Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association
Humboldt Redwoods State Park encompasses a wide variety of habitats, making it home to a myriad of mammals, fish, reptiles, and birds. Some animals are seen more frequently than others, but the park often provides plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities.
Several animals are commonly seen in most areas of the park. Black-tailed deer, California ground squirrels, gray fox, and raccoons can be seen throughout Humboldt Redwoods. Black-tailed deer, or mule deer, are the most frequently seen large mammals in the park. Deer are often seen munching on vegetation or sometimes bounding across a meadow or up a hillside. Their diet consists of leaves, twigs, and some berries. On the other end of the scale, one of the smallest mammals commonly seen in the park is the California ground squirrel. These small rodents can be spotted scurrying around the campgrounds and search for unattended food from campers; although their natural diet consists of grasses, seeds, and nuts. Unlike tree squirrels, ground squirrels live in burrows. They may sometimes be seen running up a tree, but ultimately they will retreat to a burrow for safety, sleeping, or other activities. Gray fox and raccoons are also common creatures in the park, but they are primarily nocturnal. The gray fox preys on rabbits, rodents, and birds, but they will also eat fruit and berries. Raccoons are excellent swimmers, and they eat a wide variety of foods, including frogs, insects, fruits, and nuts. However, raccoons are also opportunistic when it comes to food, and they will get into trash containers or other unattended food when the opportunity presents itself. Both the gray fox and the raccoon are common sights throughout the park, including in the campgrounds after dark.
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Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association located at
P.O Box 276
Weott, CA 95571
HRIA is an educational non-profit group working in cooperation with the California State Parks at Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Humboldt County, CA.