• View of the Monument across the Snake River

    Hagerman Fossil Beds

    National Monument Idaho


Western Cottontail Rabbit

Cottontail rabbit watching.

NPS Photo

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.

The most visible species, when its population is high, is the black-tail jackrabbit. Cottontail and pygmy rabbits are also present. Other species include Townsend's and Richardson's ground squirrels (Spermophilus spp.), canyon mouse (Peromyscus spp.), wood rats (Neotoma spp.), marmots or rockchucks (Marmota flavivventris), and kangaroo rats (Dipodomys ordii).

Predators include coyotes (Canis latrans), badgers (Taxidea taxus), spotted skunks (Spilogale putorius), striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis), weasels and mink (Mustela spp.), and an occasional bobcat (Lynx rufus).

Did You Know?

Fossilized turtle shell

An in situ specimen of Clemmys owyheensis (pond turtle) was found out in the Monument. The field crew also found a jaw with several teeth from Thomomys gidleyi (pocket gopher) and a jaw from Trigonictis idahoensis (grison from the weasel family).