Columbia Blacktail Deer
This deer is commonly found to the West of the Cascade mountains. They
are herbavores that feed on a wide variety of small bushes. They are medium
brown, with white patches on their throats and legs. When the males mature
they grow beautiful antlers. Deer in the Olympic National Park are quite
friendly. They are approachable because they have been protected for many
generations and have therefore they have never learned to fear humans.
Harlequin duck are amazingly strong swimmers. They live on rocky coastlines,
where they can dive for shellfish.. However, their main diets consist
mostly insects. They are typically anti-social with other species of birds.
In the past, their feathers have been used to adorn ladies' hats.
Cougars are usually a pale sand color and 4 to 5 feet in length. Cougars
in the Olympic National Park mainly prey on deer. It can take a cougar
10 to 14 days to eat one whole deer. What they cannot eat they will bury
underground and eat at a later date. You will always know if a cougar
is around when you stumble upon a buried deer.
Black Bears in the Olympic National Park are jet black with a tan nose.
Mammalogists say that bears are one of the most humanlike of animals in
terms of their similarity in their feet and diets to ours. Black bears
commonly prey on small mammals, insects, or larvae. An adult bear is able
to hunt any prey it prefers, but does not typically do so. Do not go off
hiking terrified of black bears, just be prepared!
Torrent Salamanders are commonly found in mountain creeks, or very close
to them. These salamanders are small, delicate, and very cute!
North-Western Garter Snake