Grizzly Bear - Extinct in California

California's wildlife populations range from plentiful to endangered. Placer and Nevada Counties, due to high pecentage of National Forest, has a large area of habitat for wildlife populations. The California State Animal, the Grizzly Bear, is extinct in this state, but not in others. I have provided links to pages to almost all of the species. Highlighted scientific name links to species descriptions. Highlighted common name links to photographs. Most links are to government pages and to universities, and a list is at the end of the page. There are also other link to wildlife pages of interest. The following is a guide to the species of this area. The links provided are to other web pages and to return to this site you must use your back button on your browser.


Latin Name -Common Name

Didelphis virginiana -Virginia opossum

Sorex lyelli - Mt. Lyell shrew
Sorex monticolus - Mt. Lyell shrew
Sorex merriami - Merriam's shrew
Sorex monticolus - Dusky shrew
Sorex ornatus - Ornate shrew
Sorex palustris -Northern water shrew
Sorex trowbridgii -Trowbridge's shrew
Sorex vagrans -Vagrant shrew

Scapanus latimanus -Broad-footed mole

Antrozous pallidus- Pallid bat
Eptesicus fuscus - Big brown bat
Euderma maculatum- Spotted bat
Lasionycteris noctivagans- Silver-haired bat
Lasiurus cinereus - Hoary bat
Myotis californicus- California myotis
Myotis ciliolabrum - Western small-footed bat
Myotis evotis - Long-eared myotis
Myotis lucifugus - Little brown bat
Lasiurus borealis - Red Bat
Myotis leibii - Small-footed myotis
Myotis thysanodes - Fringed myotis
Myotis volans - Long-legged myotis
Myotis yumanesis -Yuma myotis
Pipistrellus hesperus - Western Pipistrelle
Plecotus townsendii - Townsend's Big-eared Bat
Tadarda brasiliensis - Brazilian Free-tailed Bat

Canis latrans - Coyote
Vulpes vulpes -Red fox
Urocyon cinereoargenteus -Gray fox

Ursus americanus - Black bear
Ursus arctos - Grizzley or Brown Bear - California State mammal (extinct from state)

Bassariscus astutus - Ringtail
Procyon lotor- Racoon eating a fish - The World Wide Racoon Page - putting Procyon lotor online

Martes americana -Marten -The Pine Martin
Martes pennanti - Fisher
Mustela erminea - Ermine -Lore
Mustela frenata -Long-tailed weasel
Mustela vison - Mink
Gulo gulo - Wolverine
Taxidea taxus -Badger
Mephitis mephitis - Striped skunk
Spilogale putorius - Spotted skunk
Lutra canadenensis - River Otter

Felis concolor - Mountain lion
Lynx rufus -Bobcat


Odocoileus hemionus -Mule deer
Cervus elaphus - elk - at present the elk populations are being established in other sections of the state

Antilocapra americana - Pronghorn

Sus scrofa - Wild Pig

Aplodontia rufa - Mountain beaver

Golden Mantle Ground Squirrel
Glaucomys sabrinus -Northern flying squirrel
Marmota flaviventris - Yellow-bellied marmot
Sciurus griseus - Western gray squirrel
Spermophilus beldingi - Belding's ground squirrel
Spermophilus beecheyi- California Ground Squirrel
Spermophilus lateralis -Golden-mantled ground squirrel
Tamias amoenus - Yellow-pine chipmunk
Tamias minimus -Least chipmunk
Tamias quadrimaculatus - Long-eared chipmunk
Tamias senex - Allen's chipmunk
Tamias speciosus -Lodgepole chipmunk
Tamias townsendii -Townsend's chipmunk
Tamiasciurus douglasii - Douglas' squirrel

Thomomys monticola - Mountain pocket gopher
Thomomys bottae - Botta's pocket gopher
Thomomys talpoides - Northern pocket gopher

Perognathus californicus - California pocket mouse
Microdipodops megacephalus- Dark Kangaroo Mouse
Dipodomys ordii - Ord's Kangaroo Rat
Dipodomys californicus - California Kangaroo Rat
Dipodomys panamintinus- Panamint Kangaroo Rat


Castor canadensis - Beaver


Neotoma cinerea -Bushy-tailed woodrat
Peromyscus maniculatus - Deer mouse

Microtus californicus - California Vole
Rattus rattus - Black Rat
Rattus norvegicus - Norway Rat
Mus musculus - House Mouse
Phenacomys intermedius - Heather vole
Microtus longicaudus -Long-tailed vole
Microtus montanus -Montane vole
Ondatra zibethicus -Muskrat

Zapus princeps - Western jumping mouse

Reithrodontomys megalotis - Western Harvest mouse
Peromyscus maniculatus - Deer mouse

Peromyscus boylii - Brush mouse
Peromyscus truei - Pinyon mouse
Onychomys leucogaster -Northern Grasshopper mouse
Neotoma fuscipes - Dusky-footed Woodrat
Neotoma cinerea - Bushy-tailed Woodrat

Erethizon dorsatum -Porcupine

Ochotona princeps - Pika

Lepus americanus - Snowshoe hare
Lepus townsendii - White-tailed Hare
Lepus californicus - Black-tailed jack rabbit
Sylvilagus audubonii - Desert Cottontail
Sylvilagus bachmani - Brush Rabbit
Sylvilagus nuttallii -Nuttall's cottontail

It cannot be stressed enough that keeping wild animals is against the law in the state of California People keeping these animals have the appropriate documentation and permits from the Department of Fish and Game. Dawn Simas, Wild about Cats, provides some insight into the requirements for keeping exotic pets. Due to the high incidence of rabies in the state, some species are not allowed at all, yet these species are kept in other states as pets. In particular, skunks and bats are the primary carriers of rabies, which if contracted by humans, can be fatal.
Links of Interest

Bats - California Dept. of Fish and Game

University of New Mexico Ball Call

The Boomer Wolf -

California Mountain Lion Page - California Wildlife Protection Coalition

California Department of Fish and Game - Home page for the Bay Delta and contains many links including a Photographic Gallery of many wildlife and bird species.

Website on Biodiversity

Guide to Colorado Mammals

The Cub Den - Bears

The Scarry Squirrel World

Desert Moon's Wolves on the Web -

Nebraska Wildlife

Mammals of the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge - Great links- University of New Mexico

The Marmot Burrow- links to marmots all over the world

National Wild Horse and Burro Program -

Skunk and Opossum Page - It is not legal to keep these as pets in California (Rabies) - but is a very interesting site

The Squirrel Page - links to everything Squirrel

Whitetailes on the Web -

Carnivores - Searchable data base through U. C Berkeley

Rodents - Searchable data base through U. C. Berkeley

Wild About Cats - Big cat rescue group located in Auburn

Question or comments
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Original Information Source: NPFauna database - Supplemented by "California Wildlife - Mammals" California Dept. of Fish and Game For further information, contact:
National Park Service and Dr. James F. Quinn
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