Great Canadian Parks / Ontario

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The Parks / Ontario / Point Pelee National Park



 


 

The most visible of all the animals is probably the grey squirrel, but raccoon, weasel, mink, skunk and even coyote are present in the park. In 1993-4, in an effort to reintroduce the southern flying squirrel to the area, conservationists released 99 squirrels into the park and are still carefully monitoring the population. These tiny creatures which readily fall prey to the common housecat, weigh up to 75 grams, and generally rely on woodpeckers to carve holes in the dead trees where they build their nests. An array of insects, such as the dragonflies and damselflies, thrive in the humid and varied habitat, providing a central food resource for many other species. Several species of bat, for example, take advantage of the abundant insect life in the swamps and marshes. The bullfrog, green frog, spring peeper, western chorus frog, northern leopard frog, six species of turtle, and non-poisonous snakes inhabit the swampland and fields.

 

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