Occurs from high mountain meadows to riparian streamsides, ponds, and marshes in lowlands where moist soils support a dense canopy of grasses, forbs, and shrubs. Hibernate in dry nest chamber during winter (Cranford 1999). Build nests in tall grass at base of tall willow clumps (MacDonald and Cook 2009).
Cranford, J. A. 1999. Western jumping mouse, Zapus princeps. Pp. 668-669, in The Smithsonian book of North American mammals (D. E. Wilson and S. Ruff, eds.). Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D. C., in association with the American Society of Mammalogists.
MacDonald, S. O. and J. A. Cook. 2009. Recent Mammals of Alaska. University of Alaska Press, Fairbanks, AK.