Sightings – Mammal

Observer: Michael Bissanti

Observation Date: 6/30/22

Observation Time: morning

Observation Location: Moose Hill St.

Common Name: Striped Skunk

Scientific Name: Mephitis mephitis

Comments:  The little skunks in the attached video were a riot!  Not shy at all, they would wander right onto our patio and didn’t seem to be bothered by our being there.  I did some research and learned young skunks don’t spray, so I took a chance and scooped them into the bucket…the tails went up but no smell…my lucky day.

The skunk family is composed of four genera (Mephitis, Conepatus, Spilogale, and Mydaus) and 12 species, 10 of which are found in the Western Hemisphere. Primarily nocturnal, skunks are a diverse group of carnivores that live in a wide variety of habitats, including deserts, forests, and mountains. Skunks are also known as polecats.

More Information: Britannica.com

skunks

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 5/8/04

Observation Time: 8:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Parkway

Common Name: White Squirrel (leucistic variation of the Eastern Gray Squirrel)

Scientific Name: Sciurus carolinensis

Comments: There are several different reasons why Eastern Gray Squirrels sometimes are sometimes white. Check out this video: http://www.untamedscience.com/biodiversity/white-squirrel/

More Information: White Squirrel Research Institute and Jamaica Pond’s Albino Gray Squirrel

White Squirrel

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/12/14

Observation Time: 2:00 p.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road (back yard)

Common Name: White-footed mouse

Scientific Name: Peromyscus leucopus

Comments: This juvenile mouse was in our garden.

More Information: Wikipedia

White-footed Mouse

Observer: Peter Higgins

Observation Date: 11/26/08 & 11/30/08

Observation Time: 7:30 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm

Common Name: White-Tailed Deer

Scientific Name: Odocoileus virginianus

Comments: Moose Hill Farm is a wonderful gift to the town, I get up early and see deer, turkeys, and coyotes on a regular basis.

More Information: University of Michigan Museum of Zoology “Animal Diversity Web”

White-Tailed Deer

White-Tailed Deer

White-Tailed Deer

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/29/20

Observation Time: 7:55 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR)

Common Name: White-tailed Deer

Scientific Name: Odocoileus virginianus

Comments: White-tailed deer are common in Sharon due to the absence of top predators such as wolves and cougars. If the deer population becomes too high, they will starve. This individual was still gaunt from the privations of winter.

More Information: Wikipedia

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/1/24

Observation Time: 12:10 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: White-tailed Deer

Scientific Name: Odocoileus virginianus

Comments: White-tailed deer are common in Sharon due to the absence of top predators such as wolves and cougars. If the deer population becomes too high, they will starve. This doe was still gaunt from the privations of winter. She did not seem too concerned about my presence.

More Information: Wikipedia

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/16/23

Observation Time: 3:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: White-tailed Deer

Scientific Name: Odocoileus virginianus

Comments: White-tailed deer are common in Sharon due to the absence of top predators such as wolves and cougars. If the deer population becomes too high, they will starve. This doe was still gaunt from the privations of winter. She did not seem too concerned about my presence.

More Information: Wikipedia

Observer: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 5/2/18

Observation Time: 6:20 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon, Billings Loop

Common Name: White-tailed Deer

Scientific Name: Odocoileus virginianus

Comments: Adult white-tails have reddish-brown coats in summer which fade to a duller grayish-brown in winter. Male deer, called bucks, are easily recognizable in the summer and fall by their prominent set of antlers, which are grown annually and fall off in the winter. Only the bucks grow antlers, which bear a number of tines, or sharp points. During the mating season, also called the rut, bucks fight over territory by using their antlers in sparring matches.

More Information: National Geographic

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/7/19

Observation Time: 7:55 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: White-tailed Deer

Scientific Name: Odocoileus virginianus

Comments: White-tailed deer are common in Sharon due to the absence of top predators such as wolves and cougars. If the deer population becomes too high, they will starve. Exclosures have been erected in the woods at the Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary to assess the impact of deer browsing. The photo below shows lush green vegetation growing inside the exclosure where the deer cannot get at it.

More Information: Wikipedia

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/12/10

Observation Time: 7:40 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road soccer field

Common Name: White-Tailed Deer

Scientific Name: Odocoileus virginianus

Comments: This doe was grazing on the green grass at the soccer field.

More Information: University of Michigan Museum of Zoology “Animal Diversity Web”

Whitetail Deer