Wild Mammals of Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park provides the scholar, conservationist, and interested lay reader with information on the state's 117 wild mammalian species from grizzly bears to pygmy shrews. It describes the history of mammalogy in Wyoming, the zoogeography of Wyoming mammals, and the prehistoric mammals of Wyoming. It also characterizes the habitats of Wyoming mammals and addresses the conservation and management of mammals in the region.
Expanding beyond the traditional field guide, Steven W. Buskirk emphasizes taxonomic classification, geographic range, and conservation status for mammalian species. Introductory sections are provided for each order and family, and individual species accounts organize a wealth of data ranging from habitat associations to field measurements in an easy-to-use format. Featuring color species photos, continental and state-scale distribution maps, and a comprehensive bibliography with nearly 1,000 references, Wild Mammals of Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park is an indispensable resource for wildlife and conservation biologists and mammalogists working in this region.
PART I: The Wyoming Context
History of Wyoming Mammalogy
Vegetation as Habitat
Conservation and Management
Notes for Part I
PART II: Species Accounts
New World Opossums—Order Didelphimorphia
Shrews and Moles—Order Soricomorpha
Pikas, Rabbits, and Hares—Order Lagomorpha
Even-Toed Ungulates—Order Artiodactyla
Appendix: Plant Species and Nonmammalian Animal Species
Steven W. Buskirk is Professor Emeritus of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. His research has dealt with mammals from mice to bighorn sheep with a special focus on the ecology and conservation of medium-size carnivores and their prey. He has taught courses in wildlife management, mammalogy, and writing in zoology, and he has published articles in Science, the Journal of Mammalogy, and other journals. He coedited the volume Biology and Conservation of Martens, Sables, and Fishers (Cornell, 2012) and contributed to Species at Risk (Texas, 2005).
“Wild Mammals of Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park is one of the finest regional treatments to be published in many years and provides the first comprehensive overview of the mammals in over 50 years. Buskirk writes deftly and comprehensively of this diverse fauna, providing a valuable resource for every wildlife biologist, resource manager, and layperson interested in this remarkable region. I couldn’t imagine visiting Wyoming or Yellowstone without this book!”—Douglas Kelt, Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis
“For the professional mammologist or the ranch kid awakening to a living world of more than game species and furbearers, this comprehensive new book on the mammalian fauna of Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park has something for you. The author has gifted us all with a clearly written accounting of this state’s rich variety of wild mammals, including those most at risk, and with whom we're thrust headlong into the Anthropocene.”—S.O. MacDonald, coauthor of Recent Mammals of Alaska