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Above: Porcupine on Point Discovery, Mount Monadnock
Monadnock's fauna is typical of what is found in central New England such as moose, white tailed deer, turkey, fisher cat, porcupine, red fox, eastern coyote, and black bear among others. Wildlife has made a return on the mountain since pets including domestic dogs have been banned from the state park. To name a few birds common on Monadnock; include Ravens, Turkey Vultures, and Black Capped Chicadees. Reptiles that are seen are frogs, non-poisonous snakes and occasionally there are a lot of little orange salamanders around. As far as insects; Ants, bees and other insects common to New England are on Monadnock. There are also plenty of blood sucking insects including black flies, mosquitoes, no see-ums, and deer flies. With a breeze, on the higher elevations, on Monadnock there is plenty of exposed space where you can escape the biting pests.
Hikers make noise and seeing most wild life is unusual on the crowded trails of Monadnock. In the summer, for the quiet explorer, when there are few hikers around, occasionally one can come across deer, a hare or wild turkey as well as some less commonly sighted animals as well as animal droppings. The most common critters seen scurrying about on Monadnock, as well as New England, are Eastern Gray Squirrels, also Eastern Chipmunks and Red Squirrels. Less common but can be found are Black Squirrels. The best way to see evidence of animals is in the middle of winter with cold powder snow conditions and off the well beaten path. In the lower elevations are best for seeing the most animal tracks. You can see animal tracks in the snow that are commonly deer and snowshoe hare as well as others such as eastern coyote and red fox tracks. The best way to identify tracks is by bringing a field guide to animal tracks along with your winter hike. For a detailed field guide to the flora and fauna on or around Monadnock I would recommend would be the; National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England.
Below: Snowshoe Hare and White Tail Deer
Below: Black Squirrel and Red Fox
Below: Wild Turkey and Black Bear
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