Massif des monts Sutton BioKit: mammals
The Fisher, an Amazing Predator!
This member of the weasel family is the region's greatest hunter. It roams the forest day and night in all seasons. It is known as one of the few predators brave and agile enough to hunt porcupines. As a result, its head, neck and chest end up covered in quills!
If you were a fisher, what would you find to eat?
- one snowshoe hare or two squirrels
- 60 mice
- one porcupine
The Bobcat and Its Prey
The bobcat will eat any of the small mammals in the forest including the snowshoe hare. Interesting fact: The snowshoe hare and the bobcat both have long, powerful hindlegs that enable them to
run quickly in the snow. Who will win the race?
How Eastern Chipmunks "Chatter"
Stop for a minute and be silent. Do you hear chipmunks or other animals?
Detective for a Day
Follow the traces left behind... Most animals are discreet or nocturnal, but they leave many traces behind them.
Like a detective, observe closely to spot signs of their presence. No need to go very far -- animals also use these trails when there are few hikers out.
Check the signs you noticed during your outing:
- Animal footprints in the mud or snow
- Branch browsed by a deer or moose, or nibbled by a hare or porcupine
- Bark stripped off by a deer or moose
- Claw marks on a tree
- Squirrel's or bird's nest in a tree or woodpecker hole
- Other (hole in the ground, eggs, fur, bones, deer or moose antlers, quills, calls or smells)
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