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.