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Adirondack Mammals

Of the 4,060 species of mammals that inhabit the world, fifty-three occur within the Adirondack Park. These mammals represent 7 orders and 17 families. Some species, like the opossum and striped skunk, are rare and occur mostly at the periphery of the Adirondacks. Other species, such as the white-tailed deer and short-tailed shrew, are common and well distributed throughout the Park.

Class - Mammalia

Order - Didelphimorphia (American marsupials)

Family - Didelphidae

Order - Soricomorpha

Family - Soricidae (Shrews)

Family - Talpidae (Moles)

Order - Lagomorpha (Hares, rabbits and pikas)

Family - Leporidae (Hares and rabbits)

Order Chiroptera (Bats)

Family - Vespertilionidae (Vesper bats)

Order - Carnivora (Carnivores)

Family - Canidae (Dogs)

Family - Felidae (Cats)

  • Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
  • Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis)

Family - Mephitidae (Skunks)

Family - Mustelidae (Mustelids)

Family - Procyonidae (Raccoons)

Family - Ursidae (Bears)

Order - Rodentia (Rodents)

Family - Castoridae (Beavers)

Family - Cricetidae (New World rats, mice, voles)

Family - Erethizontidae (New World Porcupines)

Family - Sciuridae (Squirrels)

Family - Zapodidae (Jumping mice)

Order - Artiodactyla (Even-toed ungulates)

Family - Cervidae (Deer)