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The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust is dedicated to helping all free-roaming animals, big, small, common or endangered. Take a closer look at some of the wildlife who share the North American landscape with us.

  • American Badger

    American Badger

    The American badgers have short, powerful legs, strong—yet sensitive—paws, and long claws. Learn more 

  • Beaver

    American Beaver

    Though beavers are cousins to mice and squirrels, they are North America's largest rodents, weighing 50 or more pounds. Learn more 

  • Bison on range

    American Bison

    At one time, the American bison could be found roaming North America from northern Canada to Mexico. These solemn looking animals were slaughtered almost to the point of extinction by early settlers. Learn more 

  • American dipper

    American Dipper

    American Dippers, unique aquatic songbirds, live almost solely on rushing, unpolluted waters and can be found in mountain, coastal, or even desert streams of the West. Learn more 

  • American Mink in burrow

    American Mink

    The American mink has been -- and continues to be -- exploited for its exceptionally beautiful and soft fur. But habitat loss is another significant threat to the American mink. Learn more 

  • Bald eagle in flight

    Bald Eagle

    Particularly honored by Americans as our national bird, the bald eagle represents strength, beauty, and grace as it soars above both mountains and plains. Learn more 

  • Bat

    Bat

    Bats are among the most misunderstood animals, yet they are vital to maintaining healthy ecosystems. Learn more 

  • BEAR_AND_CUB_IN_SPRING

    Black Bear

    Many assume that bears are exclusively meat eaters while, in fact, plant foods make up the bulk of their diet. Learn more 

  • Bobcat

    Bobcat

    Bobcats have long been the target of hunters and trappers. The primary threat is loss of habitat. Learn more 

  • Common loon two

    Common Loon

    Many would agree with Henry David Thoreau that the call of loon is nature's "wildest sound," the essence of wildness itself. Learn more 

  • Snipe-in-swamp

    Common Snipe

    The common snipe's wings look long and pointed in flight like those of other wading birds, but its legs and neck are somewhat shorter, and its long, slender bill allows it to feed on small prey in the mud. Learn more 

  • Cougar in the snow

    Cougar

    The cougar once roamed across most of North America, but their territories are now limited to the western regions of Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Learn more 

  • Coyote and pup

    Coyote

    Today, more humans have seen and heard coyotes as we move into their territories and they become more adaptable in exploring ours. Learn more 

  • Fox kits

    Foxes

    Foxes are the smallest wild members of the canine family, which includes companion dogs, coyotes and wolves. Learn more 

  • Golden Eagle

    Golden Eagle

    Impressive as fliers, hunters, nest builders, and parents, golden eagles are also North America’s largest predatory bird, with wingspans ranging from 73-86.5 inches. Learn more 

  • Gray fox

    Gray fox

    The gray fox can be recognized by its grizzled upper parts, strong neck and black-tipped tail. Learn more 

  • Wolf

    Gray Wolf

    The gray wolf was one of the first species protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1974. The species’ status has changed a few times over the years, and they still need our support. Learn more 

  • Great Blue Heron

    Great Blue Heron

    North America’s largest and most widespread heron, the Great Blue Heron can be found along the shores of fresh or salt water and in wetlands from Alaska and Canada to the Caribbean. Learn more 

  • Grizzly cub

    Grizzly Bear

    Dramatic gatherings of grizzly bears can be seen at prime Alaskan and Canadian fishing spots when the salmon run upstream for summer spawning. Learn more 

  • Red-tailed hawk

    Hawk

    Hawks are just one type of American raptors. They are classified into two groups: buteos and accipiters. All are impressive in different ways. Learn more 

  • Mare and foal

    Mustang

    No one really knows for sure how many wild horses -- mustangs -- there are, but it is likely that fewer than 25,000 horses and 5,000 burros are left on 34 million acres of public land. Learn more 

  • Owl

    Owl

    While most birds have around seven neck vertebrae, an owl has 14, allowing him to turn his head 180 degrees to the right or left to track sound quickly. Learn more 

  • Peregrine falcon in flight

    Peregrine Falcon

    Fast and strong, the peregrine falcon drops down on prey from high above in a spectacular stoop. Learn more 

  • Prairie Dog

    Prairie dogs are like a canary in the coal mine. If their population declines and dies, others will soon follow. The loss of prairie dogs has implications that go beyond just having a thriving prairie dog population. Learn more 

  • Rabbit

    Rabbits eat flowers and vegetable plants in spring and summer and the bark of fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs in fall and winter. Learn more 

  • Raccoon

    Raccoons

    Raccoons have increased in number and expanded in distribution over the past century in most places, except on small, isolated islands. Learn more 

  • Flying Squirrel

    Southern Flying Squirrel

    The southern flying squirrel may be misnamed, but they are amazing -- gliding up to 250 feet, when launching from a height of about 60 feet, and making 90 degree turns mid-air -- but they are actually gliding, not flying. Learn more 

  • Spotted Salamander

    Spotted Salamander

    Each spotted salamander has a unique pattern of spots. Some only have a couple of spots, but most have two uneven rows of yellow-orange spots. Learn more 

  • Box Turtle

    Tortoise and turtle

    Turtles and tortoises roamed the earth with the dinosaurs, but they need our help to keep them around much longer. Learn more 

  • Turkey Vulture

    Vultures

    Vultures are often seem grim and foreboding. But these scavengers, who feed on dead animals, are very beneficial to us and other animals. Learn more 

  • Wolverine

    Wolverines need large isolated tracts of land to prosper, which is getting harder and harder to find as property development and recreational land use continues to spread. Learn more 

  • Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Strong and active, woodchucks can swim, climb trees, and dig amazing burrow systems, some as deep as five feet and as long as 30 feet, with multiple tunnels and chambers. Learn more 

  • Two Marmots

    Yellow-bellied Marmot

    Yellow-bellied marmots are related to woodchucks but they live in more remote areas of the western United States and southern Canada. Learn more 

 

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