There's no shortage of things to do at Horsetooth Reservoir. You can paddleboard in the water, hike to the falls, or admire the park's abundant wildlife.

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We're talking about the latter today. Read on to see which critters you can find at Fort Collins' most famous natural area, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).


Mule Deer

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The mule deer is a "common" fixture of Horsetooth Reservoir. CPW says you can identify them by their large ears, even antlers, and "rope-like tails."

Raptors

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CPW reports that hawks, goshawks, eagles, and harriers are all frequent flyers at Horsetooth Reservoir.

Coyote

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CPW notes that you'd be hard-pressed not to find a coyote anywhere in Colorado, let alone at Horsetooth Reservoir.

Striped Skunk

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Horsetooth Reservoir is home to the striped skunk, an animal that CPW says is one of four skunk species in Colorado.

Squirrels

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According to CPW, both tree and ground squirrels live at Horsetooth Reservoir.

Cottontail Rabbit

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CPW reports that while there are three kinds of cottontail rabbits in Colorado, the mountain cottontail likes Horsetooth Reservoir.

Porcupine

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Porcupines are another common sight at Horsetooth Reservoir. According to CPW, they enjoy hanging out near trees or rock shelters.

Red Fox

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Of the four species of foxes in Colorado, CPW says that red foxes call Horsetooth Reservoir home.

Black Bear

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CPW notes that black bears are rare at Horsetooth Reservoir, but you can occasionally spot them.

Mountain Lion

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Mountain lions are another rare feature of Horsetooth Reservoir. CPW attributes the animal's rarity to its elusive nature, although sightings are becoming more common.


Learn more about Colorado wildlife in the gallery below.

Uncommon Animals of Colorado

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