Desolation Wilderness Critters

[Photo]:  The majestic profile of a Golden Eagle as photographed by Jules Strauss, CAS 1999.Desolation Wilderness provides a home for many species of fish and wildlife.

Mammals - Mule deer are the largest of the game species found within the wilderness. Black bears are increasingly common, with individuals being displaced from the Tahoe Basin and lower elevation western slopes into the higher country. More common, yet seldom seen, are the smaller mammals like coyote, porcupine, badger, and bobcat. Species of special interest that are very rare in the area are the fisher, pine marten, red fox, and wolverine. Please report sightings of these animals to the Forest Service to help us learn more about their distribution and abundance.

Rodents and Birds - Desolation also provides an ideal habitat for numerous alpine rodents such as the yellow-bellied marmot, golden-mantled ground squirrel, Douglas squirrel and the pika. There are also a variety of mountain birds like the Steller's jay, Clark's nutcracker, mountain chickadee, blue grouse, mountain, bluebird, American dipper, occasional golden eagle, and others.

Fish - Within Desolation's numerous lakes and streams are also a variety of game fish such as the rainbow and brook trout. Less common, but also present are brown and golden trout. Fishing clubs stocked most of Desolation's waters historically, and many lakes continue to be stocked by the California Department of Fish and Game. California Department of Fish and Game licenses and regulations for fishing and hunting apply in the Desolation.