At least 20 mammal species live in or pass through Cypress Park. Those most likely to be seen by visitors include Douglas squirrels, Northwestern chipmunks, black bears, black-tailed deer, and coyotes. The tracks of weasels, martens, and snowshoe hares may be seen in winter. Other species include flying squirrels, deer mice, bushy-tailed woodrats, shrews and voles. There have been rare sightings of lynx, bobcats, cougars, and mountain goats. Pikas used to be seen in rocky areas on Black and Strachan mountains, but have not been seen for several years. Please report sightings of less common animals to FCPP.

Four amphibian species inhabit the park: northwestern salamander (commonly seen in the park’s many ponds and lakes), western red-backed salamander, Pacific tree frog (often heard but seldom seen), and tailed frog, a blue-listed (vulnerable) species. Garter snakes are seen occasionally.

The Yew Lake area provides good opportunity for dragonfly/damselfly viewing, including the rare black petaltail dragonfly. In 1999, the first recorded breeding site in Canada of this rare dragonfly was found at Cypress by Vancouver Natural History Society members Rex Kenner and Ian Lane. Many species of moths and butterflies can also be seen at Cypress.

For more information, see the 1974 Cypress Interpretive Assessment, the1992 Cypress Park Background Document, and the 1992 Talisman Assessment listed in Reports/Articles.


Bears, Black Mt. ski slope, Stephen Partington photo

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