List of U.S. state mammals

A state mammal is the official mammal of a U.S. state as designated by a state's legislature. The first column of the table is for those denoted as the state mammal, and the second shows the state marine mammals. Animals with more specific designations are also listed. Many states also have separately officially designated state birds, state fish, state butterflies, state reptiles, and other animals. Listed separately are state dogs and state horses.

State mammals

Key: Years in parentheses denote the year of adoption by the state's legislature.

List of U.S. state mammals and related mammalian designations
StateMammalMarine mammalOther mammal 1Other mammal 2Other mammal 3
AlabamaA Florida Black Bear.jpg
American black bear (2006)[1]
Endangered Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus) (7636814558).jpg
West Indian manatee (2009)[2]
AlaskaBowheads42.jpg
Bowhead whale (1983)[3]
Bigbullmoose.jpg
Moose (land mammal) (1998)[3]
Arizona
Ring-tailed cat (1986)[4]
ArkansasQuivira-Whitetail-Buck.jpg
White-tailed deer (1993)[5]
California
California grizzly bear (animal) (1953)[6][note 1]
Eschrichtius robustus 01-cropped.jpg
Gray whale (1975)[7]
ColoradoRocky mountain bighorn sheep.jpg
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (animal) (1961)[8]
ConnecticutSperm whale pod.jpg
Sperm whale (animal) (1975)[9]
DelawareGray Fox DSC6870.jpg
Gray fox (wildlife animal) (2010)[10]
FloridaFlorida panther(2) (5164633462).jpg
Florida panther (animal) (1982)[11]
FL fig04.jpg
Manatee (marine mammal) (1975)[12]
Tursiops truncatus 01.jpg
Porpoise or dolphin (salt water mammal) (1975)[13]
GeorgiaWhite-tailed Deer-27527-3.jpg
White-tailed deer (2015)[14]
Eubalaena japonica3.jpg
Right whale (1985)[15]
HawaiiMonachus schauinslandi.jpg
Hawaiian monk seal (2008)[16]
Humpback Whale underwater shot.jpg
Humpback whale (1979)[15]
Lasiurus cinereus semotus crop.jpg
Hawaiian hoary bat (land mammal) (2015)[17]
Idaho
IllinoisWhite Tailed Deer.jpg
White-tailed deer (1980)[2]
Indiana
Iowa
KansasAmerican bison k5680-1.jpg
American bison (animal) (1955)[18]
KentuckyGrey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis).jpg
Gray squirrel (wild game animal) (1968)[19]
LouisianaLouisiana black bear.jpg
Black bear (1992)[20]
MaineBigbullmoose.jpg
Moose (animal) (1979)[21]

Maine Coon Cat (cat)(1985)[22]

Maryland
British shorthair with calico coat (1).jpg
(c) Rehman Abubakr, CC BY-SA 4.0

Calico Cat (cat)(2001)[23]
MassachusettsEubalaena glacialis with calf.jpg
Right whale (1980)[24]

Tabby Cat (cat)(1988)[25]

Ms. G (groundhog) (2014)[26]
American Morgan Horse cropped.jpg
Morgan Horse (1970)
Michigan
White-tailed deer (game mammal) (1997)[27]
Minnesota
MississippiDeer running.jpg
White-tailed deer (1974)[28] Fox - British Wildlife Centre (17429406401).jpg
Red fox (1997)[29]
Perdido Bay Dolphin 2007.jpg
Bottlenosed dolphin (1974) (water mammal)[28]
MissouriJuancito.jpg
Missouri mule (animal) (1995)[30]
MontanaGrizzly Bear Family in Glacier National Park.jpg
Grizzly bear (1983)[31]
NebraskaWhite tailed deer Nebraska.jpg
White-tailed deer (1981)[32]
Nevada
Desert bighorn sheep (animal) (1973)[33]
New HampshireWhite-tailed Deer (8047858676).jpg
White-tailed deer (1983)[34]
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) California.jpg
Bobcat (wildcat) (2015)[35]
New Jersey
New MexicoA Florida Black Bear.jpg
American black bear (1963)[36]
New YorkCastor canadensis - Wilhelma Zoo - Stuttgart, Germany - DSC02120.jpg
Beaver (1975)[2]
North CarolinaSciurus carolinensis2.jpg
Eastern gray squirrel (1969)[37]
Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) (16747337145).jpg
Virginia opossum (marsupial) (2013)[38]
North Dakota
OhioWhite-tailed deer, Heath Ohio.JPG
White-tailed deer (1988)[39]
OklahomaAmerican bison k5680-1.jpg
Buffalo (1972)[40]
Tadarida brasiliensis.jpg
Mexican free-tailed bat (flying mammal) (2006)[41]
Procyon lotor (Common raccoon)2.jpg
Raccoon (furbearer) (1989)[40]
Odocoileus virginianus (white-tailed deer) 3 (8269173469).jpg
White-tailed deer (game animal) (1990)[40]
OregonCastor canadensis.jpg
Beaver (animal) (1969)[42]
PennsylvaniaWhite Tailed Deer (23073007566).jpg
White-tailed deer (1959)[43]
Rhode IslandCommon Seal Phoca vitulina.jpg
Harbor seal (2016)[44]
South CarolinaOdocoileus virginianus fawn, Owen Conservation Park, Madison, Wisconsin.jpg
White-tailed deer (1972)[43]
Tursiops truncatus 01.jpg
Bottlenose dolphin (2009)[45]
Nordkaper.jpg
Right whale (migratory marine mammal) (2009)[45]
Juancito.jpg
Mule (heritage work animal) (2010)[46]
South DakotaCoyote (Canis latrans) DSC1747vv.jpg
Coyote (animal)[47]
TennesseeProcyon lotor (Common raccoon)2.jpg
Raccoon (animal) (1971)[48]
TexasArmadillo1.jpg
Nine-banded armadillo (small mammal) (1995)[49]
Texas Longhorn Steer Rocksprings.jpg
Texas Longhorn (large mammal) (1995)[49]
Tadarida brasiliensis.jpg
Mexican Free-tailed Bat (flying mammal) (1995)[49]
UtahRocky Mountain Bull Elk.jpg
Rocky Mountain elk (animal) (1971)[50]
VermontRandall Cattle in Vermont.jpg
Randall Lineback (heritage livestock breed) (2005)[51]
VirginiaHealthy Virginia big-eared bat (4387622721).jpg
Virginia big-eared bat (bat) (2005)[52]
WashingtonKillerwhales jumping.jpg
Orca (2005)[53]
My Friend the Marmot (4241532773) flipped.jpg

