New York Natural Heritage Program
Allegheny Woodrat
Neotoma magister Baird, 1858
Mammals

Threats [-]
The raccoon roundworm parasite (Baylisascaris procyonis), combined with a small population size, makes the single New York site subject to possible extirpation at any point in time. Raccoon roundworm eggs persist in the environment and this factor continues to be a threat at extirpated locations in New York (see Long-term Trends for a description of this parasite).

Research Needs [-]
At formerly suitable sites, the examination of raccoon latrine densities and raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis) infection rates in raccoon latrines are necessary to determine the time period for these locations to become suitable again. An experimental release should again be conducted to determine if apparently suitable sites can sustain woodrat populations (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 2006).