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Carnivores In Pennsylvania. By Kevin Moran. Reach breeding maturity at around 3 to 4 years old Gestation period is 7 to 8 months Two to three cubs at birth are more common than single births. Black Bears ( Ursus americanus ) . Fox’s. Two kinds can be found in PA Red Fox Grey Fox.

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CarnivoresInPennsylvania

By

Kevin Moran


Black bears ursus americanus l.jpg

Reach breeding maturity at around 3 to 4 years old

Gestation period is 7 to 8 months

Two to three cubs at birth are more common than single births.

Black Bears (Ursus americanus)


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Fox’s

Two kinds can be found in PA

  • Red Fox

  • Grey Fox


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Largest species with the genus Vulpes

Can be described as being mostly red with a white belly but can be silver or black as well.

Has gold colored eyes which helps it hunt at night

Can reach a weight of 6 to 15 pounds

Diets consist of mostly moles and rabbits with the occasional deer fawn

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)


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Is from a different genus than the red fox

Can scurry up and down trees for food

color consists of pepper brown back and white smudge around its nose; tawny sides, neck, and legs; a white belly; and a black stripe along its back and tail

Diet consists mostly of rabbits and small mammals

Breed around February

Grey Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)


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Color of pelts can vary from all colors

Can grow 30 to 40 inches in length

Weigh from 15 to 46 pounds

Unlike wolves, coyotes have sweat glands on their paws.

Coyote (Canis latrans)


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The coat is a mixture of gray, brown, and black fur

On rare occasions, can be albino

Most susceptible wild animal to rabies

Raccoon(Procyon lotor)


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Very aggressive carnivores for their size

Eat anything they can get their paws on

Ermine(Mustela erminea)


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Breeding can occur several times a year

Very aggressive

Always looking for a fight

Weasel(Mustela nivalis)


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Usually solitary

Live around streams

Diet consists mainly of fish and crayfish

Mink(Mustela vison)


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Spotted Skunk

(Spilogale putorius)

Striped Skunk

(Mephitis mephitis)

Skunks


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Found in a variety of aquatic habitats

Diet consists mostly of fish and shellfish

Otter(Lontra canadensis)


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Diet varies from moles to whitetail deer

Has no known predators in PA

Can grow to extreme sizes

Extremely aggressive

Very territorial

Bobcat(Lynx rufus)


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Males are about twice the size as females

Solitary hunters

Threatened species in PA

Fisher(Martes pennanti)


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Is a fossorial carnivore

Preys on ground mammals

Litters are generally small 1-5 on average

Badger(Taxidea taxus)


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Stalk and ambush predator

Prefers larger mammals

Litter consists of 1-6 kittens with a survival rate of just one per litter

Mountain Lion(Puma concolor)


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Is not found in Pa no but previously was

Inhabit high altitude forests

Have pointy ears

Resemble a bobcat

Lynx(Felis lynx)