Olympic marmot (endemic mammal) (2009)[54]

West VirginiaA Florida Black Bear.jpg
American black bear (animal) (1973)[55]
WisconsinTaxidea taxus (Point Reyes, 2007) cropped.jpg
American badger (animal) (1957)[56]
White-tailed deer.jpg
White-tailed deer (wildlife animal) (1957)[56]
Holstein heifer.jpg
Dairy cow (domestic animal) (1971)[56][note 2]
Wyoming
© Frank Schulenburg, CC BY-SA 4.0

American bison (1985)[57]

See also

References

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  3. ^ a b "Alaska's Kids' Corner: State Symbols". State of Alaska. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
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  13. ^ "Florida State Senate: Symbols, Page 3". Flsenate.gov. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
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  1. ^ The California Grizzly was declared extinct in 1924.
  2. ^ The Holstein-Friesian breed was the state dairy cow from 1972 to 1973. A different purebred breed is designated the "Cow of the Year" every June 1st, with the seven breeds taking turns.[56]

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Fox - British Wildlife Centre (17429406401).jpg
Author/Creator: Airwolfhound from Hertfordshire, UK, Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0
Fox - British Wildlife Centre.
Rocky Mountain Bull Elk.jpg
Rocky Mountain bull elk in Nebraska tall grass prairie
Killerwhales jumping.jpg
Kardszárnyú delfin
Nordkaper.jpg
Nordkaper (Eubalaena glacialis)
MaineCoonSilverTabby.jpg
Author/Creator: Barry Wom, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
Maine Coon Silver Tabby in snow
Texas Longhorn Steer Rocksprings.jpg
Author/Creator: Clinton & Charles Robertson from Del Rio, Texas & San Marcos, TX, USA, Licence: CC BY 2.0
One of several longhorn steers along HWY 377 just West of Rocksprings, TX.
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) California.jpg
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Bobcat (Lynx rufus), resting. Montana de Oro State Park, San Luis Obispo Co., California, USA. I have made several forays to catch this uninhibited cat. There has been lots of waiting involved, but often a sighting.
Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) (16747337145).jpg
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Backyard, Fairfield, Ohio
My Friend the Marmot (4241532773) flipped.jpg
Author/Creator: Helen Rickard from West Midlands, UK, Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0
An Olympic marmot
White Tailed Deer.jpg
Author/Creator: Clay Heaton, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
White Tailed Deer, Raleigh, NC
Armadillo1.jpg
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Armadillo from Oklahoma, USA
Oklahoma
White-tailed Deer (8047858676).jpg
Author/Creator: Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK, Licence: CC BY 2.0
White-tailed Deer
Gray Fox DSC6870.jpg
Author/Creator: VJAnderson, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
Gray Fox, Mount Charleston, southern Nevada
British shorthair with calico coat (1).jpg
(c) Rehman Abubakr, CC BY-SA 4.0
British shorthair with calico coat.
American bison k5680-1.jpg
Bison bison. Original caption: "scientists are helping users of American rangelands meet the challenge of managing multiple uses sustainably.")
Monachus schauinslandi.jpg
Author/Creator: N3kt0n, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
Foca monje de Hawai.
Common Seal Phoca vitulina.jpg
Author/Creator: Andreas Trepte, Licence: CC BY-SA 2.5
Common Seal
Holstein heifer.jpg
A Holstein heifer on pasture of a dairy farm in France
White tailed deer Nebraska.jpg
Young White-tailed deer with spotting.
FL fig04.jpg
A West Indian Manatee, a member of Order Sirenia in Florida waters.
Florida panther(2) (5164633462).jpg
Credit: Connie Bransilver
Grizzly Bear Family in Glacier National Park.jpg
Mother grizzly with two cubs in Glacier National Park, Montana, United States
Taxidea taxus (Point Reyes, 2007) cropped.jpg
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crop of File:Taxidea taxus (Point Reyes, 2007).jpg
Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis).jpg
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Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis).
White Tailed Deer (23073007566).jpg

