Large animals like Mule Deer get most of the attention, but Mancos State Park is home to more than 50 species of small mammals from the tiny Dwarf Shrew to the lumbering Porcupine, as well as several Bat species.
One of the more curious of Mancos’s furry little friends is the Abert’s Squirrel, affectionately called a "squabbit" due to its ear tufts that give the appearance of long, rabbit-like ears (pictured on the right).
Also, be on the lookout for the park’s most voracious predator! No, it’s not the bear or even the mountain lion . . . how about the Weasel? Not the first creature to come to mind, I’m sure, but the weasel is always on the prowl. The Long-tailed Weasel has even been known to hunt rabbits (which can be 2-3 times the size of a weasel).