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Checklist of Whistler’s Mammals — Addendum and Notes

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Red Fox — Vulpes fulva — locally very rare

Order Artiodactyla — Ungulates

Roosevelt Elk — Cervus canadensis roosevelti

Coast Deer x Mule Deer Inteergrade — Odocoileus hemionus columbianus x

O.h. hemionus

In addition to the above, the following strays in accidental movements from the east side of the Coast Mountains have been seen at least once in the Whistler corridor. They have not (yet) bred to establish a permanent presence; and thus are not considered to be part of our fauna:

Striped Skunk — Mephitis mephitis

Canada Lynx — Felix canadensis

Mule Deer — Odocoileus hemionus hemionus

White-tailed Deer — Odocoileus virginianus

To amplify on the above, we are advised that local collections of small mammals are sparse, and additions to the number of shrews, mice, lemmings and vole species are to be expected when thorough surveys are carried out. The Keen’s Deer Mouse, once thought to be only on the Queen Charlotte Islands, as a sub-species of a White-footed Deer Mouse, is now recognized to habituate all of the Coast Mountains. Bats are in a state of classification flux. Some species listed could be resorted to two or more species once taxonomic work, now underway, is completed.

The last confirmed local sighting of a Red fox was by Colin Pitt Taylor about five years ago, near Function Junction. Conservation officers have not seen or heard of a confirmed report of this animal since then. Wildlife biologists are adamant that all so-called Mule Deer in the Pemberton Valley are only intergrades to Coast deer, the unadulterated sub-species is still far east and north of the area. Likewise, White-tailed Deer have not penetrated into the Pemberton valley, and those allegedly seen and shot to the south of Whistler are accidental strays, being there as a result of some unusual circumstances.

Our only species of the chipmunk is the Northwestern, also known as the Yellow Pine; the Townsends does not exist in the corridor despite colour and size similarities of some our local populations to it. Finally, our Hoary marmot is sacrosanct; its Yellow-bellied cousin lacks an authenticated record anywhere near Whistler. Whew!

Note: The Whistler Museum and Archives is interested in publishing a list of local mammals for distribution. More information to follow.

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"The Whistler Naturalists Society monthly birdwalk for June will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2005. We meet at the west end of Lorimer Road (near the entrance to Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church) at 7:00 a.m.