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Mammals that you have seen in the wild

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by Tiger, 17 Nov 2021.

  1. Tiger

    Tiger Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if there is already a thread for this, but I couldn't find one (actually, I find it odd that there isn't one). I know a lot of people here have seen a lot of animals in the wild, and don't remember all of them, but lists about mammals you've seen in the wild are shorter and and are better able to keep up.
    With me, so far it's the following species:
    - Fallow deer (Dama dama)
    - Eastern atlantic harbor seal (Phoca vitulina vitulina)
    - Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)
    - European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
    - Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus)
    - West European house mouse (Mus musculus domesticus)
    - West European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)
    As you can see, not an impressive list at all. My list of birds, however, would be much more impressive, or at least I think so:p. I have already heard stories here on Zoochat of individuals who have seen wild moose, white-tailed deer, wapitis, and hippos, and relatives of me have seen bears and reindeers, so yes, my list doesn't amount to much:D. I would say go ahead:).
     
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  2. Jambi

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    Don't worry at all that your list isn't "impressive", you've been lucky enough to see rare species in their natural habitat, that's great in and of itself.

    As for me, I've seen all of the mammals you've listed except the harbour seal and the fallow deer (I've seen a deer, but I have no idea what specific species it was). I've also seen wild moles (Talpa Europaea), least weasels (Mustela Nivalis) and at least one species of bat, I'm not sure but I think they were pipistrelles (Pipistrellus Pipistrellus)
     
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  3. Tiger

    Tiger Well-Known Member

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    Well... if it had dots it was probably a fallow deer.
    Now that you mention it I've seen bats too. I have no idea which species it was and figuring out which species it was is rather difficult with the many species that are found in my country (Belgium):confused:.
     
  4. Kakapo

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    I think Giant Eland, Chlidonias and other very-experienced and very-travelling wildlife watchers would put here unbeatable lists.
    My list will be infinitely more modest than these but there is it anyway:

    *domestic animals included as long as they're free ranging in a wild space without any closure and with no near vigilance, marked with asterisk. Escapes of exotic animals are also included under asterisk.

    Bos taurus*
    Bubalus bubalis*
    Capra hircus*
    Capra pyrenaica
    Capreolus capreolus
    Cervus elaphus
    (subspecies hispanicus)
    Ovis aries*
    Rupicapra rupicapra (subspecies pyrenaica)
    Sus scrofa (subspecies castilianus)
    Canis lupus (subspecies domesticus)*
    Felis catus*
    Mustela nivalis
    Phoca vitulina
    (subspecies richardsi)
    Vulpes vulpes (subspecies silacea)
    Zalophus californianus
    Delphinus delphis
    Grampus griseus
    Tadarida teniotis
    Eptesicus serotinus
    Myotis myotis
    Pipistrellus pipistrellus
    Plecotus austriacus
    Rhinolophus hipposideros
    Crocidura russula
    Lepus europaeus
    Lepus granatensis
    Oryctolagus cuniculus
    Sylvilagus audubonii
    Sylvilagus floridanus
    Equus asinus*
    Equus caballus*
    Homo sapiens
    Macaca mulatta
    Apodemus agrarius
    Arvicola sapidus
    Callosciurus erythraeus
    (subspecies taiwanensis)
    Chionomys nivalis
    Marmota marmota
    Mus musculus
    Rattus norvegicus
    Sciurus carolinensis
    Sciurus niger
    Sciurus vulgaris
    Spermophilus beecheyi
    Tamias striatus

    If we count roadkilled remains, then I can add Meles meles, Martes foina, Erinaceus europaeus. I we can add tracks and poops, then Meles meles, Lutra lutra and Martes foina
     
  5. Jambi

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    No, it didn't have any spots. It may have been a red deer, but I can't say for sure. I've just remembered another mammal I've seen in the wild since my last post: grey squirrels (Sciurus Carolinensis).
     
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  6. Tiger

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    Well, so do i:p.
    If I count roadkill or mammals shot by hunters I already have seen a red fox (Vulpes vulpes) too.
     
  7. Westcoastperson

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    • Common Dolphin
    • Bottlenose Dolphin
    • Orca
    • Grey Whale
    • Fin Whale
    • Humpback Whale
    • Harbor Seal
    • California Sea Lion
    • Bison
    • Channel Island Fox
    • Grey Squirrel
    • Golden Squirrel
    • Mule Deer
    • Coyote
    • Cottontail rabbit
    • Tamandua
    • Paca
    • Squirrel Monkey
    • Howler Monkey
    • Capuchin Monkey
    • Brocket Deer
    I feel like there are more but I can’t figure them out right now.
     
