Beaver Marsh Trail - #4 - Mammals
Otter have long, streamlined bodies, short legs, webbed toes, and long, tapered tails—all adaptations for their mostly aquatic lives. River otters avoid polluted waterways, but will seek out a concentrated food source in urban areas like the Beaver Marsh.
Unlike beavers, they are active day and night. They are not very fond of humans. As a result, in order to watch river otters in the wild, one must be extremely quiet as otter have a very keen sense of hearing and smell.
Coyote and Foxes
These animals are often seen negatively by popular culture but actually play an important role in wetland ecosystems. They do so by preying on many different organisms including, snakes, frogs, mice, rats, birds, rabbits, and even deer helping to control populations.
Deer are prominent members in North Carolina wetland ecosystems and can run at speeds as high as 30 mph. Although whitetail deer help to control overgrowth of plants, shrubs, etc. over population of deer is a concern in some area. Coyotes can help play a role in reducing overpopulation.