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Wyoming Pocket Gopher (Thomomys clusius): A Technical Conservation Assessment


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Pocket gophers are members of the family Geomyidae, species of which inhabit virtually all of the United States, a large area of southwestern Canada, and much of Mexico. They are powerfully built mammals that are strongly adapted to fossorial living, with small ears, small eyes, fur-lined cheek pouches used to carry food, and very strong front limbs with long nails used for digging. Although considered pests in some agricultural situations, pocket gophers are important in soil development (incorporating organic matter), soil aeration, and promoting water storage in soil during spring runoff. The Wyoming pocket gopher (Thomomys clusius) is the only vertebrate animal that occurs exclusively in Wyoming; its known distribution [...]


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