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  8. birdsandbats

    birdsandbats Well-Known Member 5+ year member

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    Here's my mammal life list:


    Total: 49 species

    Opossums (Family Didelphimorpha)
    -Virginia Opossum Didelphis virginiana


    New World Porcupines (Family Erethizontidae)
    -North American Porcupine Erethizon dorsatum


    Beavers (Family Castoridae)
    -American Beaver Castor canadensis


    Squirrels (Family Sciuridae)
    -Woodchuck Marmota monax
    -Rock Squirrel Otospermophilus variegatus
    -Harris’s Antelope Squirrel Ammospermophilus harrisii
    -Round-tailed Ground Squirrel Xerospermophilus tereticaudus
    -Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel Ictidomys tridecemlineatus
    -Franklin’s Ground Squirrel Poliocitellus franklinii
    -Eastern Chipmunk Tamias striatus
    -Cliff Chipmunk Neotamias dorsalis
    -Arizona Gray Squirrel Sciurus arizonensis
    -Eastern Gray Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis
    -Eastern Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger
    -American Red Squirrel Tamiasciurus hudsonicus
    -Southern Flying Squirrel Glaucomys volans
    -Black-tailed Prairie Dog Cynomys ludovicianus

    Pocket Gophers (Family Geomyidae)
    -Botta’s Pocket Gopher Thomomys bottae


    Old World Mice and Rats (Family Muridae)
    -House Mouse Mus musculus


    New World Mice and Rats (Family Cricetidae)
    -North American Deer Mouse Peromyscus maniculatus
    -Arizona Packrat Neotoma albigula
    -Southern Red-backed Vole Myodes gapperi
    -Meadow Vole Microtus pennsylvanicus
    -Common Muskrat Ondatra zibethicus


    Rabbits and Hares (Family Leporidae)
    -Desert Cottontail Sylvilagus audubonii
    -Eastern Cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus
    -Snowshoe Hare Lepus americanus


    Shrews (Family Sorcidae)
    -Northern Short-tailed Shrew Blarina brevicauda


    Vesper Bats (Family Vespertilionidae)
    -Little Brown Bat Myotis lucifugus
    -Eastern Red Bat Lasiurus borealis
    -Hoary Bat Lasiurus cinereus


    Deer (Family Cervidae)
    -White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus
    -Mule Deer Odocoileus hemionus
    -American Elk Cervus canadensis

    Peccaries (Family Tayassuidae)
    -Javelina Pecari tajacu


    Pronghorn (Family Antilocapridae)
    -Pronghorn Antilocapra americana


    Cats (Family Felidae)
    -Bobcat Lynx rufus
    -Feral Cat Felis catus


    Canines (Family Canidae)
    -Coyote Canis latrans
    -Red Fox Vulpes vulpes


    Bears (Family Ursidae)
    -American Black Bear Ursus americanus


    Raccoons (Family Procyonidae)
    -Northern Raccoon Procyon lotor
    -White-nosed Coati Nasua narica


    Skunks (Family Mephitidae)
    -Hooded Skunk Mephitis macroura
    -Striped Skunk Mephitis mephitis


    Mustelids (Family Mustelidae)
    -Least Weasel Mustela nivalis
    -American Mink Neovison vison
    -Fisher Pekania pennanti
    -North American River Otter Lontra canadensis
     
  9. Mr. Zootycoon

    Mr. Zootycoon Well-Known Member 5+ year member

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    I think this thread may belong in the "wildlife and nature conservation" section. Nonetheless, there's my list so far.

    Rodents
    - Woud Mouse, Apodemys sylvaticus
    - House Mouse, Mus musculus
    - Harvest Mouse, Micromys minutus
    - Brown Rat, Rattus rattus
    - Common Vole, Microtus arvalis
    - Bank Vole, Microtus glareolus
    - Eastern Grey Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis
    - Red Squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris
    - Alpine Marmot, Marmota marmota
    - Edible Dormouse, Glis glis
    - Eurasian Beaver, Castor fiber

    Lagomorphs
    - European Rabbit, Oryctolagus cunniculus
    - European Brown Hare, Lepus europaeus

    Insectivores
    - European Mole, Talpa europaea
    - Western European Hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus

    Bats
    - Common Pipistrelle, Pipistrellus pipistrellus
    - Common Noctule, Nyctalus noctula
    - Daubenton's Bat, Myotis daubentonii
    - Brown Long-eared Bat, Plectus auritus
    - Serotine Bat, Eptesicus serotinus

    Carnivores
    - Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes
    - Least Weasel, Mustela nivalis
    - Beech Marten, Martes foina
    - Harbour Seal, Phoca vitulina
    - Grey Seal, Halichoerus grypus

