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Dr. Michael T. Mengak

Professor, Wildlife Specialist

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Campus address

Warnell 4-428
Ph.D. 1987 Forestry/Wildlife Clemson University Dissertation: 'Impacts of natural and artificial regeneration of loblolly pine on small mammals in the South Carolina piedmont.'
M.S. 1982 Forestry/Wildlife Clemson University Thesis: 'A comparison of two diet analysis techniques applied to white-tailed deer in coastal South Carolina.'
B.S. 1979 Fisheries/Wildlife Virginia Tech
Curriculum Vitae:


Research Areas Detail:

Research focuses on human dimensions aspects of wild pigs; management and economic impact of wild pigs; nuisance wildlife management, natural history and ecology of woodrats (Allegheny and Key Largo); and,  inventory and monitoring of mammals.

Management and Impact of Wild Pigs

Human dimension surveys related to citizens (landowners, hunters, farmers, etc.) issues arising from wild pig occurrence and economic damages as well as beliefs and attitudes; extension outreach related to wild pig management and resolution of conflict issues.

Allegheny Woodrats

Conduct a survey of historical sites in Virginia for the presence of Allegheny woodrats. Collect biological data on individuals captured and habitat/landscape date for each site sampled.

Area of Specialization
Inventory and monitoring of non-game wildlife; wildlife damage management; wildlife service and outreach

Recent Citations:

Books or Book Chapters

Mengak, M. T., and C. A. Miller. 2020.  Chapter 10: Human Dimensions and Education Associated with Wild Pigs in North America. Pages 229-243 in K. VerCauteren, J. C. Beasley, S. S. Ditchkoff, J.J. Mayer, G. J. Roloff, and B.K. Strickland (editors). Invasive Wild Pigs in North America: Ecology, Impacts, and Management.  CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL.  485 pages.

Foster, M.A. and M.T. Mengak. 2015. Georgia Wild Pig Management Manual. River Valley Regional Commission, Columbus, GA. 102 pages

Kammermeyer, K. and M.T. Mengak. 2010. Camera Surveys. Pages 193-197 in K. Kammermeyer and R. Thackston. Deer & Turkey Management Beyond Food Plots. Scott Lithographing Company, Tucker, GA.

Mengak, M.T., C.M. Butchkoski, D.J. Feller, and S.A. Johnson. 2008.  Lessons form long-term monitoring of woodrats. Pages 109-132 in J. Peles and J. Wright (editors) The Allegheny Woodrat: Ecology, Conservation, and Management of a Declining Species. Springer-Verlag Publishers.


Linehan, J. M, and M. T. Mengak, S. B. Castleberry, and D. Miller.  2008.  Inventory of the mammalian species at Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi.  Occasional Papers of the Texas Tech Museum. Number 272. 11 March 2008.  16 pages.

Castleberry, S. B., M. T. Mengak, W. M. Ford.  2006.  Neotoma magister.  Mammalian Species No. 789, pp. 1-5, 3 figs

Journal Articles (since 2013)

Hohbein, R. R. and M. T. Mengak. 2018.  Extension wildlife damage management in Georgia: Survey of county extension agents.  Human-Wildlife Interactions 12(2): 242-258.

Kanine, J. M., E. M. Kierepka, S. B. Castleberry, M. T. Mengak, N.P. Nibbelink, and T. C. Glenn. 2018.  Influence of landscape heterogeneity on the functional connectivity of Allegheny woodrats (Neotoma magister) in Virginia.  Conservation Genetics Published online_6 August 2018

Lombardi, J. V., M. T. Mengak, S. B. Castleberry, and V. K. Terrill. 2018.  Natural and anthropogenic factors affecting Allegheny woodrat occupancy. Wildlife Society Bulletin 42(2): 667-673.

Mingie, J., N.C. Pouydal, M. K. Bowker, M. T.  Mengak, and J. Sirey. 2018.  Comparing the net benefit of forestland access for big game hunting across landownership types in Georgia, USA. Forest Science 65(2): 189-200. doi: 10.1093/forsci/fxy045

Lombardi, J.V., M.T. Mengak, S.B. Castleberry, and V.K. Terrell. 2017. Mammal occurrence in rock outcrops in Shendandoah National Park: Ecological and anthropogenic factors influencing trap success and co-occurrence. Natural Areas Journal 37(4): 507-514.

