densities are unknown.

HABITAT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES 

Until more is learned about its specific habitat requirements, only general habitat management objectives are available. These include maintaining conditions that provide for tunnels in the loose soil conditions on moist (poorly drained loamy or silty soils) high-elevation and low-elevation spruce-fir forest types.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION