Mammals

There are many furry critters that inhabit the Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge. Here you can discover just a few of the mammals that live on the refuge. 

  • White-tailed Deer

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    The white-tailed deer can be seen frolicking in open field during the warmer months. Then during the colder months, they take to shelter provided by forest.

    The speed and agility of the white-tails are what helps keep them safe from predators such as bobcats and coyotes. They can run at speeds of 30 miles per hour, and jump a height of 10 feet or a distance of around 30 feet.

  • Eastern Chipmunk

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    Chipmunks are one of the smaller mammals found on the refuge, weighing only 3 ounces and reaching lengths of about 5-6 inches. They can be found living on forest edges feeding on seeds, nuts, and berries. The chipmunk is also the species most famous for stuffing their cheek pouches with food to transport it back to their den.

  • Bobcat

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    This secretive and nocturnal feline was named after its short or bobbed tail. Bobcats are somewhat rare to see, but their call is one that most don't ever forget. It is often described as a woman screaming.

    Bobcats are aggressive hunters feeding on mostly small prey like rabbits and birds, but can also take down larger prey such as whitetail deer. 

  • Northern River Otter

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    Part of the weasel family, river otters are very playful and social. They can often be seen in pairs or small groups swimming in the Clarks River. 

    At dinner-time they aren't very picky! River Otters will eat crayfish, frogs, fish, mussels, mice, insects, and even worms. To help them in their hunt for food, the river otter can hold its breath for up to 8 minutes!

  • Eastern Stripped Skunk

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    Known for the black and white pattern on their fur and their ability to spray a musk, the Eastern striped skunk isn't hard to identify and isn't often loved. However, we don't need to write them off too quickly, skunks have been known to eat venomous snakes. Who might eat a skunk though? A Great-horned Owl would! They lack the sense of smell that other predatory animals have. 

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