Copper Harbor is hidden in the far north against a backdrop of lakes, mountains and pristine forest. It is the home of numerous wildlife species.Whitetail Deer, Porcupine, Beaver, Red Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, Least and Eastern Chipmunks, American marten, Short-tailed weasel, Striped skunk, Fisher, River otter, Coyote, Bobcat, Snow-shoe hare, Red fox and Gray fox are just a few of the mammals you may see while in the area. Grey wolf and Cougar have been sighted but it’s rare indeed.
Though there’s not as much wildlife to view during the winter months, there are some interesting changes that occur. There are some animals and birds that stick around, they just look different. Two of our local mammals experience a striking transformation turning from brown to white in the winter months – the Snow-shoe Hare and the Short-tailed weasel, called the Ermine in it’s white coat. The American Goldfinch turns from bright yellow with black markings to a pale, almost unrecognizable version of its summer self. White-tailed deer trade their attractive smooth red fur for a thick, dull gray, winter coat.