In the snowbound dawn of the Northern Forest prowls a feline shadow with shining eyes and thick, silvery fur. Her big paws and long legs allow her to move silently through the deep snow as she hunts for hare and other prey. Long tufts of black fur grace the tops of her ears, and her short tail is tipped in black. She is the Canada lynx, a federally threatened species of the boreal forest.
Maine's wildlife species include animals such as black bears, brook trout, the Common Loon, Canada Lynx, white-tailed deer, and of course, moose! Learn more about the wide array of animals living in our state's rivers, lakes, and forests through the Natural Resources Council of Maine's Creature Feature. Have a suggestion for a new creature to feature? Let us know!
Few things thrill Mainers and visitors more than spotting a moose! Their massive size and dramatic antlers (males only!) peering through the woods leave a lasting impression.The moos e is the largest of the deer family, with adult males reaching up to 10 feet (about 7 feet at the shoulder) and 1,400 pounds.
Each year in Maine, thousands of people take whale watch cruises off the coast in hopes seeing humpback whales! Sometimes playful, and the most active of all the whales, the humpback whale is the only species to breach—or leap in the air—completely leaving the water, before rolling over and crashing back down into the water, where it may slap its tail.