Grand Canyon Wildlife: Mammals part 2



Need more animals to try and  find during your tour? Here are some more critters to see!

 

 

Mountain Lions. Mountain lions are seldom seen because they avoid getting close to humans but they do habitat the canyon and are occasionally spotted. They are the largest of wild cats in North America and can weigh 200 pounds and can reach 6 feet long. They prey on deer and elk. They were hunted almost to extinction in the canyon area, but have made a strong come-back. They are most often seen at the North Rim where it is estimated that over 100 roam that area. Although there have been reported attacks by Mountain Lions upon people, such cases are very rare.

 

 

Mule Deer. These are the most frequently sighted animals in the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim. These graceful animals can weigh up to 200 pounds. Drive carefully at night because Mule Deer will often dart in front of cars. They feed on bushes and shrubs.

 

 

Raccoons. These "masked bandits" are common in the rim campgrounds.

 

 

Ringtail Cats. They really are not cats but members of the raccoon family. And like raccoons and skunks, they forage for food in campgrounds. The Ringtail Cat is a rather unusual-looking creature that loves to climb. They have big round eyes, a long tail with white bands and mouse-like ears. If cornered they will spray an awful smelling mist similar to a skunk. They are nocturnal and feed on mice.

 

 

 

Canyon Bats. Bats are mammals, not birds. They are most often seen at sunset when they begin to feed on flying insects.

 

It is important to remember that no matter how adapted to humans the animals may be, they are wild animals and some are capable of biting and even attacking if provoked. When viewing wildlife, do not approach them and do not feed them. It is not healthy for wildlife to get used to depending upon humans for food.


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