A living desert
Animals in extreme conditions
The ring-tailed cat (Bassasiscus astute) is shown here.
Another claim to fame
Gets what he wants
The American badger has a nasty disposition and lives basically wherever it chooses. These animals like to dig holes, so they are often found near the softer soils along desert river beds.
All shapes and sizes
Bighorn tend to gather in herds that seldom exceed 30 individuals. Rutting activities occur during the hot summer months when the clashing of horns by two dominant males can be heard for long distances across the dry desert landscape.
In urban areas of the desert, coyotes pose a great threat to small domesticated dogs and cats. They prefer to eat fresh kill but are known to eat carrion. Coyotes are known to gather and hunt in packs when they are stalking large mammals such as deer. Coyotes have been known to follow along with a badger and catch any small animal that darts out of the burrow.
By many names
Waskally wabbit cousins
Within the desert regions of North America, they are the most dominant predator. They can reach speeds of 50 mph (80 km/h) in a sprint, leap 15 feet (4.5 m) high into a tree, easily scale a 12-foot-tall (3.7 m) fence and can maintain a speed of 10 mph (16 km/h) for many miles. A male mountain lion can weigh up to 180 pounds (82 kg).