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The Guide to Colorado Mammals“These mountain sheep - the state mammal and official symbol of Colorado Parks and Wildlife - embody the wild character of Colorado. They are named for the massive horns of the rams, which grow over successive seasons into a full curl that flares out from the head .”

from"Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep"


Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel

The golden-mantled ground squirrel is among the most familiar of mountain animals, scurrying around rocky slopes, turning up to beg at summer picnics and charming everyone with its cuteness and antics. It is often mistaken for a big chipmunk. The giveaway is the ack of stripes on the head. The ground squirrel's coloring is also more faded than the least chipmunk, its most likely neighbor. It eats seeds, wildflowers, green plants, fingi, and sometimes bird eggs and nestlings. Its den is hidden beneath a boulder or vegetation on a rocky slope, usually in or adjacent to open mountain forests.

from"Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel"

The Guide to Colorado Mammals
by Mary Taylor Young
Fulcrum, 2012


This guide offers identification and an overview of  128 species of mammals native to Colorado. Intended for casual hikers, outdoor recreationists, wildlife watchers and other non-professional readers, the book emphasizes unusual behaviors may be seen in the field.  

The Gray Fox, for instance, is famous for its tree-climbing - grasping the trunk of a tree with its front legs and scrabbling up with its hind feet in pursuit of prey. Nicknamed the "tree fox," it will sometimes be spotted resting on a tree limb.  



Fog Over Upper Mississippi River
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How to Watch Mammals

Wait for animals to find you by locating an area of likely animal activity and sitting quietly. Once you quiet down, animals may reemerge or pass through, giving you a chance to observe their natural behavior.

Wear earth-toned clothes, like gray, khaki, and olive green. They make you less obvious and more a part of the environment. Most mammals do not see color well, but they are veryt good at seeing contrasts. Except in snow, white stands out like a giant warning flag.

Stay in your car and use it as a viewing blind. The large, blocky shape of a vehicle is not as threatening to an animal as the shape of a human. Wildlife may gradually move near and around your vehicle, giving you an unparalleled look at them.


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