CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Natural History: The California Vole feeds on grasses and sedges. It constructs burrows to live in. It is a species that breeds year round, producing an average of 4 to 8 young per litter.
General Distribution: Within the Presidio this species is found in annual and serpentine grasslands, coastal and dune scrub, forests with blackberry thickets or ferns, Monterey Pine, and Monterey Cypress woodlands.
Frequency: This species is abundant in the Presidio.
Identifying Characteristics: The California Vole can be identified by its dark grayish to brown coat with a short bicolor tail and contrasting pale feet. Its typical size ranges from 120 to 140 mm in length.
Did You Know?
In 1872, there was a proposal in Congress for the Presidio to become a San Francisco city park. The Army reported that 800 acres were required for national defense, provided barracks be relocated. Despite Congressman Cole's attempts, however, the Presidio reservation remained intact.