Wildlife

Wildlife

Wildlife of the Bruce Peninsula

The Bruce Peninsula is home to many creatures. Bears, lynx, red squirrels, fishers, porcupines - you find all these and more on the Bruce Peninsula.

Some commonly seen wildlife on the Bruce includes: chipmunk, squirrel, raccoon, porcupine, snowshoe hare, skunk, white-tailed deer, snakes and frogs.

The Northern Bruce Peninsula contains signifigant amounts of uninterrupted forest - which makes a great ecosystem to enable the black bear, fisher, long-eared bats, northern flying squirrel, fox, martin, Massasauga rattlesnake, red-shouldered hawk, barred owl, hermit thrush, black-throated blue warbler, scarlet tanager and yellow-spotted salamander to make a home here.

Caves and crevices in the barren cliff face provide homes for ravens, turkey vultures, swallows and bats.

Black bears are also an inhabitant of the Bruce Peninsula. Black bears are smaller than their grizzly and polar cousins weighing anywhere from 100 to over 250 kilograms. They eat literally anything that is available. It is a problem when visitors and residents feed the bears - as they then get dependent on human interaction - and then become a menace. We have a saying here on the Bruce - "IF YOU FEED A BEAR - YOU KILL HIM" .

The Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, now an endangered species, was once found throughout southern Ontario. They are poisonous, but avoid encounters with humans and rarely present a danger.

Other species include garter, ring-necked, De Kay’s, ribbon, smooth green, red- bellied, milk and water snakes.