Among the larger a animals of the White River region the deer has probably been the first to become accustomed to the white man frequenting his favorite haunts. Whether this was due to a keen intellect, which told him that the invader was irresistable or whether he found in this new trespasser an ally to help him protect his kin from the ever menacing cougar, remains to be told. Perhaps it was a little of both. At any rate visitors are continually being delighted by glimpses of these beautiful animals at almost any locality from the Entrance to the public camp.
The bear, on the other hand, remains also of from civilization and very seldom ventures closer than Yakima Park or Huckelberry Creek, although bear signs are plentiful in these localities.
Marten have been seen along the new Yakima Park Trail above the public camp and signs indicate a large number in the vicinity.
A whistling Marmot has a lair in the rock cliff along the upper end of the New Yakima Park Trail and may be seen sunning himself during the afternoon hours.
The mountain goat is more often found, it seems, in the region of the Cowlitz Chimneys, a rugged mountain range to the east, although goat are found in many other localities.
Rabbits are apparently very numerous in all the lower localities, as are the smaller animals.
The predatory animals are decreasing rapidly if one may judge from the scarcity of any indications of their destructive habits. These animals, cougars, coyotes and wildcats, are not confined to any one locality but rather evade the parts frequented by man.
There is little difference between the animals of the north and those of the south side except in those habits formed because of human influences.
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