Wildlife

There is plenty of wildlife to see while traveling through North Dakota.

There are red foxes throughout the north eastern part of North Dakota.
     
Red foxes were plentiful in North Dakota until recent years when the species developed mange which made many foxes die. However, the red foxes are coming back, and you can catch a glimpse of them throughout the countryside.

 

 

Owls are also plentiful throughout North Dakota. Below you will see horn owls.

 

Wild turkeys are also around in North Dakota. There is a hunting season for wild turkeys, however nonresidents are not allowed to participate in the season.

 

A major predator that has grown throughout North Dakota is the coyote. This animal may look like a wolf, however it is smaller weighing between 15 to 45 pounds. They also stand between two to three feet tall.

Coyotes are becoming a problem in North Dakota. There is starting to be too many coyotes around and they kill waterfowl, deer, and also take beef calves. Residents of North Dakota and nonresidents are allowed to hunt coyotes year around. However, anyone shooting a coyote must adhere to N.D. Hunting Regulations.

 

 

Another growing problem arising in North Dakota is the presence of wolves.
 

The North Dakota Fish and Wildlife do not recognize that these animals live in North Dakota, but they are here to stay. There are a growing number of wolves in the north eastern part of North Dakota.

 

They are killing deer, waterfowl, upland game, and domestic animals.

It is illegal to shoot a wolf in North Dakota.

 

Finally, a new threat has started to appear in North Dakota. Mountain Lions are moving in. Last year three horses were reported to be attacked by mountain lions in North Dakota. We even had one of our horses attacked by a mountain lion.
 
Like the grey wolf, the Game and Fish will not recognize that this predator is living in North Dakota.

 

Moose can be found in the Northern and Eastern part of North Dakota. These may seem like clumsy animals, however they can swim up to speeds of nine miles an hour and dive 25 feet underwater to forage for food.
 
There is a late hunting season for moose, however only North Dakotan residents can participate in it. If you are from out of state there is still hope. Every year there is one moose license raffled in early August to fund the North American Game Wardens' Museum in the International Peace Gardens. Residents and nonresidents are eligible to participate in the raffle. You can contact the nearest game warden for raffle tickets.

 

There are many birds and other wildlife around North Dakota. This just names a few.