Don't Feed the Wild Animals!

Feeding wildlife is actually a form of animal cruelty. Being fed human food causes the wrong type of bacteria to become dominant in their stomachs.

A wide array of rodents can be found in Zion National Park, and many of them are easy to find around campgrounds, trails or roadside stops.

The ubiquitous gold-, black- and white-striped Uinta chipmunk is common in Zion's high plateaus and on the rim of Bryce Canyon. A different species entirely is the golden-mantled ground squirrel, which can be mistaken for a chipmunk, but doesn't have stripes on his head. Both forage through the forest for nuts and seeds, and both are accomplished beggars for handouts.

Please don't feed any wild animals, not even the little, cute ones.

Feeding wildlife is actually a form of animal cruelty. Being fed human food causes the wrong type of bacteria to become dominant in their stomachs. Soon these animals are no longer able to digest their natural foods.

Fed animals also pose a threat to humans. Feeding rodents is especially dangerous because they can transmit diseases deadly to humans, such as Bubonic Plague and Hantavirus.

Out on the desert, you'll find the antelope ground squirrel. Rocky areas are habitat for the rock squirrel.

Wood rats are attracted by bright, shiny objects, so be careful with watches, rings and jewelry.



Chipmunks, Beaver, and Porcupines in Utah

Forty percent of all Utah mammals are rodents. You can distinguish rodents by the way they eat.


Wild Cats in Utah, but Elusive

Utah has three species of native cats, the mountain lion, or cougar; the lynx; and the bobcat, a cousin to the lynx.

Bat flying in the sky

Bats in Utah

Look to the sky at dusk and those small birds you see may actually be bats. You can distinguish bats from birds by their flight patterns.


Coyotes in Utah

No one who has heard the eerie cry of a coyote during its hunt in Zion can ever forget it. The high-pitched yip, yip and howl are just plain spooky.

Mule deer in Bryce Canyon National Park. Photo by James Phelps [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Mule Deer Inhabit Utah

This elegant animal is one of the most common in the area and can often be seen grazing on the lawns in front of park buildings.


Pikas and Jackrabbits in Utah

The fertile grasslands, woodsy forests and lots of streams in Utah allow the jackrabbit, pika and cottontail to flourish.


Mountain Lions in Zion Canyon

Zion National Park gets almost three million visitors annually -- most in Zion Canyon -- and mountain lions stay far away from such crowds.

Pronghorn antelope in Utah

Pronghorn Antelope in Utah

The popular big game animal known as the "pronghorn" frequents southern Utah.

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcons in the Zion National Park Region

At least 291 bird species call Zion home. Birds operate pretty independently of humans, but sometimes the two conflict. Both falcons and climbers love Zion's commanding cliffs.