Mammals

Moose - USFWS.

The numerous habitats of the refuge attract a wide variety of wildlife and are especially critical to the survival of many mammalian species.

Moose

Moose are in the deer family and are distinguished by their large size and the palmate antlers of the male. Moose typically inhabit spruce-fir and mixed wood forests. In the Connecticut River watershed, the highest densities of moose can be seen in northern Vermont and New Hampshire. In the spring and summer, their diet typically consists of aquatic vegetation, while tree bark and buds sustain them throughout the late fall and winter.

Best Divisions to find this species: Nulhegan Basin Division, Pondicherry Division, Blueberry Swamp Division

 

New England cottontail

The New England cottontail is a medium reddish to grayish-brown rabbit which inhabits young forest habitat. The range of this once widespread rabbit has significantly decreased in size likely due to a reduction in the amount of available habitat, and gradual displacement by the exotic Eastern cottontail. Recent surveys have revealed that the New England cottontail still occurs in scattered areas of Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and southern Maine, as well as Cape Cod and western Connecticut.