Agricultural and residential development, as well as recreational activity, has altered the wildlife community of the Monument. Mule deer are common. Red foxes, coyotes, badgers, cottontail rabbits, and yellow-bellied marmots are upland residents. River otter, beaver, muskrat, mink, and other furbearers are found in and around Hagerman’s ponds, marshes, and waterways.
Did You Know?
The Smithsonian began excavating the Fossil Beds in 1929. J.W. Gidley conducted the first excavation. Altogether they conducted 4 major excavations of the area.