Mingie, J., N. Poudyal, M. Bowker, M. T. Mengak. 2017.  Big game hunters preferences for hunting lease attributes: An application of a choice experiment. Forest Policy and Economics 78(2017): 98-106.

Mingie, J., N. Poudyal, M. Bowker, M. T. Mengak, and J. Sirey. 2017.  A hedonic analysis of big game hunting club dues in Georgia. Human Dimensions of   Wildlife 22(2): 110-125.

Ninke, L.B. and M. T. Mengak. 2016.  Evaluating the Georgia Master Naturalist Program.  Journal of Extension, June 2016, Vol. 54, No. 3, Article #3RIB7.

Harper, E.E. , J. J. Vaske, C. A. Miller, M.T. Mengak, and S. Bruno. 2016.  Stakeholder attitudes and beliefs toward wild pigs in Georgia and Illinois.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 40(2):269-273.

Lombardi, J. V., M. T. Mengak, S. B. Castleberry, V. K. Terrell, and M. Fies. 2016.  A new long-tailed weasel county record in Shenandoah National Park. Virginia Journal of Science 67(1):1-5.

Lombardi, J. V., M. T. Mengak, and S. B. Castleberry. 2016.  Three new county records for Eastern Spotted Skunk (Spilogale putorius) in Shenandoah National Park.  Banisteria 46:25-27.

Harper, E.E., J.J.Vaske, C.A.Miller, M.T. Mengak, and S. Bruno. 2016. Stakeholder attitudes and beliefs towards wild pigs in Georgia and Illinois. Wildlife     Society Bulletin 40(2): 269-273.

Kanine, J. M., S.B. Castleberry, M. T. Mengak, and C. Winchester.  2015.  Seasonal variation in Key Largo woodrat (Neotoma floridana smalli) diets. Southeastern Naturalist 14(2): 405-414.

Castleberry, S. B., M. T. Mengak, and T. E. Menken. 2014. Comparison of trapping and camera survey methods for determining presence of Allegheny woodrats. Wildlife  Society Bulletin 38(2): 414-418.

McCleery, R., M. Oli, J. Hostetler, B. Karmacharya, D. U. Greene, C. Winchester, J. Gore, S. Sneckenberger, S. B. Castleberry, and M. T. Mengak.  2013.  Are declines of  an endangered mammal predation-driven, and can a captive-breeding and release program aid their recovery?  Journal of Zoology, Print ISSN 0952-8369; doi 10.1111/jzo.  12046. 

Greene, D. U., S. B. Castleberry, and M. T. Mengak.  2013. A methodology for long-term monitoring of the endangered Key Largo cotton mouse.  Wildlife Society Bulletin. 37(2):  368-374.

Conference Proceedings

Todd, C. T. and M. T. Mengak. 2018.  Wild pig hunting outfitters in the Southeast.  Proceedings of the 17th Wildlife Damage Management Conference, 17: 89-90. Perdido Beach, AL. Feb. 26-28, 2017

Mengak, M. T. 2016.  Landowner opinions regarding wild pigs in Georgia, USA. Pages 162-169 in RM Timm and RA Baldwin (editors). Proceedings 27th Vertebrate Pest Conference, Newport Beach, Ca.  March 6-10, 2016.

Mengak, M. T. 2014.  The extent and impact of wild pig damage to landowners in southwest Georgia, USA. Pages 287-290 in RM Timm and JM O’Brien, (editors).  Proceedings 26th Vertebrate Pest Conference, Waikoloa Village, Hawaii.  March 3-6, 2014.

Mengak, M. T., C. A. Miller, and D. I. Hall.  2009.  Attitudes of students in a wildlife damage management class towards nuisance wildlife control. Pages 75-83 in J. Boulanger  (editor).  Proceedings 13th Wildlife Damage Management Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.  May 3-6, 2009.

Mengak, M. T.  2009.  Growing loblolly pine with wildlife food plots, hunting lease assumptions and liability issues.  Pages 92-100 in Siry, J. et al. (editors). 2009 Proceedings of  the 2008 Southern Forest Economics Workers Annual Meeting; 2008 Mar 9-11, Savannah, GA.

