The Panorama Vista Preserve and the Kern River provide habitat for a variety of wildlife in addition to birds.  Mammals such as coyotes, beavers, jack rabbits, cottontails, and bobcats have been spotted as well as reptiles like lizards and an occasional snake plus a diversity of invertebrate life. 

MAMMALS:
Beavers Bobcats Coyotes

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BEAVERS


Castor canadensis ssp. leucodenta  (Gray Beaver) is the species of beaver found in California;   twelve other species are  found in North America.  (USDA Forest Service)



Rider and Beaver Dam Nov. 07Swimming beaver

  
 Beaver dam across the Kern on 
the Preserve in March 2007 ...                ...and in November 2007                                     A beaver swimming in the Kern river                  



Beaver-Gnawed
              Cottonwood Trunk


Beavers eat only the inner bark of trees such as this cottonwood.   They carry branches from fallen trees off to their dams and eat  the bark later.   This tree fell  over not long after this picture was taken.
  (Photo  by Janis Freed)

Bark stripped off

Bark has been peeled off in long strips by the beaver's large incisors.   Beavers like willows as well as cottonwood, but they also eat a variety of aquatic plants.





Drag marks of a beaver's tail or of tree branches.

           
   








 


Animal tracks up the sand bank from the river.  In the outline is a print which resembles the front foot track in the drawing on the right.
(Photo by Marion Vargas)
Source of this image: University of Nebraska Extension

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BOBCATS


Lynx rufus californicus is one of a dozen species of bobcats found from Canada into southern Mexico.  

In size,  bobcats are about twice as large as the domestic cat (males 14-40 lbs, females 9-34 lbs).  A yearling may weigh around 10 lbs.  It has a distinctive  gait because its hind legs are longer than its front legs. 

In spring and summer it hunts during the early hours of dawn or at twilight but during fall and winter  it may come out during the day because its prey are more likely out then if the weather is cold.  It is strictly a carnivore and lives off  rabbits, hares, mice, and other rodents, which may put it in competition with coyotes when their ranges overlap
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Bobcat
                  in field  Dec. 2011
 



On a February day in 2011, Andy Honig was walking near the Beardsley Canal when he saw this bobcat.  He quietly followed it, taking pictures for some distance through the salt bush   The cat was not particularly disturbed by the photographer but perhaps it was distracted just enough that she did not notice the jackrabbit as she  passed by.  At times she stopped and looked back.  Her distinctively wide face and longer hind legs were easy to observe.  In a short distance, the bobcat came to a hole in the fence and went through to the other side.
                                                                                                                Bobcat in grass
             A glance back.

Later in 2011, Honig came across another bobcat strolling along.  He followed it and eventually came to a fence;  he expected it to go under, as before, but she surprised him: