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Common Mammals That Call the Grand Canyon Home

Brian Borg is a San Diego area resident who enjoys spending time with his family and exploring nearby natural sites. Outside of San Diego, Brian Borg has hiked in numerous national parks, from Yosemite to the Grand Canyon, and photographed the unique trees and wildlife of the area.

The Grand Canyon hosts a diversity of mammals, including sure-footed bighorn sheep that thrive along rocky canyon walls and steep traverses. Subsisting on carrion and rodents, Arizona coyotes are more commonly heard than seen around the region. Acclimatized to humans, the coyote often searches out campsites and refuse receptacles for food. Raccoons also have made a nighttime strategy of raiding campsites for edibles.

The most common sighting for many along the canyon’s south rim are mule deer, which can be seen grazing on shrubs and bushes, and may reach a weight of 200 pounds. One of their primary predators is the mountain lion which, despite making a comeback, is rarely spotted by visitors. Hunted by bobcat, coyotes, and predatory birds, the cottontail rabbit has a diet of leaves, berries, and local grasses and is also wary of humans.

A common winged mammal is the canyon bat, which can be glimpsed at dusk along the canyon edges, chasing flying insects.