Calgary's critters: A hinterland who's who on wildlife in the city

Each week in May, we'll take a look at some of the wildlife of all shapes and sizes that share our city. This week, we check out mammals.

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Calgary has a variety of wildlife that tend to blend into the city's landscape. Here we take a closer look at which animals call Calgary home. (Submitted by Mike Bellavance)

Calgary has wildlife of all shapes and sizes that share our city.

Here's a look at some of our mammals — a type of animal that feeds milk to its young and usually has hair or fur covering most of its skin.

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Bobcats have been known to prowl through parts of Calgary on occasion. Some even take temporary residency in a few southwest homes near the Weaselhead natural area in southwest Calgary, which is where this spotted fellow was captured roaming.

(Submitted by Diane Stinson)


This coyote looks out over the Weaselhead natural area. Coyotes have often been known to frequent urban areas, so much so that the City of Calgary offers these helpful tips if you happen to see one in your yard.

(Submitted by Daniel Arndt)


Moose have been seen across all of Calgary's quadrants, and sometimes have to be relocated by animal control because of the dangers they pose. This mighty moose, standing in the Weaselhead, decided to stay off the streets. 

(Anne Elliott/Flickr)


Deer are no strangers to Calgary's rolling landscape, like this one in the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. The city says fawns tend to pop up in June. If the fawn is not moving, do not touch it, as standing still for up to several hours is the fawn's natural defence mechanism. 


(Submitted by Mike Kelly)


Calgary is home to many types of bats, like this silver-haired bat found in August 2010 in Forest Heights hiding between a gate and fence post. Herman Bininda's son, a biologist who worked with bats, said that it was the first time that he heard of it in the Calgary area. The city says bats are great for helping to control the city's mosquito populations.

(Submitted by Herman Bininda)


Cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hares, white-tailed jackrabbits (a type of hare) and a variety of domestic rabbit breeds all call our province home. Alberta Parks says wild rabbits are grey to brown all year, while hares are grey to brown in summer and white in winter. Domestic rabbits living in the wild come in a variety of colours and sizes, and are not protected by any of Alberta's wildlife laws

(Submitted by Georges Blary)


The American mink, like this one in Fish Creek Provincial Park, is a semi-aquatic weasel and is seldom seen far from watercourses.


(Submitted by Daniel Arndt)


With a slender body and head, these mighty little rodents can burrow into the dens of smaller creatures for a not so friendly visit and come in all shapes and sizes in Calgary. 

(Submitted by Daniel Arndt)

Long-tailed weasel

The signature black tip gives away this long-tailed weasel, sporting a summer coat, in Fish Creek Park. 

(Phil Smith/Flickr)

Ermine weasel

The ermine weasel can be identified by its snowy coat, and has been known to slip into a basement or two in Calgary in the past.

(Tim Hopwood)


A black bear hangs out in a spruce tree in the southwest Calgary community of Bayview in 2014. Bears are removed from the city with the help of fish and wildlife officers if they happen to get stuck in urban areas. 



These raccoons were captured sneaking around at night time at a home in Woodlands. 

(Submitted by Lori Mainland)


While he's no Pepé Le Pew, this little skunk was definitely looking for something while exploring Calgary. 

(Submitted by Grant Warkentin)


While we don't have any pictures of the stealthy cat in Calgary, they have been known to visit the city from time to time. Let us know if you have a good image at We are also looking for images of foxes and badgers.

Stay tuned as we bring you more wildlife pictures throughout May as spring continues to ramp up. Have a picture you're particularly proud of from Fish Creek Park, then you can enter it into the Friends of Fish Creek Photography contest starting in July.