Fisher – Martes Pennanti

The fisher is closely related to but larger than the American Marten

Fisher Martes Pennanti General The fisher (Martes pennanti,) is a medium sized member of the weasel family (Mustelidae,) native only to North America.  They are striking with their slender bodies and soft dark coats but are increasingly becoming a problem in certain geographic zones where populations are expanding into suburban areas. Description Male fishers tend […]

Nutria Rat – information

Nutria semi-aquatic rodent native to South America originally was brought to the United States in 1889 for its fu

Nutria Rat General The Nutria Rat (Myocastor coypus,) of the order rodentia, is a large, semi-aquatic rodent native to southern South America. It has been described as “a cross between a beaver and a New York sewer rat.”1 Now found on 4 continents, and recognized as an invasive wildlife species in the United States (present […]

North American Porcupine – Information

The North American porcupine is second only to the beaver as the largest rodent native to this continent.

North American Porcupine General The North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum,) is the largest species of porcupine and the only one that can be found in the United States and Canada. Within their range, they are the second largest species of rodent, aside from the beaver. Although not an aggressive animal, porcupines are equipped with a […]

American Marten – Martes Americana

American martens, Martes americana, are found in the northern reaches of North America.

American Marten General The American Marten, Martes Americana, also know as the pine marten, is a member of the mustelid family, related to badgers, weasels, mink and otters. They are small, slender mammals known for their soft, shiny coats. The American Marten was widespread across the northeastern United States and Canada until hunting and forestry […]

Bobcat – Lynx rufus Information

Bobcat, a predator that depends on surprise to ambush and kill its prey.

Bobcat, Felis rufus General The Bobcat, Felis rufus, is the most abundant and widespread native wild cat in North America, named for its short tail that has a docked or “bobbed” appearance. The bobcat is an elusive mammal has been forced to become highly adaptive and can be found in a variety of environments because […]

Striped Skunk – Mephitis mephitis, Information

General: The Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) is an easily identifiable member of the weasel family, known for its graphic coloration and extreme odor used for defensive purposes (mephitis meaning “noxious vapor” in Latin.) This shy nocturnal animal is an opportunistic feeder that can often be spotted in backyards searching for its next meal. This is […]