Mammals

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Togiak National Wildlife Refuge is home to more than 30 species of terrestrial mammals. In addition, 17 species of marine mammals are found along the coastline. 


Terrestrial Mammals

With a wide variety of habitats, Togiak Refuge supports brown bear, moose, caribou, wolves, and many smaller mammals. The Nushagak Peninsula, in the southeastern portion of Togiak Refuge, was the site of a 1988 caribou reintroduction, and the caribou population continues to grow. Moose populations on the refuge have increased substantially in recent years as well, much to the delight of local people. Lynx and wolverines continue their elusive ways, seldom seen except for tracks they leave in the snow. 

Marine Mammals

Seventeen species of marine mammals are found along the coastline. Togiak Refuge has haulout sites that provide animals a place to rest after feeding forays in the Bering Sea. Cape Peirce, on the southwestern tip of the refuge, is one of only two regularly used land-based haulouts for Pacific walrus in North America. Up to 12,000 male walrus may haul out here at one time. Endangered Steller's sea lions use haulouts within the refuge, as do harbor and spotted seals. Marine and terrestrial mammals are important food resources for local village residents, and are important in the local tourism economy as well.  

A list of Mammal Species in the refuge is below.

Additional information including mammal life history, abundance information and pictures can be found by clicking on the mammal names below. To learn more about research projects involving fish and wildlife, visit our Science page.

      Bats  
      Black Bears 
      Brown Bears 
      Beaver 
      Caribou 
      Coyotes 
      Fox 
      Hares 
      Lynx 
      Mammals- Small Mammals 
      Marten 
      Marmot  
      Mink and Weasel 
      Moose 
      Muskrat 
      Otter  
      Porcupine 
      Squirrel- Arctic Ground  
      Squirrel- Red 
      Sea Lions and Fur Seals 
      Seals 
      Walrus 
      Whales- Baleen Whales 
      Whales- Toothed Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises 
      Wolverine 
      Wolves 

Other Resources

  • To learn more about research projects involving fish and wildlife,
    visit our
    Science page.