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Do You Know Which Animals Are Native to Wyoming?

Wyoming is a home where the deer and antelope roam. Over 600 animal species are living in the state from bison, antelope, mice, deer, and bears. Which ones are truly native to the area? Which are transplants?

We looked at which mammals were indigenous to the state of Wyoming. That is they occur naturally in the wild. Quiz yourself with each picture. The answer is in the text. Don’t forget to tell your friends how well you did.


1

American Bison

 

 

 
Lone Bison in Thermoplis
Bill Schwamle, Townsquare Media

This iconic animal adorns the Wyoming State Flag. They practically take over Yellowstone, but are they native to the state? Yes, according to the National Park Service, the bison have lived in the Yellowstone area since prehistoric times.

2

Pronghorn Antelope

 

 

 
Pronghorn in Red Cliffs Kaycee Wyoming
Bill Schwamle, Townsquare Media

These guys are more common than squirrels in Wyoming. According to the National Wildlife Federation, the state has the largest herd of pronghorn in the U.S. Their white rumps are easy to spot driving down the highway but are they native? Yes, the pronghorn’s home is the Great Prairie. These native Wyomingites are the fastest land runners in the country, plus their migration is one of the longest for land animals.

3

Squirrel

 

 

 
Tom Morton, Townsquare Media
Tom Morton, Townsquare Media

The squirrel is the nemesis to the canine. These furry rodents scamper across tree branches and rooftops driving dogs mad with their mischief. Are they native to Wyoming? No, squirrels are indigenous to the eastern United States. They just came along with the western expansion.

4

Bear

 

 

 
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When people think of Yellowstone, they often go right to Jellystone and Yogi the Bear. Often fiction is a mix of truth and fiction, but are bears native to Wyoming? Yes, both black bears and grizzly bears are native to Wyoming. They have been roaming the mountain ranges in the Cowboy State for quite some time.

5

Mouse

 

 

 
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ThinkStock

Those cute furry things that infest barns and homes are they native to Wyoming? They act like they own the place. Some people have them as pets, but, No, they are not indigenous to Wyoming. However, several mice are native like the western jumping mouse and deer mouse. The mouse is originally from Asia.

6

Wild Horses

 

 

 
Bill Schwamle, Townsquare Media
Bill Schwamle, Townsquare Media

One of the largest herds of wild horses is in Wyoming, but, No, they are not indigenous. On the Wyoming Tourism website, they talk about the origin of the “wild horses” in the Pryor Mountains. For reasons unknown, the horses in the Americas went extinct. If it weren’t for the Spanish reintroducing the species, Wyoming wouldn’t have horses.

7

Deer

 

 

 
Tom Morton, Townsquare Media
Tom Morton, Townsquare Media

These guys can blend into the Wyoming landscape much easier than their counterparts, the pronghorn. They are also cuter and taste much better, too. But are they native to Wyoming? Yes, the white tailed deer are indigenous to the state. Back in 2014, the Star Tribune reported that these two species are encroaching on each other’s habitat even though they are both native to the area.

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