Attempted predation of live-captured Neotoma Magister (Allegheny woodrat) by Strix varia (barred owl) and buteo jamaicensis (red-tailed hawk) in Kentucky


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We documented multiple attempted predation events of Neotoma magister (Allegheny Woodrat) by Strix varia (Barred Owl) and Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk) using camera traps paired with live-traps. Given our observations, the life histories of these predators and how they relate to Allegheny Woodrats needs to be further investigated. Pairing passive monitoring tools with live-trapping efforts will not only improve the safety and efficacy of live-trapping practices, but can also elucidate temporal activity patterns of study species and provide natural history observations as outlined here.

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Northeastern Naturalist