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Bassariscus astutus


Light tan with distinctly banded tail.


Dense riparian areas in the Sacramento Valley, also oak woodlands and coastal forests.


Although dead animals are not always welcome on this site, I think this one is different. It is rarely observed. I have only seen two (both road kills) despite hundreds of hours in the field (including lots of nocturnal work) during the last 25 years. I'm just not lucky with this species.

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:( Rare to see running around as they're nocturnal. I hope to spot one someday. Thank you for sharing to educate the community on this beautiful mammal.

Such a beautiful creature, I like that tooth coming out. Hope some day you get to see one alive to share it with us.

Wow Jeff, though this is a very sad spot indeed. I must confess I have never heard of this mammal before this spotting and as tragic as this is, I am grateful for the education and your sensitivity !

Jeff Dreier
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Jeff Dreier

California, USA

Spotted on Apr 18, 1999
Submitted on Mar 16, 2014


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