Wind Cave National Park is home to North America's heaviest mammal, the bison, and many other iconic prairie mammals. Follow the links below to find more information on some of Wind Cave's common mammal species. A complete mammal list can be found below, as well as park-specific research and news articles.
A bison laying in the grass.


Learn about the park's most iconic animal, the American Bison.

a tan ferret with a black mask and black legs

Black Footed Ferret

Black-footed ferrets were reintroduced to the park in 2007.

Two prairie dogs sitting on a burrow

Prairie Dog

Prairie dogs are the most common rodent in Wind Cave National Park.

two male elk with large antlers


Rocky Mountain elk are one of the park's most elusive residents.

a tan and white pronghorn antelope sprinting over the prairie


Pronghorns are the fastest land mammal in North America.

a male deer with large antlers

Mule Deer

Mule deer are commonly observed around the visitor center. Learn more about these deer.

A coyote stands in the grass


Coyotes are the most commonly spotted predator in Wind Cave National Park.

a large brown cat behind a fence


Bobcats and mountain lions are rarely seen in the park.


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    Last updated: November 2, 2020

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