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Images From Waterton's Remote Cameras

Gallery 10: Small Mammals

When we think about wildlife in Waterton Lakes National Park it's usually the big, sexy mammals that come to mind: bears, elk and wolves.

But many small animals make their home in Waterton too. For example there are four species of ground squirrels, five shrews, three voles, at least six bats and nine species of mustelid (weasel family).

Although we might not see them often, these animals are still a crucial part of the ecosystem. Many of them make up the base of the food chain, feeding the larger predators. And despite their small size, some are top predators themselves (e.g. weasels, bats).

These creatures are often too small or fast-moving to trigger the remote cameras, but we do occasionally get a glimpse!

Bats Bats
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