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Ord's Kangaroo Rat

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Ord's Kangaroo RatKangaroo Rats in Alberta are generally found at the northern edge of the species' range, in restricted areas. The established distribution of Kangaroo Rats in Alberta includes the eastern portion of Canadian Forces Base Suffield, the Middle Sand Hills area, and along the Red Deer River at Dune Point. A limited number of field investigations outside of these areas have not revealed additional records of Kangaroo Rats. The distribution of Kangaroo Rats in Alberta requires careful investigation in order to determine if the provincial distribution is as localized as current records suggest. Because of the Kangaroo Rats' inconspicuous size and nocturnal activity periods, the species' provincial range may be more extensive than previous records have indicated.

Reprinted from Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 4 (1997), with permission from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.

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