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The Allegheny Woodrat: Ecology, Conservation, and Management of a Declining Species

Edited By: John D Peles and Janet Wright

231 pages, Figs, tabs


Hardback | Jun 2008 | #174006 | ISBN-13: 9780387360508
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About this book

A decline in populations of Allegheny woodrats (Neotoma magister) was first noticed in the 1980s. Since that time, woodrats have become extirpated from at least two states and have declined dramatically in several others. Recent evidence suggests that the decline of this species may be proceeding further south to include states where woodrat populations were previously considered to be stable.

"The Allegheny Woodrat: Ecology, Conservation, and Management of a Declining Species" provides a comprehensive summary of research conducted over the past twenty-five years. The book integrates the results of this research into a comprehensive picture of the ecological requirements, conservation principles, and management strategies for this declining species. In addition, general principles learned from the study of woodrats are applied to the conservation and management of other declining species, including other species of Neotoma. The editors and chapter authors are researchers from both academic settings and state management agencies, individuals who have contributed significantly to the study of Allegheny woodrats during the past two decades.


Introduction: Allegheny woodrats as a model for the study of declining species * Section I: The decline of the Allegheny woodrat * History and current status of the Allegheny woodrat * Reasons for the decline of woodrats: A synergistic model * Section II: Ecology of the Allegheny woodrat * Influence of landscape structure on habitat selection * Home range and microhabitat selection * Den selection and den affinity * Food selection and caching behavior * Population dynamics * Section III: Conservation and management of the Allegheny woodrat * Lessons from long-term monitoring of woodrat populations * Management of existing woodrat populations * Reintroduction of woodrat populations * Section IV: Status of other Neotoma species * Synthesis: Lessons learned and future research needs * Index.

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