Category Archives: Mammals

Shared Habitat

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In our area the chief food of coyotes is lagomorphs (hares, rabbits), small rodents (ground squirrels, gophers, kangaroo rats, meadow mice and voles) insects, nuts, berries and fruit. However,  coyotes (Canis latrans) are very adaptable and will eat whatever is … Continue reading

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Pygmy Rabbit

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Found in the Great Basin and some adjacent intermountain areas between about 4,000 and 7,000 feet, pygmy rabbits (Brachylagus idahoensis) usually remain in dense cover, rarely venturing out into the open. Therefore  Leonard and I were surprised to see one … Continue reading

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Antelope Ground Squirrel

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Antelope ground squirrels (Ammospermophilus leucurus) are hyperactive. They never stop moving! While exploring Grimes Point Archeological Site along Nevada Highway 50 east of Fallon NV, Leonard and I came upon this cute little guy (gal?). We sat down and it … Continue reading

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Bambi and Thumper

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Last fall Leonard discovered a domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in our barn (near Lookout CA, Modoc County). With no nearby houses or knowledge of local people with rabbits, we had no idea how the rabbit ended up in our barn. … Continue reading

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Roosevelt Elk Calves

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While driving along Endert’s Beach Road south of Crescent City CA (Del Norte County), Leonard and I were surprised to see a small herd of Roosevelt elk (Cervus canadensis roosevelti) cows and their calves  in a field next to the … Continue reading

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Deer and Antelope Play

Leonard and I really do live “where the deer and the antelope play”. These “antelope” of musical fame are actually pronghorn (Antilocapra americanna), not antelope, as they are commonly called. But we all incorrectly call them antelope. At the Ash … Continue reading

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Coues Whitetail

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The coues whitetail (Odocoileus virginianus couesi) is a subspecies of the common eastern whitetail (Odocoileus virginianus). It is a denizen of mountain ranges in Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. It can be found between 3,500 and 9,000+ feet in elevation … Continue reading

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