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White-tailed Deer, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
White-tailed Deer, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
Muskrat, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
Muskrat, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
Buck, White-tailed Deer, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
Buck, White-tailed Deer, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
Moose, Grand Lake Meadows, courtesy of Keith McKenzie
Moose, Grand Lake Meadows, courtesy of Keith McKenzie
Mammals

Most of the mammals found in New Brunswick are present in Grand Lake Meadows at one time of the year or another. There are approximately 30 different species that are found here. This is undoubtedly a reflection of the size of this area (5200 ha), its fertility, and the diversity of habitat found within the Meadows.
 
As the main habitat types are wetlands, some of the most numerous mammals are those that one would associate with wetlands: Muskrat, Otter, Beaver, Mink, Shorttail Weasel, Raccoon and Red Fox. Moose, too, are often found in close proximity to wetlands and there is a small resident population numbering probably less than 20 animals.
 
 
The higher, and therefore drier, parts of the Meadows are home to: White –tailed Deer, Skunk, Woodchuck, Eastern Chipmunk, Grey and Red Squirrel, Black Bear, Porcupine and a variety of small mammals. The latter include: Meadow Vole, Deer Mouse, Red-backed Vole, Short-tailed Shrew, Woodland Jumping Mouse, Meadow Jumping Mouse, Pygmy Shrew, Masked Shrew, Southern Bog Lemming, Masked and Smoky Shrew and probably at least one species of bat.
 
Most of the small animals are restricted to the floodplain forest, agricultural lands and old fields that border Route 105. The annual spring freshet must have an enormous impact on the population dynamics of many of these species.