    Even-toed Ungulates
    - Wild Boar, Sus scrofa
    - Roe Deer, Capreolus capreolus
    - European Fallow Deer, Dama dama
    - Red Deer, Cervus elaphus
    - European Mouflon, Ovis orientalis
    - Pyrenean Chamois, Rupicapra pyrenaica
    - Alpine Chamois, Rupicapra rupicapra
    - Spanish Ibex, Capra pyrenaica

    Given that I've hardly done any "serious" wildlife watching outside western Europe and I'm not particularly fond of live-trapping just for the sake of seeing the animal, my list was never going to be that large. Favorites among these are undoubtedly both species of chamois, ibex, weasel, dormouse, beaver and harvest mouse.
     
  10. Tiger

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    Yes, now that you mention it, perhaps this thread belongs better in the wildlife and nature conservation section:confused:.
     
  11. Strix

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    Never really been out wildlife watching, but here’s my list:

    All seen in UK except white-breasted hedgehog

    Brown Rat
    House Mouse
    Eastern Grey Squirrel
    European Rabbit
    Brown Hare
    Western European Hedgehog
    Southern/Northern White-Breasted Hedgehog (not sure which)
    Common Pipistrelle
    Red Fox
    Grey Seal
    Harbour Seal
    Fallow Deer
    Red Deer
     
  12. Jambi

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    A few years ago, some kind of cetacean beached itself along a coastline near my home town. It was on a rocky beach far from any towns or houses, but there's a train that runs along the coastline and you could see the body if you looked down at the right moment from the window of the train. It got into the newspapers about a day later, and the coast guard team sent in to get rid of the body identified it as a Cuiver's beaked whale (Ziphius Cavirostris). This is unfortunately the only time I've ever seen a cetacean in any capacity, and it was a shock to see the poor thing while I was on that train.
     
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  13. Pantheraman

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    I've seen...

    1. White-Tailed Deer
    2. Wild Turkey
    3. Elk
    4. Coyote
    5. Red Fox
    6. Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
    7. Gray Squirrel
    8. Red Squirrel
    9. Chipmunk
    10. Groundhog
    11. Several songbirds (blue jay, American robin, sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, etc)
    12. Red-Tailed Hawk
    13. Turkey Vulture
    14. Bald Eagle
    15. Garter Snake
    16. Common Snapping Turtle
    17. Painted Turtle
    18. Bullfrog
    19. Toads
    20. Ring-Necked Pheasant
    21. Mallard Duck
    22. Trumpeter Swan
    23. Green Heron
    24. Great Blue Heron
    25. Double-Crested Cormorant
    26. Virginia Oppossum
    27. Northern Raccoon
    28. Bluegill
    29. Little Brown Bat
    30. Striped Skunk
     
  14. Tiger

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    I'm pretty sure some on this list are not mammals;), but still nice list.
     
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    I read the thread title wrong.
     
  16. Tiger

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    Doesn't matter;).
     
  17. Tiger

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    To add to this list, I also have seen a wild European mouflon (Ovis orientalis musimon).
    I've also seen bats in my garden many times. I even think that I have seen 1 on the ground ((it was dark so I couldn't see it very well, but it did fly like a bat). I once read somewhere that some bat species sometimes go sit on the ground, but I can't find anything more about this, maybe someone here with more sense and knowledge of bats knows which species this was.
     
  18. Dhole dude

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    I’ve seen…

    1) Eastern Gray Squirrel
    2) American Red Squirrel
    3) Eastern Chipmunk
    4) Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel
    5) Eastern Meadow Vole
    6) House Mouse
    7) Muskrat
    8) American Beaver
    9) Woodchuck
    10) Eastern Cottontail
    11) American Mink (maybe?)
    12) North American River Otter
    13) White-Tailed Deer
    14) Mule Deer
    15) Red Fox
    16) Coyote
    17) Northern Raccoon
    18) California Sea Lion
    19) Harbor Seal
    20) Gray Seal
    21) Minke Whale
    22) Humpback Whale
    23) Fin Whale

    Virginia Opossum & Striped Skunk have lived/live in my backyard, but I have yet to see either in the wild as of yet :(.
     
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  19. Mr.Ivory

    Mr.Ivory Well-Known Member

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    I've seen

    1.) White-Tailed Deer
    2.) American Black Bear
    3.) Virginia Oppossum
    4.) Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
    5.) Chipmunk
    6.) Gray Squirrel
    7.) Brown Rat
    8.) Red Squirrel
    9.) Red Fox
    10.) Coyote
     
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    One more I forgot about
    24) Little Brown Bat