IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Montane Voles are found in a variety of habitats, including woods and meadows. They are even found above timberline. Estimates of population densities are rather extreme. One report cited 185 Voles per hectare. Another study, of a population explosion in the Klamath River basin in 1957-1958, counted 1,200-1,600 per hectare. Owls, hawks, and falcons feed heavily on these numerous mammals, as do some mammals, among them coyotes and weasels. The Voles carry two diseases that can also infect humans, tularemia and giardia, and are used for laboratory studies of diseases, especially African trypanosomiasis.

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