Wildlife Info

Beavers

Beavers

Beavers are the largest rodents in North America and the second-largest rodents in the world (after the South American capybara). They are found in ponds, lakes, rivers, marshes, streams, and adjacent wetland areas throughout North America. A beaver’s diet consists of mixed vegetables and fruits, rodent chow and a healthy supply of wood. Beavers cut trees for construction projects such as dams and lodges and will repair any breaks or holes in their dwellings. Beavers have a lifespan of about 23 years, both in the wild and in human care. 

Coyotes

Coyotes

The coyote is a species of canine native to North America. It is smaller than its close relative, the wolf, and slightly smaller than the closely related eastern wolf and red wolf. They are often crepuscular, being more active around evening and the beginning of the night than during the day. Primarily carnivorous, its diet consists mainly of deer, rabbits, hares, rodents, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates, though it may also eat fruits and vegetables on occasion. As of 2007, coyotes were the most abundant livestock predators in western North America, causing the majority of sheep, goat, and cattle losses.

Skunks

Skunks

Skunks are North and South American mammals in the family Mephitidae. While related to polecats and other members of the weasel family, skunks have as their closest Old World relatives the stink badgers.  The animals are known for their ability to spray a liquid with a strong, unpleasant smell. Skunks are omnivorous, eating both plant and animal material and changing their diets as the seasons change. They eat insects, larvae, earthworms, grubs, rodents, lizards, salamanders, frogs, snakes, birds, moles, and eggs. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cites that wild animals accounted for 92.7% of reported cases of rabies in 2018, of which 20.3% were due to skunks.

Raccoons

Raccoons

The raccoon is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. Three of the raccoon’s most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous front paws, its facial mask, and its ringed tail, which are themes in the mythologies of the indigenous peoples of the Americas relating to the animal. It is usually nocturnal and omnivorous, eating about 40% invertebrates, 33% plants, and 27% vertebrates. While overturned waste containers and raided fruit trees are just a nuisance to homeowners, it can cost several thousand dollars to repair damage caused by the use of attic space as dens.

Foxes

Foxes

Foxes are small to medium-sized, omnivorous mammals belonging to several genera of the family Canidae. Foxes have a flattened skull, upright triangular ears, a pointed, slightly upturned snout, and a long bushy tail. Their omnivorous diet allows them to survive on discarded food waste, and their skittish and often nocturnal nature means that they are often able to avoid detection, despite their larger size. They have been known to steal chickens, disrupt garbage bins and damage gardens.

Muskrats

Muskrats

The muskrat is a medium-sized semiaquatic rodent native to North America. They are not closely related to beavers, with which they share habitat and general appearance. The muskrat is found in wetlands over a wide range of climates and habitats. Muskrat families build nests to protect themselves and their young from cold and predators. In streams, ponds, or lakes, muskrats burrow into the bank with an underwater entrance. They feed on cattail and other aquatic vegetation.

Squirrels

Squirrels

Squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae, a family that includes small or medium-size rodents. Tree squirrels live mostly among trees, as opposed to those that live in burrows in the ground or among rocks. Squirrels are sometimes considered pests because of their propensity to chew on various edible and inedible objects, and their stubborn persistence in trying to get what they want. On occasion, squirrels will chew through plastic and even metal to get to food. Homeowners in areas with a heavy squirrel population must be vigilant in keeping attics, basements, and sheds carefully sealed to prevent property damage caused by nesting squirrels.

Rabbits

Rabbits

The cottontail is one of many species of rabbits across North and Central America, named for their signature white tail that can be seen as they run. Rabbits are herbivores that feed by grazing on grass, forbs, and leafy weeds, and though they are often see during the daytime, their predilection is to be noctunral. The lifespan of a cottontail averages about two years depending on the location, with female rabbits sometimes producing up to three litters a year.

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