Camas pocket gopher

Leslie Carraway

Latin name: Thomomys bulbivorus

Camas pocket gophers occur only in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Because of this small range they are federally listed as a Species of Concern, but little is known about them. Only small remnants of their native prairie habitat remain, however, gophers cause much agricultural damage and are managed as a pest. Our research into the genetic connectivity of camas pocket gopher populations will provide basic information to better understand and manage this Oregon endemic.