and Vicinity

Northern Wyoming 


Backpacking Cloud Peak

Wildlife of the Rocky Mountains
Taxonomy & Species Profiles

Copyright © 2013 Travis N. Wood

Mammals, Birds, and Fish

Species lists in these pages are included within a broader taxonomy of the Animal Kingdom as found at Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS , or at its Canadian Web site. Partners of ITIS include:

  • US Department of Agriculture
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • US Geological Survey
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • NatureServe
  • US National Park Service
  • Canadian and Mexican Agencies

Mammals of the Rocky Mountain Area provides common names and taxonomy links to photos, habitat, range, and other information at the Animal Diversity Web site of the University of Michigan. This listing includes some species of areas from the Missouri River to Yellowstone National Park and to the Rocky Mountains of Northern Colorado.
Birds of the Rocky Mountain Area provides common names and taxonomy links to photos, checklists, range maps, habitat, and distinguishing characteristics. Each species is linked to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and to the Patuxent Bird Identification Information Center of the United States Geological Survey.
Fishes of the Rocky Mountain Area provides links to photos and species information on native and non-native fishes of Wyoming and the Missouri River Basin. For each species links are provided to at the University of British Columbia.


Which Species are Included?

The purpose of these lists is to put taxonomy up front rather than as a footnote hidden on remote pages of a book or web site. The intent is not to be an exhaustive source competing with other sources but rather to supplement what they offer. Often a web source or field guide with furnish genus and species but leave larger groupings such as families and orders to a tedious search. The purpose here is to supply those larger groupings from the outset.

In these pages, insects, spiders, worms, and so on are beyond our scope. We may consider them in the backcountry, but their numbers are too numerous to represent here.

For now we have limited our scope of "wildlife" to indigenous mammals, some species of livestock, resident and migratory birds, and native and non-native fishes. Though not native to this area, livestock and non-native fishes are useful to us for comparison and are prominent forms of life we may encounter.

Currently we have pages provided for mammals, birds, and fishes.  Some species of mammals include links to track diagrams.

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