Mammals of the Burns Pinyon Ridge Reserve

Order Artiodactyla
  Family Cervidae
    Mule Deer   Odocoileus hemionus
Order Carnivora
  Family Canidae
    Coyote  Canis latrans
    Gray Fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus
   Family Mustelidae
    Badger  Taxidea taxus
    Spotted Skunk Spilogale putorius
Order Chiroptera
  Family Molossidae
    Western Mastiff bat  Eumops perotis
  Family Vespertilionidae
    Townsend's Long-eared Bat Plecotus townsendii
    Big Brown Bat   Eptesicus fuscus
    Hoary Bat  Lasiurus cinereus
    California Myotis   Myotis californicus
    Western Pipistrelle Pipstrellus hesperus
Order Insectivora
  Family Soricidae
    Desert Shrew Notiosorex crawfordii
Order Lagomorpha
  Family Leporidae
    Black-tailed Jackrabbit Lepus californicus
    Audubon's Cottontail Sylvilagus audubonii
Order Rodentia
  Family Cricetidae
    Dusky-footed Woodrat   Neotoma fuscipes
    Desert Woodrat  Neotoma lepida
    Southern Grasshopper Mouse Onychomys torridus
    Brush Mouse Peromyscus boylii
    Canyon Mouse Peromyscus crinitus
    Cactus Mouse  Peromyscus eremicus
    White-footed Deer Mouse Peromyscus maniculatus
    Pinyon Mouse  Peromyscus truei
  Family Geomyidae
    Botta's Pocket Gopher Thomomys bottae
  Family Heteromyidae
    San Diego Pocket Mouse  Chaetodipus fallax
    Desert Pocket Mouse Chaetodipus penicillatus
    Little Pocket Mouse Perognathus longimembris
    Merriam's Kangaroo Rat Dipodomys merriami
  Family Sciuridae
    Antelope Ground Squirrel  Ammospermophilus leucurus
    California Ground Squirrel Spermophilus beecheyi

A number records are based upon Vasek, Johnson, and Meyhew (1975), faculty, or graduate student single observations, but have not been documented since and do not represent continuously resident taxa, rather are records of animals passing through. We thank Stephanie Remington for providing the bat records, and she assures us that there are undoubtedly other species that likely are resident within or migrate through the Reserve. Allan Schoenherr reviewed the checklist and suggests that the Ringtail (Procyonidae, Bassariscus astutus) and the Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus) could be eventual records at the Burns as well.  There are excellent observations about mammals available at Walt Sakai's web page and we hope to have the USGS pitfall trap sample data accessible through the internet in the future.

Vasek, F.C., H. B. Johnson, and W.W. Meyhew.  1975.  Pinyon Woodlands of the California Reserve System.   A Report to the University of California, Natural Land and Water Reserve System as Part of a Resource Inventory.  29 pages.  Unpublished.

Please send verified additions or interesting records to either Reserve Manager Bill Bretz ( or Peter Bowler (

This list was compiled by Peter Bowler in February, 2005.