Wildlife of the Coeur d’Alene Basin is yet another reason ‘why we live here.’ From elk to salamanders, there is an impressive abundance of wildlife throughout the basin.
Large mammals found in the basin include elk, moose, white-tailed deer, mule deer, black bear, and mountain lion. Although mountain lions may be tough to spot, encounters with moose are common in the lower reaches of the basin.
Other than waterfowl, the basin is home to a wide variety of bird species. Eagles and ospreys prowl the waters of the lower basin, and if you’re lucky enough you might find an American dipper or harlequin duck in their preferred fast-flowing streams higher in the North Fork or St. Joe watersheds. Songbirds, such as warblers, flycatchers, vireos, chickadees, and thrushes are also common, especially in forests along streams and lakes. During the breeding season, wading birds and secretive marsh birds can be found in the chain lakes and wetlands in the lower basin.
Two notable amphibian species are the Idaho giant salamander and the Coeur d’Alene salamander. Each is found in moist areas near water, and each are species of concern because of a lack of population data.
One goal of the Restoration Partnership may be to maintain and restore the wildlife populations, and the habitats they depend on, that we’re lucky to have in the Coeur d’Alene Basin, for the public and for future generations. If you would like to share your views about restoration and how it relates to wildlife, or would like to propose a restoration project regarding wildlife, please click here.