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Mammals of Contra Costa County Poster Print

Contra Costa County is located in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, and was one of the original 27 counties established in California in 1850. It is the ninth most populous county in the state, and is made up of 19 cities and many established communities in the unincorporated area. The county seat is Martinez.  The county’s name means “opposite coast” because of its location opposite San Francisco, in an easterly direction, on San Francisco Bay.
In the county are several different natural environments, including grassland, oak woodland, redwood forest, chaparral, riparian gullies, streams, and wetlands. These areas provide excellent habitat for many different species of mammal - including the endangered Tule Elk. Species included: AMERICAN BADGER (Taxidea taxus) • AMERICAN BEAVER (Castor canadensis) • AMERICAN MINK (Neovison vison) • BLACK- TAILED JACKRABBIT (Lepus californicus) • BOBCAT (Lynx rufus) • BRUSH RABBIT (Sylvilagus bachmani) • CALIFORNIA GROUND SQUIRREL (Otospermophilus beecheyi) • CALIFORNIA SEA LION (Zalophus californianus) • COMMON RACCOON (Procyon lotor) • COUGAR (Puma concolor) • COYOTE (Canis latrans) • DESERT COTTONTAIL (Sylvilagus audubonii) • DOUGLAS SQUIRREL (Tamiasciurus douglasii) • DUSKY-FOOTED WOODRAT (Neotoma fuscipes) • FOX SQUIRREL (Sciurus niger) • GRAY FOX (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) • HARBOR SEAL (Phoca vitulina) • HOARY BAT (Lasiurus cinereus) • LONG-TAILED WEASEL (Mustela frenata) • MULE DEER (Odocoileus hemionus) • MUSKRAT (Ondatra zibethicus) • NORTHERN RIVER OTTER (Lontra canadensis) • PALLID BAT (Antrozous pallidus) •  RED FOX (Vulpes vulpes) • SPOTTED SKUNK (Spilogale putorius) • STRIPED SKUNK (Mephitis mephitis) • TULE ELK (Cervus canadensis nannodes) • VIRGINIA OPOSSUM (Didelphis virginiana) • WILD BOAR (Sus scrofa) FREE SHIPPING IN THE US