Small Mammal Inventory
Importance / Issues
Small mammals (species in the Orders Insectivora and Rodentia) are estimated to be the largest mammal group and the group most likely to be under-sampled in the Klamath parks. Small mammal populations are subject to strong seasonal and interannual fluctuations in abundance. In addition, many microtine species are very similar in appearance, so definitive documentation of these species requires professional inventories, with voucher specimens, across the array of habitats in each park. As a result, small mammal species were prioritized as the second most important group needing to be inventoried in the Klamath Network.
Dr. Ed Starkey
Dr. Daniel Sarr
Crater Lake National Park
The primary objective of our small mammal inventory was to accurately document the presence of all small mammal species in each park.
The second objective of this inventory was to document distribution and abundance of the species encountered within varied habitats of each park and across the network as a whole.
The third objective of this inventory was to document through voucher specimens, or other appropriate means, the small mammal fauna of each park.