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.
Beckner, M. E., Powers, K. E., & Dodd, L. E. (2023). Attempted predation of live-captured Neotoma Magister (Allegheny woodrat) by Strix varia (barred owl) and buteo jamaicensis (red-tailed hawk) in Kentucky. Northeastern Naturalist, 30(3). https://doi.org/10.1656/045.030.0310