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Forty-six species of mammals have been documented at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Common mammals observed in the park include; northern short-tailed shrew, eastern mole, little brown bat, eastern red bat, big brown bat, eastern cottontail, eastern chipmunk, woodchuck, thirteen-lined ground squirrel, eastern gray squirrel, eastern red fox squirrel, red squirrel, southern flying squirrel, white-footed mouse, prairie deer mouse, Norway rat, house mouse, meadow vole, common muskrat, red fox, common raccoon, and white-tailed deer.
A detailed report about the mammals of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is available online. The report gives a historic overview as well as current observations of mammals in this national park.
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Did You Know?
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has more than 1,135 native plant species distributed over six plant communities. Among all the national parks in the United States, it ranks seventh in plant diversity. This is an amazing feat for 15,000+ acres.