Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to approximately 57 species of mammals ranging is size from the tiny shrew to the North American black bear.


Carnivores | 16 species

Carnivores are perhaps the most widely recognized group of mammals in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Its members include the American black bear, bobcat, mountain lion, raccoon, coyote, fox, weasel, and skunk. Lesser known species like the American marten and ringtail are also present. Although grizzly bears once roamed the area, they were extirpated from California when the last individual was shot in the early 1920s. The only ungulate (hoofed animal) in the park is the mule (white-tailed) deer.

Rodentia | 23 species

The best known members of rodentia found in the park are mice, chipmunks, squirrels, and gophers. The order also includes lesser known taxa like voles. Mice (8 species) and their allies, chipmunks (3 species), and squirrels (6 species) constitute more than half of the rodent species in the park. Most of the remaining genera are represented by only a single species like marmots, aplodontia, and porcupines.

Insectivores | 7 species

Five species of shrew and two species of mole comprise the Insectivores.

Lagomorphs | 2 species

Mountain cottontail (Nuttall's cottontail) and snowshoe hare are found throughout the park.

Chiroptera (bats) | 8 species

The eight species of bat in the park include: big brown bat, California bat, fringed bat, hoary bat, little brown bat, long-legged bat, silver-haired bat, and Yuma bat.

Species of Concern

There are no Federally listed mammals within Lassen Volcanic National Park and the Sierra Nevada red fox is the only mammal species that is listed as Threatened by the State of California. The Sierra Nevada snowshoe hare, Sierra Nevada mountain beaver, and the American badger are all considered a species of concern by the State of California.


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Last updated: April 4, 2020

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