Animals

If you love feeling at home with nature’s animals living around us, Big Bear Valley is a special place to be. Our mountains are home to:

  • 19 threatenedor endangered wildlife species
  • 29 sensitivewildlife species/species of concern

Some of our very special wildlife includes…

Bald Eagle in flight against blue skyline

Bald Eagle – Haliaeetus Leucocephalus – Threatened (state)

Southern Rubber Boa – Charina Bottae Umbratica – Threatened (state)

Peninsular Bighorn Sheep – Ovis Canadensis Cremnobates – Endangered (federal) and Threatened (state)

Unarmored 3-Spine Stickleback – Gasterosteus Aculeatus Williamsoni – Endangered (federal/state)

For a full list of the endangered, threatened and special species in our mountains, visit San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust endangered species webpage .

Our valley is also home to many more common, but fairly-well hidden animals that you can spot on occasion…

Our valley is also home to many more common, but fairly-well hidden animals that you can spot on occasion…

Mountain Lion's face

Mountain Lion

Bobcat

Coyote Pups

Black Bear

Mule Deer

Raccoons

Dusky-footed Woodrat

Woodrat’s nest

and there are many other animals that you can watch on a regular basis, like gray squirrels, chipmunks, cottontails, northern flickers, stellar jays, white pelicans, great blue herons and over a dozen different kinds of ducks and waterfowl.