Most of the mammals found in western New York occur along the RRMSEA section of the Auburn Trail Extension.  White tailed deer are a regular sighting, and their pathways cross the trail in several places.   Red fox are regularly observed.  Coyote are more secretive, but their droppings are sometimes seen.   Beaver are sometimes observed in the creek, and a young one took up residence for several months in a wetland alongside the trail, creating a pond that has become a magnet for wildlife, including wood duck.  Chipmunks,  squirrels, and rabbits are frequently seen.  Even raccoon and skunk are regular visitors, seen occasionally.  Many mammals are nocturnal, so we often see their signs, rather than the animal itself.  Winter is an excellent time on the trail to observe tracks in the snow.




Photos © Steven Daniel and Chuck Schleigh