In 1953 the writer published a Checklist of Iowa Mammals with notes on new species and changes in distribution since 1937. At that time it was apparent that much information was lacking on distribution of some species. A few forms were small, retiring, and difficult to collect. A large number were conspicuous fur bearers and game species that had moved into new territory or had escaped notice of systematic mammalogists in the past. Some larger mammals for which considerable distribution data were lacking included the otter, grey fox, wildcat, woodchuck, chipmunk, red squirrel, grey squirrel, and white-tailed jack rabbit. Most of the mammals in this list would obviously be known to hunters, trappers, and naturalists who were not aware of the dearth of distribution information. The information used in this survey was obtained, in part, from published journal papers, local news stories, questionnaires relative to county bounty claims, and responses to statewide newspaper appeals for information regarding conspicuous fur bearers and game mammals. State biologists and conservation officers cooperated in providing information on skins, skulls, breeding records, local data on populations, bag checks, and purchases by fur buyers.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1958 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
"Recent Locality Records for Some Iowa Mammals,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 65(1), 559-564.
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