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 Hagerman Fossil Beds paleontology crew has made some unusual finds. Early one summer the field crew found an articulated skeleton of a suckerfish (family Catostomidae) which was later jacketed and brought back to the lab for cleaning and study.