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There are more than 40 species of bats[] in the United States, each with distinctive physical characteristics.
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Weighing an average of 40 pounds, Beavers are the largest rodents in North America. They are built to live in water with their thick fur, webbed feet, paddle-shaped tails, and ears and nostrils that close when they dive under water. Beavers also have strong, constantly growing incisor teeth that allow them to gnaw through wood. They are herbivores and prefer to eat leaves, bark, twigs, roots and aquatic plants. Although occasionally active during the day, Beavers are mostly nocturnal.
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Black Bears

Black Bears (Ursus americanus) are the most common and widely distributed bear in North America. Historically they ranged over most of the forested regions of North America but they currently reside in 38 states, approximately 62% of their historic range. In Washington the population is estimated to be between 25,000 and 30,000 individuals.


Historically, Bobcats (Lynx rufus, named for their short tail) could be found across the 48 contiguous United States, Canada and Mexico. However, due to agriculture expansion and hunting for their fur, populations declined and became restricted in the Midwest U.S. and Central Mexico. 
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Known in Native American lore as the "trickster," the coyote (Canis Latrans) has survived and thrived by being highly adaptable. Coyotes were once restricted to sagebrush lands, brushy mountains and open prairies of the American West but by taking advantage of the extirpation[[sitetree_link,id=]] of wolves and other human activities they were able to expand their range throughout North and Central America.
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Deer are a common sight throughout Washington State, although the kind of deer varies by region. On the west side of the Cascade Mountains the Columbian Black-tailed Deer is the dominant species. You can find Mule Deer and White-tailed Deer east of the Cascade crest, and the endangered Columbian White-tailed Deer are found in pockets of habitat along the lower Columbia River.
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Mice and Rats

The natural habitat of wild mice and rats includes forests and grasslands, and their range extends from sea level to high mountain elevations.
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Although moles are very common in Western Washington, they are rarely seen due to their subterranean lifestyle. But you usually know when they're around. As moles excavate and maintain their underground burrow systems, excess soil is pushed to the surface forming molehills.
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Mountain Beavers

The Mountain Beaver is not a mountain version of the Beaver who makes dams. They are different animals. Mountain Beavers are stocky burrowing mammals typically between 10 and 18 inches long and weighing from 1 to 3 pounds. Their fur is dark brown and they have rounded heads with small beady eyes and small ears. Their legs are short but strong and they have long, strong claws for digging on the front feet.
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The Virginia Opossum is the only marsupial (pouched mammal) native to North America. Also known simply as "possums," they originally lived only in the southeastern United States. Opossums were introduced to the West in 1890 and currently have established populations along the West Coast from British Columbia to San Diego.
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Washington State is home to several species of rabbits and hares. The species PAWS most commonly receive calls about are Eastern Cottontails and occasionally Snowshoe Hares.
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Historically found in forests, wetlands and along river and stream corridors the highly adaptable Raccoon has learned to thrive in close proximity to humans. Now you can find commonly Raccoons in suburbs and even busy cities.
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River Otters

North American River Otters (Lontra canadensis) were once found across most of North America and in all major waterways of the United States and Canada occupying one of the largest geographic areas of any North American mammal.
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There are two species of skunks in Washington State. The Spotted Skunk and the Striped Skunk.
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The most common tree squirrel in Western Washington is the non-native Eastern Gray Squirrel. Introduced into the Seattle area in the early 1900s, it has become well established in cities and suburbs.
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After a more than 70 year absence, Gray Wolves are returning to Washington State. This is an exciting time for conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts who value the role this keystone species plays in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), wolves were formerly common throughout much of the state, but as ranching and farming by European-American settlers expanded during the period between 1850 and 1900, the wolves were heavily trapped, poisoned and hunted. By the 1930’s, wolves had been eliminated as a breeding species in Washington.