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Mammals of Jokers Hill

Updated: August 11, 2020

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King Township, Regional Municipality of York

C.S. Blaney and Peter M. Kotanen*

*Correspondence author:
Department of Biology
University of Toronto, Mississauga
e-mail: peter.kotanen@utoronto.ca

The following list includes all wild mammals observed by property manager William Fox (1971-1998), Sean Blaney (1997-1999), and Peter Kotanen (1997-present), with additional contributions from Mark Engstrom (Royal Ontario Museum) and Marc Johnson (University of Guelph). Monika Havelka (University of Toronto) added several new species in 2004, using live traps and a bat detector. Beaver appeared in 2009, initially in the east side pond. River Otter was added in 2016 on the basis of tracks and slide marks. Opossum was added in 2017 after detection by a camera trap. See Blaney (1999) for details (Seed Bank Dynamics of Native and Exotic Plants in Open Uplands of Southern Ontario. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Toronto, Department of Botany).

Scientific NameCommon Name
DIDELPHIMORPHIA Opossums
Didelphis virginianaVirginia Opossum
INSECTIVORAShrews and Moles
Sorex cinereusMasked Shrew
Sorex hoyi Pygmy Shrew
Blarina brevicauda Short-tailed Shrew
Condylura cristata Star-nosed Mole
CHIROPTERA Bats
Eptesicus fuscus Big Brown Bat
Myotis lucifugus Little Brown Bat
LAGOMORPHA Rabbits and Hares
Sylvilagus floridana Eastern Cottontail
Lepus europaeus European Hare
RODENTIA Rodents
Tamias striatusEastern Chipmunk
Marmota monaxWoodchuck
Sciurus carolinensisGray Squirrel
Tamiasciurus hudsonicusRed Squirrel
Glaucomys sp.Flying Squirrel sp.
Castor canadensisBeaver
Peromyscus leucopusWhite-footed Mouse
Microtus pennsylvanicusMeadow Vole
Ondatra zibethicusMuskrat
Rattus norvegicusNorway Rat
Mus musculusHouse Mouse
Napeozapus insignisWoodland Jumping Mouse
Zapus hudsoniusMeadow Jumping Mouse
Erithizon dorsatumPorcupine
CARNIVORA Carnivores
Canis latransCoyote
Vulpes vulpesRed Fox
Procyon lotorRaccoon
Mustela erminaErmine
Mustela visonMink
Mephitis mephitisStriped Skunk
Lontra canadensisNorthern River Otter
ARTIODACTYLA Deer
Odocoileus virginianusWhite-tailed Deer

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