Camping at Clear Creek: The Wildlife (Part 2)
Wildlife Animals to See in Clear Creek
In a previous post, we talked about some of the animals you may watch while camping in Clear Creek. Here are some more amazing creatures for you to check out.
Beavers, the largest rodents, measure more than 3 ft. in length, and weigh up to fifty-five pounds with a large, nearly naked, flat tail & webbed feet.
The bobcat is a familiar animal, but it is secretive and seldom seen. The animals are 32’’ to 37’’ long with a tail about 6’’ in length. Bobcats are similar in appearance to the lynx.
The elk, better called the wapiti, is the largest of Colorado’s native deer (7ft. to 9 ft. long, with a 4’’ to 6’’ tail, and weighing 450 – 900 pounds).
The marten is a weasel that lives in trees. Males are about 2 ft. long, with an eight-inch tail, and they weigh about 1 1/2 pounds. Females are 10 to 20% smaller than the males and weigh only half as much as the male.
This animal is a large, brown, semi-aquatic weasel. The males are 20’’ to 24’’ long, and females are about one-fifth smaller. Mink are dark brown and slightly paler beneath, with the tip of the tail nearly black. Their toes are partially webbed.
There are two species of deer in Colorado: the mule deer and the white-tails. The mule deer is found in Clear Creek County. These animals bound with a stiff-legged gait, the tail held down; white-tails move with a graceful lope, with their flag-like tail held erect.
The muskrats are an overgrown, semi-aquatic vole. They have dense under-fur and a nearly waterproof “overcoat.” Muskrats’ feet are webbed & fringed with stiff hairs. The muskrats are dark brown in color, about 26’’ in length (of which the tail comprises nine inches) and weigh about two pounds.
The porcupine is second in size only to the beaver among Colorado rodents. They are 27’’ to 32’’ long (of which 10” is tail). Weighing up to thirty-three pounds, these are large mammals.
The yellow-bellied marmot is the largest of our ground squirrels, a close relative of the woodchuck of the East and Midwest.