Property Animals

The combination of aspen forest, tree-lined fences, pastures, crop/hay fields and abundant ponds and wetlands provide habitats for a rich diversity of animals in and around the property. White-tailed deer are common in the area. It appears the recessive gene for piebald colour pattern is present in the population. Mule deer also occur in the area. Elk and moose are regularly seen in the fields. Coyotes are heard almost daily but seen only rarely. We have encountered rabbits, skunks, raccoons, weasels, fisher, martens and river otters. Least chipmunks and red squirrels are common in the forest. Pocket gophers, ground squirrels and a host of mice, voles and shrews can be found throughout the property. There are at least two active beaver lodges on the deeper ponds. Muskrats inhabit all the more permanent ponds. Bats are frequently seen during the summer evenings flying over the pond or open areas. Lynx and black bear have been recorded and there is anectodal information that wolves and cougar occasionally move through the area. There is also evidence feral wild boar are present in the area.

Wood frogs and chorus frogs are extremely abundant in and around the many wetlands in the spring. Large populations of tiger salamanders breed in the more permanent ponds and migrate in numbers into the forest in the autumn. Garter snakes are also very common throughout the property suggesting there are a number of hibernacula present.

Mammals

  • White-tailed Deer
  • Mule Deer
  • Moose
  • Elk
  • Black Bear
  • Lynx
  • Beaver
  • Muskrat
  • Meadow Vole
  • Red backed Vole
  • Deer Mouse
  • Unidentified Shrew
  • Little Brown Bat
  • Northern Pocket Gopher
  • Red Squirrel
  • Franklin's Ground Squirrel
  • Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel
  • Least Chipmunk
  • Snowshoe hare
  • White-tailed jackrabbit
  • Red Fox
  • Coyote
  • Striped Skunk
  • Raccoon
  • River Otter
  • Fisher
  • Pine marten
  • Mink
  • Long-tailed Weasel
  • Wild Boar (Escaped/Feral)

Amphibians and Reptiles

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