Stephens, L. R., M. T. Mengak, D. I. Hall.  2007.  Evaluation of resident Canada Goose relocation in Georgia.  Pages 543-553 in D. L. Nolte (editor). Proceedings of the 12th  Wildlife Damage Management Conference, Corpus Christi, TX.

Technical Bulletins and Final Reports

Mengak, M. T. 2018. Wildlife Translocation.  USDA Wildlife Services - Wildlife Damage Management Technical Series.  National Wildlife Research Center, Ft. Collins, CO.…

Lombardi, J. V., M. T. Mengak, S. B. Castleberry, V. C. K. Terrell. 2016.  Observations from a rock outcrop camera survey in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.  National Park Service Final Report. 83 pp.

Hatt, J., L. Worsham, G. Sundin, G. Grossman, M.T. Mengak, and N. Nibbelink. 2016.  Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Gulf Islands National Seashore. Natural  Resource Report NPS/GUIS/NRR—2014/1135. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Hatt, J., L. Worsham, G. Sundin, G. Grossman, M. T. Mengak, and N. Nibbelink. 2016. Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and  Preserve. Natural Resource Report NPS/JELA/NRR—2014/953. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Sundin, G., L. Worsham, N. Nibbelink, G. Grossman, and M. T. Mengak. 2014. Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Vicksburg National Military Park. Natural Resource  Report NPS/VICK/NRR—2014/769. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. Published Report – 2207798.

Worsham, L, G. Sundin, N. Nibbelink, G. Grossman, and M. T. Mengak. 2014. Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Natchez Trace Parkway. Natural Resource Report  NPS/NATR/NRR—2014/843. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. Published Report – 2216371.

Recent Grants and Contracts

Georgia Farm Bill_NRCS Feral Swine Control Pilot Project; 2020-2023 $1,500,000

Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association; 2017-2023 $96,000

Joint Venture Agreement for Natural Inquirer; 2016 $60,000

Survey and protect the rare Allegheny woodrat, NPS-Shenandoah National Park; 2014 - 2016  $49,993

Development of the Georgia Wild Hog Management Field Manual, River Valley Regional Commission; 2013 - 2014  $15,000

Natural resource condition assessment for 5 regional parks, NPS; 2010 - 2013  $285,000

Natural resource conditions assessment for 6 regional parks, NPS: 2005 - 2010 $200,780

Status & Distribution of Allegheny Woodrats in Virginia, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries; 2009 - 2011  $87,500

Ecological understanding as a guideline for evaluation of nonformal education (EUGENE), USDA Forest Service; 2005 - 2009  $200,780

Assessing knowledge gain from the Natural Inquirer, USDA Forest Service; 2009 - 2011  $96,390

A protocol for monitoring Key Largo cotton mouse, US Fish and Wildlife Service; 2006 - 2008  $75,000


Graduated Students (Since 2013)

In Progress

   Smith, Justine (MS, 2022) - wild pig impacts and damage assessment


  Jaques, Ben (MNR, 2019) - Wildlife Specialist, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services

  Kelley, Steven (MNR, 2018) - Biology Teacher, Forsyth County

  Mingie, James (PhD, 2016) - Post-Doc, Univ Tennessee

  Kanine, Jennifer (PhD, 2013) - Wildlife Biologist, Michigan

  Todd, Charles (MNR, 2017) - UGA Cooperative Extension Agent

  Foster, Michael (MNR, 2015) - Environmental Consultant, North Carolina

  Fulmer, Josie (MNR, 2014) - UGA 4-H Environmental Education

  Hildreth (Ninke), Lauren (MNR, 2013) - Outreach, Missouri Dept Wildlife Conservation

  Arnold, Sarah (MNR, 2013) - ZooAtlanta



My outreach focus is on nuisance wildlife management and human-wildlife conflict resolution.  I work with county extension agents and various landowners and clients to solve urban nuisance wildlife issue.  I also work with county extension agents to resolve wildlife damage issues related to wild pigs, white-tailed deer, and common urban wildlife.  I am the state coordinator for the Georgia Master Naturalist Program.