Animals that make their home in deciduous forests include white-tailed deer, bobcats, black bears, lynx and coyotes. The deciduous forest environment also provides a habitat for smaller creatures, such as owls, skunks, woodpeckers, raccoons and porcupines.
Large tracks of deciduous forests cover the eastern side of North America, much of Europe, parts of eastern Asia and select regions in Australia, New Zealand and South America. Creatures that live in deciduous forests adapt themselves to its mild environment. Deciduous forests inhabit the temperate regions of the world and are much cooler than tropical rain forests, but they are not as cold as the coniferous forests of the far north. Temperate forests change with the season.
White-tailed deer are one of the most common large mammals in the deciduous forests of eastern North America. These creatures are most active during dawn and dusk, and they forage around the forest for such items as acorns, grass and twigs.
Predators that inhabit deciduous forests include bobcats, lynx and coyotes. Bobcats and lynx share many similar physical characteristics and both hunt for rabbits, hares and other small forest dwellers. The black bear and the raccoon are both omnivores and so take advantage of both the vegetable and animal offerings that the forest supplies.