Dateline – February 14, 2012

Some types of urban wildlife are easier to observe than others. These animals, whether it is because they are more common or because they have more accommodating habits, find their way in front of your camera readily and require relatively little extra effort from the photographer.

Other animals—ones that are nocturnal, transient, or simply uncommon—are much harder to find, much less photograph. As an amateur naturalist, these are the animals that really whet your appetite. These are the ones you really want to locate and document.

My reference materials lead me to believe that many of these rare and unusual animals may be found here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area under the right conditions. I have heard tantalizing rumors about many of these creatures, some more likely true than others. But, they all could be here, and they all could be photographed. All that is required is a little serendipity, and maybe some help from you, my readers.

This is my first of several wish lists. This one enumerates mammals that I would like to observe and photograph in one of the five North Texas counties covered by this web site (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Rockwall, Tarrant).

That is where you come in. If you live in one of these counties, and are aware of a reliable and repeatable observation opportunity for any of the animals in the list below, please let me know. I can be reached via any of the contact facilities provided by this web site: comments, email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Of course, interesting reports of any wildlife observation are always welcome! Never hesitate to contact me with one in your part of town!

Let’s work together and get these animals documented! Here’s my wish list in photographs:

Thirteen-lined ground Squirrel
Eastern Spotted Skunk
Ringtail
Red Fox
Mountain Lion – If you see one of these ANYWHERE in North Texas please report it to me!!! The most reliable information I have suggests that there was a confirmed sighting at LLELA (south of the Lake Lewisville dam) in the 1990’s.
Porcupine
Black-tailed Jackrabbit Photographed in Addison – May 2017
Badger
Black Bear – These guys may be moving into east Texas from Louisiana. Its a tremendous long shot for them to be in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but if you spot one ANYWHERE in North Texas please let me know!
Mink
Long-tailed Weasel

Distribution and expected range of these animals was verified at The Mammals of Texas Online Edition