Years of conservation practices has made our ranch a haven for an abundance of wildlife including deer, elk, bear, cougar, coyotes, raccoons, beaver, bobcats, eagles and an extensive list of birds.

The deer frequent the lawns at the cabins and elk can be seen in the woodlands and pastures. Many of the other wildlife can be spotted during a walk but are much more elusive. Bear and cougar may leave behind signs that they have been around but are rarely seen.


Coyote

  • Carnivore, primary diet is small animals like mice
  • They communicate with yips and yowls from pack to pack
  • Territorial, family groups
  • Versatile survivors, will eat  berries, fruit, insects, grains

Deer

  • Thought to be a variation of the mule deer
  • Raise their tail to signal danger exposing white flag
  • Herbivores, browsers
  • Mothers and fawns group together, bucks are solitary

Cougar

  • Solitary animals,  rarely seen
  • Largest North American cat
  • Give birth to 2-3 cubs 
  • They place their back feet in the prints of their front feet
  • Carnivores, prey mostly on deer

Elk

  • Member of the deer family
  • Only males have antlers
  • Cows will have 1-2 calves per year
  • Bulls fight during mating season to determine  who will be head bull of a harem

Black Bear

  • Healthy appetites
  • Omnivore diet consists of grasses, roots, berries, fruits, fish, occasionally larger prey
  • Males are danger to cubs, mothers protect them up to 2 years, teaching survival

Beaver

  • Herbivore, mainly nocturnal
  • 2nd largest rodent in the world
  • Front teeth never stop growing, poor eyesight
  • Lodge has 2 dens inside
  • Good hearing, small, touch

Raccoon

  • "The masked bandit"
  • Front paws are much like hands for high dexterity
  • They wash their food before eating it
  • Great tree climbers, raise their young in nest hole

Bobcat

  • Named after bobbed tail
  • Diet consists of rabbits, birds, mice and squirrels but they can kill prey much larger than themselves
  • Deadly blow by leaping 10 ft. or more in a  pounce
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