Wildlife of Southern Louisiana

Louisiana's heavily wooded areas, lake shores, river bends and swamps are home to a plethora of wildlife. Our motto, "Sportsman's Paradise," is no joke! People hunt all sorts of wildlife here. Local restaurants even create culinary dishes featuring some of Louisiana's prize wildlife such as duck, venison (deer)  and rabbit.

Below we've provided a pretty extensive checklist of land mammals that live in Louisiana. (All, except marine mammals and, of course, the Homo Sapiens.) Checklist even includes the scientific name of each species.

If you'd like to hunt, please check with the LDWF for regulations and restrictions.

Checklist of Mammals for Louisiana

American Beaver (Castor canadensis)
American Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
Common Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Common Raccoon (Procycon lotor)
Cotton Mouse (Peromyscus gossypinus)
Coyote (Canis latrans)
Eastern Chipmunk (Tamiaus striatus)
Eastern Cottontail (Sylivagus floridana)
Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
Eastern Harvest Mouse (Reithrodontomys humulis)
Eastern Mole (Scalopus aquaticus)
Eastern Red Bat (Lasiurus borealis)
Eastern Woodrat (Neotoma floridana)
Elliot's Short-Tailed Shrew (Blarina hylophaga)
Evening Bat (Nycticeius humeralis)
Florida Panther (Puma concolor)
Fulvous Harvest Mouse (Reithrodontomys fulvescens)
Golden Mouse (Ochrotomys nuttalli)
Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)
hispid cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
hispid pocket mouse (Chaetodipus hispidus)
hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus)
least shrew (Cryptotis parva)
long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata)
marsh rice rat (Oryzomys palustris)
Mexican free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis)
mink (Mustela vison)
nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus)
northern long-eared myotis (Myotis septentrionalis)
northern river otter (Lutra canadensis)
northern yellow bat (Lasiurus intermedius)
plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)
Rafinesque's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii)
red fox (Vulpes vulpes)
ringtail raccoon (Bassariscus astutus)
Seminole bat (Lasiurus seminolis)
silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)
southeastern myotis (Myotis austroriparius)
southeastern shrew (Sorex longirostris)
southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans)
southern short-tailed shrew (Blarina carolinensis)
spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius)
striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
swamp rabbit (Sylivagus aquaticus)
tri-colored bat (Perimyotis subflavus)
Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana)
white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus)
white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
woodland vole (Microtus pinetorum)

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