There’s no shortage of natural beauty in Ashland, Oregon. But with all the hiking trails, wooded areas, mountains, and wide-open spaces there’s bound to be some exquisite and fascinating wildlife enjoying this life beside you. So, what can you expect to see in this area? We’ve got the rundown!
Amidst the trees we can often spot this animal in all its splendor. Whether alone or in a group, they never cease to stop us in our tracks and capture our attention. Their presence is that of absolute elegance and we encourage all of our guests to never take this beauty for granted.
Careful what you throw out, because this massive species is often on the prowl and has an affinity for finding your leftovers amongst the rubble. Sightings are not uncommon, so the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offers a few key pieces of advice. First and foremost, don’t feed the bears, avoid eye contact, give bears a way to escape, steer clear if there are cubs present, and most importantly try to stay calm. It sounds comical suggesting we stay calm, but often they’re just as terrified as we are. Take a deep breath and back away slowly.
“Be observant when walking after dark and consider walking in groups or with a noise maker such as a bell.”
Southern Oregon is “cougar country,” as stated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. While the population density varies, this particular animal is native to the state. Don’t worry, you can protect yourself by looking the cat directly in the eyes, making loud noises, and trying to appear as large and looming as possible. They’re typically found in the Cascade Mountains, so just keep your eyes peeled during your hikes!
The gray fox is positively precious, but do bear in mind that this shy nocturnal animal is still wild. It typically resides in dense clumps of brush, abandoned buildings, hollow logs or burrows. If you spot them galivanting, enjoy the sight from a distance.
With an average wingspan of around seven feet, it’s hard not to be captivated by the bald eagle. Common near lakes, rivers and coastal areas, you can often spot their white heads amongst the trees rather easily come winter.
Did you spot our wildlife?
We hope to see you soon!