caribou walking on tundra
Several caribou walking across the tundra while making their migration.

NPS Photo

Noatak National Preserve is home to a wide array of mammals. 39 to be exact. Ranging from the great brown bears to the seldom seen tundra voles. One of the most popular animals in Noatak is the caribou. The Western Arctic Caribou Herd population ranges anywhere between two and four hundred thousand animals. Every spring and fall these animals pass through the preserve on the 600 mile trek between their summer and winter grounds. Noatak National Preserve helps protect this millennia-old journey that is vital to both the caribou and the people who live in their path.
Noatak National Preserve Mammal Species List

Genus Species Common Name Presence confirmed Presence likely but not confirmed
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae Ovibos moschatus muskox X
Ovis dalli Dall's sheep X
Family: Cervidae Alces alces moose X
Rangifer tarandus caribou X
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae Alopex lagopus Arctic fox X
Canis lupus gray wolf X
Canis latrans coyote X
Vulpes vulpes red fox X
Family: Felidae Lynx canadensis Canada lynx X
Family: Mustelidae Gulo gulo wolverine X
Lontra canadensis northern river otter X
Martes americana American marten X
Mustela erminea ermine X
Mustela nivalis least weasel X
Mustela vison mink X
Family: Phocidae Erignathus barbatus bearded seal X
Phoca largha spotted seal X
Family: Ursidae Ursus arctos Brown bear, grizzly bear X
Ursus americanus American black bear X
Order: Insectivora
Family: Soricidae Sorex cinereus masked shrew X
Sorex tundrensis tundra shrew X
Sorex ugyunak barren ground shrew X
Sorex arcticus Arctic shrew X
Sorex monticolus montane shrew X
Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Leporidae Lepus americanus showshoe hare X
Lepus othus Alaskan hare, tundra hare, Beringian hare X
Order: Rodentia
Family: Erethizontidae Erethizon dorsatum porcupine X
Family: Castoridae Castor canadensis beaver X
Family: Muridae Clethrionomys rutilus northern red-backed vole X
Dicrostonyx groenlandicus Greenland collared lemming X
Lemmus trimucronatus brown lemming X
Microtus miurus singing vole X
Microtus oeconomus tundra vole X
Microtus xanthognathus yellow-cheeked vole X
Ondatra zibethicus muskrat X
Family: Sciuridae Spermophilus parryii Arctic ground squirrel X
Marmota broweri Alaska marmot X
Marmota caligata hoary marmot X
Tamiasciurus hudsonicus red squirrel X

Last updated: February 11, 2016

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