Category: Mammals

Managing for Deer and Elk on Small Woodlands

Both deer and elk play important roles in the ecology and culture of the Pacific Northwest. These iconic animals can provide both substantial benefits to woodland owners through viewing and hunting, but can also be considered pest due to the damage they are known to cause. There are many pressures on habitat for these species. [Continue]

Beaver, Muskrat, and Nutria on Small Woodlands

Three semi-aquatic rodents distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest are the beaver (Castor canadensis), muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), and nutria (Myocastor coypus). Each can easily be identified in hand, but it can be difficult to tell them apart in their aquatic habitats. All three species have lips that close behind their large incisor teeth. This allows the [Continue]