Terrestrial mammals

Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

Snowshoe hare

The ecosystems of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve are home to about 20 terrestrial mammals. The boreal forest and the barrens allow several species of small herbivores, rodents and insectivores to find shelter and food. Among them are the Snowshoe hare, the Gapper's red-backed vole, the Meadow vole, the Northern bog lemming and the Cinereus shrew.

The Common muskrat, River otter and beaver can be seen in the aquatic environments of the islands, including peatbogs and freshwater marshes. Although infrequently, the Black bear and moose can visit the islands.

Silver fox

In addition to its typical reddish colour, the Red fox may have an ashy grey (Silver fox) or intermediate colouring with a darker pattern on the back and shoulders (Crossfox). Often the only big predator on the islands, it feeds mainly on small mammals, birds, insects, eggs, mushrooms and fruits, depending on the season.

The Little and Big brown bat, the Northern long-eared bat, the Hoary bat and the Eastern red bat are nocturnal mammals flying over the islands in search of insects. These migratory species are present in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve during the summer.

Learn more about species protection and bats at the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

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