Some of Kejimkujik’s mammals are among the most easily observed park wildlife. The sight of a doe and fawn, or porcupine may be the highlight of a visit to the park. Mammals may be seen along the Mersey River, woodland trails, or along park roads.
White-tailed Deer © Parks Canada/P. Hope
Deer can be seen feeding beside park roadways or along the shores of lakes and rivers. Fawns, born in late May or early June, can be seen in summer feeding on lush roadside grasses. Bucks tend to be very wary, and are usually seen only during the month-long breeding season beginning in late October.
Porcupine © Parks Canada/P. Hope
The porcupine is a frequently seen mammal at Kejimkujik, feeding on grasses along the roadsides. In winter, when this grassy vegetation isn’t available, porcupines move into softwood forests, often building dens in hollow trees, and feeding on buds, needles and bark of evergreens.
Beaver © Parks Canada
It’s obvious from their numerous lodges that beavers are common at Kejimkujik.
Coyote © Parks Canada
The coyote has been expanding its range In Canada for the past several decades. It reached Nova Scotia in 1977 and was first sighted in Kejimkujik in 1985. To better understand this animal, a study of coyote ecology was carried out in the park from 1992 until 1994. The park study showed higher coyote predation of deer and less of snowshoe hare than had been reported in studies elsewhere. It is estimated that a total of four coyote family groups inhabit Kejimkujik.
American Marten © Parks Canada
The marten was once widespread in Nova Scotia, but a combination of habitat change and trapping eliminated them from the mainland. Since the spring of 1987 about 130 martens, live-trapped in northern New Brunswick, have been reintroduced in Kejimkujik by Resource Conservation staff.
Black Bear © Parks Canada
Black bears are found throughout Kejimkujik, although most sightings are in the southern and western parts of the Park. Bears are normally shy of humans but, to be safe, store your food in your car or out of their reach, well away from your tent.
Seals at Kejimkujik Seaside © Parks Canada/R. Farrell
Kejimkujik Seaside’s coastline is populated with harbour and grey seals that can often be seen basking on the rocks. They tend to prefer those rocks that have easily accessible shelves where they can haul themselves out of the water. The seals spend the entire year in and around these rocks. Even in winter, they will sun themselves but tend to prefer the warmer water. During the spring, females will give birth to their pups in the relative safety of these small islands. During the summer, they divide their time between resting and playing on the rocks and fishing.
Whales are seldom seen at Kejimkujik Seaside.
Keep the Wildlife Safe and Wild
The chance to observe wild animals as they go about their natural lives is one of the most fascinating experiences that Canada’s national parks have to offer. Along with this opportunity, however, comes the responsibility to treat wild animals with the respect they deserve, and need.
•All the wild animals you encounter in Kejimkujik are potentially dangerous if cornered, approached too closely, or harassed.This is especially important at Kejimkujik Seaside, where seals may come close to shore.
•Do not feed any wildlife, and take care that your food and garbage are secured so as not to attract animals to your campsite.
•Keep pets on a leash at all times.
•Black bears and coyotes are present at the inland and coastal portions of Kejimkujik. Read more: You are in Black Bear Country
and Coyotes and Hiking Safety
. Information is also available at the Visitor Centre.