Some of the animals that live in Colorado are pronghorn, elk, mule deer, mountain lions, black bears and big-horn sheep, according to LandScope. Colorado is also home to prairie dogs, which are tiny yet wide-ranging rodents.Continue Reading
Colorado hosts a wide array of species, including 750 species of vertebrate animals and tens of thousands of invertebrates, states LandScope. Pronghorn are the fastest land animals in North America, and they wander the prairies and sagebrush shrublands. Elk and mule deer dominate the mountain systems of Colorado, swiftly jumping over 6-foot-tall fences and escaping predators. Mountain lions usually feed on mule deer and young elk. The lynx is a rare and elusive species that lives in areas with abundant snowshoe hares. The fastest of all animals in Colorado is the big-horn sheep.
The prairie dog is considered one of the state's "keystone" species, and it is categorized as a nuisance species and a species of concern, explains LandScope. The Department of Agriculture explains that prairie dogs are listed as a nuisance species mainly because they create large colonies, dig burrows and consume the same forage as cattle. The Division of Wildlife classifies them as a species of concern as their populations have dwindled by more than 90 percent, and they are essential to the survival of many grassland species, such as ferruginous hawks and mountain plovers.Learn more about Zoology
Grasslands are habitats for grazing animals like buffalo, elk and whitetail deer in North America and zebra and antelope in Africa, where herds support predators like lions and cheetahs. Other large mammals living in the grasslands include the African wildebeest, giant anteater of South America and Przewalski's horse.Full Answer >
The Lewis and Clark expedition subsisted primarily on animals hunted during the journey, including deer, elk, bison, antelope, sheep, bear, beaver and otter. The expedition also consumed a variety of fowl, including geese, grouse and turkey. Along the way, they also purchased a number of dogs from Indian tribes that were used as food and subsisted off fish and other miscellaneous wildlife and scavenged vegetables.Full Answer >
Hunters must have an elk tag to hunt elk legally in Colorado. Hunters can choose to hunt elk during archery, muzzleloader or rifle seasons. The state sells over-the-counter licenses, leftover limited licenses and limited licenses for elk, depending on the hunter's desired game management unit.Full Answer >
Primary predators of the beaver include wolves, coyotes, mountain lions and black bears. Other animals that occasionally prey on beavers include foxes, wolverines, lynx, bobcats and alligators. Golden eagles and bald eagles sometimes attack beaver young.Full Answer >