From diminutive shrews to the majestic blue
whale, there are 116 species of mammals
in Alaska, which have never been fully
documented until now. Biologists Joseph A.
Cook and S. O. MacDonald have compiled
here the first comprehensive accounting of
Alaska's recent mammals, big and small, common and rare.
Through extensive fieldwork and research, the authors have produced the first
authoritative reference. Detailed entries for each species include distribution and
taxonomic information, status, habitat, and fossil history.
Appendices include quick reference listings of mammal
distribution by region, specimen locations, conservation
status, introductions and translocations, and the
incidence of Pleistocene mammals. The guide is
generously illustrated with line drawings by Alaska
artist W. D. Berry and others, and includes maps
indicating the distribution of species.
Recent Mammals of Alaska is an accessible, easy-to-use source for scholars and
amateur naturalists alike.
S. O. MacDonald is a research associate and curator in the Mammal Division,
Museum of Southwestern Biology. Joseph A. Cook is a professor in the Biology
Department and curator of mammals at the Museum of Southwestern Biology,
University of New Mexico.