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Animals of the Milk River Area


For Bird Checklist

Pronghorn. From postcard of Alberta. 
Photo by Frans Brouwers.

C - common (seen by many people)
U - uncommon (occasionally spotted by people)
R - rare (rarely seen by people)
H - hypothetical (found in the surrounding area but not recoreded in Writing-On-Stone Park)
E - extripated (no longer found in the Milk River area)

This checklist is adopted from the Fish, Amphibians, Repitles & Mammals pamphlet and from the Birds pamphlet of Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park.

Blotched tiger Salamander (U)
Ambystoma tigrinum melanostictum
Boreal Chorus Frog (U)
Pseudacris triseriata maculata
Northern Leopard Frog (R)
Rana pipiens
Plains Spadefoot Toad (R)
Scaphiopus bombifrons
Canadian Toad (H)
Bufo americanus hemiophrys
Great Plains Toad (H)
Bufo cognatus

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Northern Pike (R)
Esox lucius
Finescale Dace (R)
Chrosomus neogaeus
Lake Chub (C)
Couesius plumbeus
Brassy Minnow (U)
Hybognathus hankinsoni
Sauger (C)
Stizostedion canadense
Fathead Minnow (C)
Pimephales promelas
Flathead Chub (C)
Platygobio gracilis
Longnose Dace (C)
Rhinichthys cataractae
Longnose Sucker (C)
Catostomus catostomus
White Sucker (C)
Catostomus commersoni
Mountain Sucker (U)
Cataostomus platyrhynchus
Stonecat (U)
Notorus flavus

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Masked Shrew (H)
Sores Cinereus
Prairie Shrew (H)
Sorex haydeni
Dusky Shrew (H)
Sorex monticolus
Little Brown Bat (C)
Myotis lucifugis
Long-eared Bat (U)
Myotis evotis
Long-legged Bat (C)
Myotis volans
Western Small-footed Bat (U)
Myotis ciliolabrum
Big Brown Bat (R)
Eptesicus fuscus
Silver-haired Bat (R)
Lasionycterus noctivagans
Hoary Bat (U)
Lasiurus cinereus
Nuttall's Cottontail (C)
Sylvilagus nuttallii
White-tailed Prairie Hare (U)
Lepus towndendii
Yellow Bellied Marmot (C)
Marmota flaviventris
Richardson's Ground Squirrel (R)
Spermophilus richardsonii
Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel (R)
Spermophilus tridecemlineatus
Northern Pocket Gopher (U)
thomomys talpoides
Olive-backed Pocket Mouse (H)
Perognathus fasciatus
Beaver (C)
Castor canadensis
Western Harvest Mouse (H)
Reithrodontomys megalotis
Deer Mouse (C)
Peromyscus maniculatus
Northern Grasshopper Mouse (H)
Onychomys leucogaster
Bushy-tailed Wood Rat (C)
Neotoma cinera
Muskrat (U)
Ondatra zibethicus
Meadow Vole (C)
Microtus pennsylvanicus
Sagebrush Vole (H)
Lagurus curtatus
Long-tailed Vole (H)
Microtus longicaudus
House Mouse (H)
Mus musculus
Western Jumping Mouse (H)
Zapus pricepes
Porcupine (U)
Erethizon dorsatum
Coyote (U)
Canis latrans
Gray Wolf (E)
Canis lupus irremotus
Red Fox (H)
Vulpes vulpes
Swift Fox (H/E) 
Vulpes velox
Plains Grizzly Bear (E)
Ursus arctos
Racoon (U)
Procyon lotor
Long-tailed Weasel (R)
Mustela frenata
Mink (R)
Mustela vision
Badger (R)
Taxidea taxus
Striped Skunk (C)
Mephitis mephitis
Bobcat (R)
Lynx rufus
Mountain Lion (E)
Felis concolor
Mule Deer (C)
Odocoileus hemionus
White-tailed Deer (R)
Odocoileus virginanus
Elk (Wapiti) (R)
Cervus elaphus
Pronghorn (Antelope) (U)
Antilocarpra americana
Plains Bison (E)
Bison bison bison

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Western Painted Turtle (H)
Chrysemys picta belli
Eastern Short-horned Lizard (H)
Phrynosoma douglassi brevirostre
Wandering Garter Snake (R)
Thamnophis elegans vagrans
Plains Garter Snake (H)
Thamnophis radix
Bull Snake (U)
Pitophis melanoleucus sayi
Prairie Rattlesnake (C)
Crotalus viridis viridis

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Milk River Virtual Field Trip Home Page

Animal Diversity Web
Endangered Species of Alberta
Reptiles & Amphibians (by Cyberwall)
Sprucing up Wildlife Habitats
Wildlife (GORP)
Busy as a Beaver (GORP)

    For more information:
  • Cook, Francis R., 1984. Introduction to the Reptiles of Canada. Ottawa: National Museums of Canada, 200pp.
  • Spalding, David A.E., editor, 1980. A Nature Guide to Alberta. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 368pp.

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