The Allegheny Woodrat

Ecology, Conservation, and Management of a Declining Species

  • John D. Peles
  • Janet Wright

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. History and Current Status

  3. Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-44
    2. Steven B Castleberry
      Pages 63-73
    3. Nikole L Castleberry, Steven B Castleberry
      Pages 93-106
  4. Conservation and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-108
    2. Michael T Mengak, Calvin M Butchkoski, Daniel J Feller, Scott A Johnson
      Pages 109-132
    3. Jerry D Hassinger, Calvin M Butchkoski, Duane R Diefenbach
      Pages 133-152
    4. Timothy J. Smyser, Olin E. Rhodes
      Pages 153-167
    5. George A. Feldhamer, Aaron K. Poole
      Pages 193-206
  5. Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. John D. Peles, Janet Wright
      Pages 209-224
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 225-231

About this book


Once a common resident of the northeastern United States, the Allegheny woodrat (Neotoma magister) has now disappeared from areas where it was once abundant. The mystery of its decline has confounded biologists for three decades, but offers warnings for the future of other small, inconspicuous native mammals. Mammalogists John Peles and Janet Wright have synthesized current knowledge of the species in book form. The Allegheny Woodrat: Ecology, Conservation, and Management of a Declining Species provides the reader with a coherent, integrated picture illustrating the current status and distribution of the woodrat as well as the factors that have contributed to its decline. It provides background of the mammal’s ecology and genetics and insight into its future through conservation initiatives and management programs.

Through hard lessons learned and relayed in the book, the editors and contributors hope to provide both good models for, and some caveats to, general principles that may be applied to the study of other declining species. It is a real and instructive study for ecology, management and conservation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John D. Peles
    • 1
  • Janet Wright
    • 2
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentPennsylvania State University-McKeesportMcKeesportUSA
  2. 2.Biology DepartmentDickinson CollegeCarlisleUSA

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