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Deniz Martinez shares local eco events and learning locations, as well as ideas and inspiration for keeping our kids connected to the nature in the 21st Century.

PA Mammals

Written by Deniz Martinez, Community blogger | May 20, 2012 3:33 AM

Q: How many wild mammals can be found in Pennsylvania?

A: According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, there are 66 mammals that can be found in our state. (However, "the list of recognized species includes some that are relatively scarce and a few with ranges that extend marginally into Pennsylvania.")

Below is the complete list of 66 mammals; how many have you seen in your backyard? Somewhere else in the wild? In a zoo?


Allegheny woodrat (Neotoma magister)

Appalachian cottontail (Sylvilagus obscurus)

Beaver (Castor canadensis)

Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus)

Black bear (Ursus americanus)

Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Coyote (Canis latrans)

Deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus)

Eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

Eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

Eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus)

Elk (Cervus elaphus)

Ermine or Short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea)

Evening bat (Nycticeius humeralis)

Feral Swine (Sus scrofa)

Fisher (Martes pennanti)

Fox squirrel (Sciurus niger)

Gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)

Gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Hairy-tailed mole (Parascalops breweri)

Hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus)

House mouse (Mus musculus)

Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis)

Least shrew (Cryptotis parva)

Least weasel (Mustela nivalis)

Little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus)

Long-tailed or Rock shrew (Sorex dispar)

Long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata)

Maryland shrew (Sorex fontinalis)

Masked shrew (Sorex cinereus)

Meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius)

Meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus)

Mink (Mustela vison)

Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)

Northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus)

Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis)

Northern short-tailed shrew (Blarina brevicauda)

Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus)

Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)

Pine or woodland vole (Microtus pinetorum)

Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum)

Pygmy shrew (Sorex hoyi)

Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Red bat (Lasiurus borealis)

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

Red-backed vole (Clethrionomys gapperi)

River otter (Lutra canadensis)

Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus)

Silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)

Small-footed bat (Myotis leibii)

Smoky shrew (Sorex fumeus)

Snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus)

Southern bog lemming (Synaptomys cooperi)

Southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans)

Spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius)

Star-nosed mole (Condylura cristata)

Striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

Thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus)

Tri-colored bat (Perimyotis subflavus)

Water shrew (Sorex palustris)

White-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus)

White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

Woodchuck or Groundhog (Marmota monax)

Woodland jumping mouse (Napaeozapus insignis)

Yellow-nosed vole (Microtus chrotorrhinus)

Published in Nurturing Nature: Connecting Children to Nature in Central PA and Beyond

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