List of Mammals Possibly Seen in California's Sierra Nevada Foothills east of Sacramento

The best way to get a handle on the mammals in your home area is to thumb through a good fieldguide with distribution maps for each species, and list the species the maps say appear in or very near your home. I happen to be in California's Sierra Nevada Foothills when I write these words, so below is a list of this area's mammals.

I've used the maps in Burt & Grossenheider's A Field Guide to the Mammals : North America North of Mexico. Many of the names are preceded by a "?." That indicates that on the maps my location was at the very edge of the area of distribution, so I just wasn't sure whether the species was found here or not. One problem is that I'm on the side of the Sierra Nevada mountains and many species may be found just a few miles away, either in the hot, desert conditions of the Central Valley below, or the cold, alpine conditions upslope, but never around my home.

Still, once I got the list together it was eye-opening. It helps me figure out which mammals to be looking for, and making the list was interesting. I hope you'll do the same for your own home area.

  • ?Opossum
  • ?Mount Lyell Shrew
  • Dusky Shrew
  • Trowbridge Shrew
  • ?Ornate Shrew
  • Northern Water Shrew
  • California Mole
  • Little Brown Myotis Bat
  • Fringed Myotis Bat
  • Long-eared Myotis Bat
  • California Myotis Bat
  • Yuma Myotis Bat
  • Long-legged Myotis Bat
  • Small-footed Myotis Bat
  • ?Silver-haired Bat
  • Western Pipistrel Bat
  • Red Bat
  • Big Brown Bat
  • Hoary Bat
  • ?Spotted Bat
  • Western Big-eared Bat
  • Pallid Bat
  • Mexican Freetail Bat
  • Black Bear
  • Raccoon
  • ?Ringtail
  • ?Fisher
  • ?Marten
  • Valley Pocket Gopher
  • ?Sierra Pocket Gopher
  • ?San Joaquin Pocket Mouse
  • ?Heermann Kangaroo Rat
  • Beaver
  • Western Harvest Mouse
  • California Mouse
  • Deer Mouse
  • Brush Mouse
  • Piñon Mouse
  • ?Bushytail Woodrat
  • Dusky-footed Woodrat
  • ?Mountain Phenacomys
  • Mountain Vole
  • California Vole
  • ?Longtail Vole
  • Western Jumping Mouse
  • Porcupine
  • ?Pica
  • ?Snowshoe Hare
  • ?Whitetail Jackrabbit
  • Blacktail Jackrabbit
  • ?Mountain Cottontail
  • ?Brush Rabbit
  • Mule Deer
  • Whitetail Deer
  • ?Shorttail Weasel
  • Longtail Weasel
  • Mink
  • River Otter
  • ?Wolverine
  • Badger
  • Spotted Skunk
  • Striped Skunk
  • Coyote
  • ?Kit Fox
  • Red Fox
  • Gray Fox
  • Mountain Lion
  • Bobcat
  • ?Aplodontia
  • ?Yellowbelly Marmot
  • California Ground Squirrel
  • ?Belding Ground Squirrel
  • ?Golden-mantled Squirrel
  • ?Least Chipmunk
  • ?Townsend Chipmunk
  • ?Yellow Pine Chipmunk
  • ?Merriam Chipmunk
  • ?Long-eared Chipmunk
  • ?Lodgepole Chipmunk
  • Western Gray Squirrel
  • Chickaree
  • Northern Flying Squirrel