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Bobcat tracks are clearly smaller than those of a mountain lion and are therefore easily identifiable by process of elimination. Page 61 Bobcat life size in mud Page 62 Virginia Opossum Didelphis virginiana Order: Marsupialia (pouched mammals). Family: Didelphiidae. Range and habitat: most parts of Southern California; in woodlands and adjoining areas, and farmlands, generally remaining near streams and lakes; also common around human habitations. Size and weight: 25 inches; 12 pounds. Diet: this opportunistic omnivore prefers fruits, vegetables, insects, small mammals, birds, eggs, carrion; also garbage and pet food.
The most widespread ground-living squirrel species in Southern California, the white-tailed antelope squirrel is difficult to distinguish from locally common Harris's antelope squirrel, the Panamint, lodgepole, and Merriam's chipmunks, and the round-tailed and golden-mantled ground squirrels. Most have more or less distinctive black and white stripes from nose to moderately bushy tail; they hold their tails over their backs as they leap and scurry over the ground. The track patterns of all these small squirrels are roughly 2 inches in width, with 7 to 15 inches between clusters of prints.
Page 63 Virginia Opossum life size in mud Page 64 Coyote Canis latrans Brush wolf, prairie wolf Order: Carnivora (flesh-eating mammals). Family: Canidae (dogs). Range and habitat: widespread throughout Southern California; primarily in prairies, open woodlands, and brushy fringes, but very adaptable; can turn up anywhere. Size and weight: 48 inches; 45 pounds. Diet: omnivorous, including rodents and other small mammals, fish, carrion, insects, berries, grains, nuts, and vegetation. Sounds: wide range of canine sounds; most often heard yelping in group chorus late at night.