NPS | Katy Cain

These deer use the bright white underside of their tails to signal to other deers. You can find them all over Big Meadows.
Eubalaena japonica3.jpg
Ballena franca del Pacífico norte (Eubalaena japonica); crop of original
Lasiurus cinereus semotus crop.jpg
Author/Creator: Forest & Kim Starr, Licence: CC BY 3.0
Lasiurus cinereus semotus image crop
Randall Cattle in Vermont.jpg
Photo taken by the page author, Phil Lang. Randall Cattle, Vermont
Castor canadensis - Wilhelma Zoo - Stuttgart, Germany - DSC02120.jpg
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Castor canadensis in the Wilhelma Zoo - Stuttgart, Germany.
Coyote (Canis latrans) DSC1747vv.jpg
Author/Creator: VJAnderson, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
Coyote (Canis latrans), western Washington State
Perdido Bay Dolphin 2007.jpg
A Bottlenose Dolphin at play in Perdido Bay, near Orange Beach, Baldwin County, Alabama in 2006.
Endangered Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus) (7636814558).jpg

Photo credit: Keith Ramos

Manatee resting at Three Sisters Springs (Crystal River NWR) while shading over a school of mangrove snappers.

The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, was established in 1983 specifically for the protection of the endangered West Indian Manatee. This unique refuge preserves the last unspoiled and undeveloped habitat in Kings Bay, which forms the headwaters of the Crystal River. The refuge preserves the warm water spring havens, which provide critical habitat for the manatee populations that migrate here each winter.

Wildlife Refuge, was established in 1983 specifically for the protection of the endangered West Indian Manatee. This unique refuge preserves the last unspoiled and undeveloped habitat in Kings Bay, which forms the headwaters of the Crystal River. The refuge preserves the warm water spring havens, which provide critical habitat for the manatee populations that migrate here each winter.
Tadarida brasiliensis.jpg
Mexican Free-tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis)
Bigbullmoose.jpg

Original description:

  • Title: Bull Moose (photo was taken in Chugach State Park, Alaska.)
  • Alternative Title: Alces alces
  • Publisher: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Contributor: ASSISTANT REGIONAL DIRECTOR-EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
  • Language: EN - ENGLISH
  • Rights: (public domain)
  • Audience: (general)
  • Subject: Moose
Juancito.jpg
Juancito (officially called Remonta Inesperado), which the photographer calls the best mule of Argentina, on an excursion on the Mitre Peninsula, in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. In the background is the remains of the SV Duchess of Albany, shipwrecked in 1893. Photograph taken in February 2006.
Tursiops truncatus 01.jpg
Bottlenose Dolphin - Tursiops truncatus A dolphin surfs the wake of a research boat on the Banana River - near the Kennedy Space Center.
American Morgan Horse cropped.jpg
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Morgan horse and rider at the Parade of Breeds, Kentucky Horse Park.
Deer Night.jpg
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Night shot of whitetail deer eating.
Desert Bighorn Sheep Joshua Tree cropped.JPG
(c) Magnus Kjaergaard, CC BY 3.0
Desert Bighorn Sheep(Ovis canadensis nelsoni) in Joshua Tree National Park.
California Grizzly Bear Statue Capitol Museum.jpg
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California Grizzly Bear Statue Capitol Museum
Healthy Virginia big-eared bat (4387622721).jpg
Single healthy Virginia big-eared bat in Hellhole, Pendleton County, WV


Credit: Jeff Hajenga, WVDNR
Castor canadensis.jpg
Author/Creator: LASZLO ILYES (laszlo-photo) from Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Licence: CC BY 2.0
I came across this handsome animal (Castor canadensis) on a recent fishing excursion. Unfortunately, I could not get a better shot of the tail, which is very broad and flat.
Grand River Beaver - Painesville, Ohio
A Florida Black Bear.jpg
An inquisitive Florida black bear has triggered a remote camera set by biologists. The bear is in the sand pine scrub of the Ocala National Forest, which supports the highest density population of black bears in North America.
American bison in Yellowstone National Park.jpg
© Frank Schulenburg, CC BY-SA 4.0
American bison ♂ (Bison bison bison) in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States. Only a week after this photo was taken, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act, officially making the American bison the national mammal of the United States. Please also notice the moose photobombing the bison on the left.
Odocoileus virginianus (white-tailed deer) 3 (8269173469).jpg
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Whitetail doe (Odocoileus virginianus) in summer coat, Newark, OH
Sperm whale pod.jpg
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A pod of sperm whales off the coast of Mauritius.