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The Allegheny Woodrat By John Peles

The Allegheny Woodrat by John Peles

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

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. The book will be of interest to ecologists, conservation biologists, wildlife professionals, and students.

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword by Alicia V. Linzey iv Preface vii List of Contributors xii Section I: History and Current Status 1 History and Current Status of the Allegheny Woodrat 2 Janet Wright 2 Multiple Causes of the Allegheny Woodrat Decline: A Historical-Ecological Examination 35 Kathleen LoGiudice Section II: Ecology 3 Woodrat Population Dynamics and Movement Patterns 69 Petra Bohall Wood 4 Home Range, Movements, and Habitat Selection 99 Steven B. Castleberry 5 Den Use Behavior of Allegheny Woodrats Inhabiting Rock Outcrops in Pennsylvania 118 John D. Peles and Janet Wright 6 Food Selection and Caching Behavior 146 Nikole L. Castleberry and Steven B. Castleberry Section III: Conservation and Management 7 Lessons from Long-Term Monitoring of Woodrat Populations 175 Michael T. Mengak, Calvin M. Butchkoski, Daniel J. Feller, and Scott A. Johnson 8 Managing Surface Rock Communities for Neotoma magister 213 Jerry D. Hassinger, Calvin M. Butchkoski, and Duane R. Diefenbach 9 Genetic Diversity of Woodrats: Implications for Conservation 247 Timothy J. Smyser and Olin E. Rhodes, Jr. 10 Reintroduction of Woodrats: Concepts and Applications 274 Thomas L. Serfass 11 Status and Conservation of Other At-Risk Species of North American Woodrats 314 George A. Feldhamer and Aaron K. Poole Section IV: Synthesis 12 Lessons Learned and Recommendations for the Future 338 John D. Peles and Janet Wright

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The Allegheny Woodrat: Ecology, Conservation, and Management of a Declining Species by John Peles
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
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