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Mammal Symbols

Mammals are among the most popular ecosymbols, or symbols of Nature. They rank with birds as the most popular animal symbols symbols among countries, states, provinces, etc.

Let’s take a brief tour of Mammals of state.

National Mammals ˆ

U.S. State Mammals ˆ

The only U.S. states with no official mammal are Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota. The other 47 states are represented by a total of 97 officially designated mammals, an average of a little more than two apiece. (South Carolina has six.)

These include 44 domestic animals (22 dogs, 14 horses, 2 mules, 3 cattle, and 3 cats), one groundhog, and one cartoon character (Pogo ’Possum). (I did not include generic designations, such as “shelter pets.”)

Six states are represented by domestic mammals only: Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Dakota, and Vermont.

As indicated in the “Designation” column, the titles give these synbols are quite varied. The seven symbols without specific titles were simply designated the official “mammal.”

List of State Mammals
State Species Designation
Alabama black bear (Ursus americanus) 2006
  manatee (Trichechus manatus) Marine Mammal 2009
  Racking Horse (Equus caballus) Horse 1975
Alaska moose (Alces alces) Land Mammal 1998
  bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) Marine Mammal 1983
  Alaskan Malamute (Canis lupus familiaris) Dog 2010
Arizona ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) 1986
Arkansas white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 1993
California California grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) Animal 1953
  gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) Marine Mammal 1975
Colorado Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) Animal 1961
Connecticut sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) Animal 1975
Delaware gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) Wildlife Animal 2010
  Dog (Canis lupus familiaris) Golden Retriever 2016
Florida Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi) Animal 1982
  manatee (Trichechus manatus) Marine Mammal 1975
  porpoise (bottle nosed dolphin) (Tursiops truncatus) Saltwater Mammal 1975
  cracker horse (Equus caballus) Heritage Horse 2008
Georgia white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 2015
  right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) Marine Mammal 1985
  Pogo ’Possum (Didelphis virginiana) ’Possum 2002
Hawaii Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) 2008
  humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Marine Mammal 1979
  Hawaiian hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus semotus) Land mammal 2015
Idaho Appaloosa (Equus caballus) Horse 1975
Illinois white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Animal 1982
Indiana (none)
Iowa (none)
Kansas bison (Bison bison) Animal 1955
Kentucky gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) Wild Animal Game Species 1968
  Thoroughbred (Equus caballus) Horse 1996
Louisiana Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus) 1992
  Catahoula Leopard Dog (Canis lupus familiaris) Dog 1979
Maine moose (Alces alces) Animal 1979
  Maine Coon Cat (Felis catus) Cat 1985
Maryland Thoroughbred (Equus caballus) Horse 2003
  Chesapeake Bay Retriever (Canis lupus familiaris) Dog 1964
  Calico Cat (Felis catus) Cat 2001
Massachusetts right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) Marine Mammal 1980
Ms. G (Marmota monax) Groundhog 2014
  Morgan Horse (Equus caballus) Horse 1970
  Boston Terrier (Canis lupus familiaris) Dog 1979
  Tabby Cat (Felis catus) Cat 1988
Michigan white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Game Mammal 1997
Minnesota (none)
Mississippi white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Land Mammal 1974
  red fox (Vulpes vulpes) Land Mammal 1997
  bottlenosed dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Water Mammal 1974
Missouri Missouri mule (Equus) Animal 1995
  Missouri Fox Trotting Horse (Equus caballus) Horse 2002
Montana grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) Animal 1983
Nebraska white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 1981
Nevada desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) Animal 1973
New Hampshire white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Animal 1983
  bobcat (Lynx rufus) Wildcat 2015
  Chinook (Canis lupus familiaris) Dog 2009
New Jersey horse (Equus caballus) Animal 1977
New Mexico black bear (Ursus americanus) Animal 1963
New York beaver (Castor canadensis) Animal 1975
North Carolina gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) 1969
  Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginianus) Marsupial 2013
  colonial Spanish mustang (Equus caballus) Horse 2011
  Plott Hound (Canis lupus familiaris) Dog 1989
North Dakota Nokota Horse (Equus caballus) Honorary State Equine 1993
Ohio white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Animal 1988
Oklahoma bison (Bison bison) Animal 1972
  white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Game Animal 1990
  raccoon (Procyon lotor) Furbearer 1989
  Mexican free tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) Flying Mammal 2006
Oregon beaver (Castor canadensis) Animal 1969
Pennsylvania white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Animal 1959
  Great Dane (Canis lupus familiaris) Dog 1965
Rhode Island Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) Marine mammal 2016
South Carolina white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Animal 1972
  bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Marine Mammal 2009
  northern right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) Migratory Marine Mammal 2009
  Boykin Spaniel (Canis lupus familiaris) Dog 1985
  Marsh tacky (Equus caballus) Heritage Horse 2010
  Mule (Equus asinus x Equus caballus) Heritage Work Animal 2010
South Dakota coyote (Canis latrans) Animal 1949
Tennessee raccoon (Procyon lotor) Wild Animal 1972
  Tennessee Walking Horse (Equus caballus) 2000
Texas longhorn (Bos taurus) Large Mammal 1995
  nine banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) Small Mammal 1995
  Mexican free tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) Flying Mammal 1995
  Blue Lacy (Canis lupus familiaris) Dog 2005
  American quarter horse (Equus caballus) Horse 2009
Utah Rocky Mountain elk (Cervus elaphus) Animal 1971
Vermont Morgan Horse (Equus caballus) Animal 1961
Randall lineback breed of cattle (Bos primigenius) Heritage Breed of Livestock 2006
Virginia Virginia big eared bat (Plecotus townsendii) Bat 2005
  American Foxhound (Canis lupus familiaris) Dog 1966
Washington Olympic marmot (Marmota olympus) Endemic Mammal 2009
  orca (Orcinus orca) Marine Mammal 2005
West Virginia black bear (Ursus americanus) Animal 1973
Wisconsin badger (Taxidea taxus) Animal 1957
  white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Wildlife Animal 1957
  American Water Spaniel (Canis lupus familiaris) Dog 1985
  dairy cow (Bos taurus) Domestic Animal 1971
Wyoming bison (Bison bison) 1985

Canada ˆ

List of Provincial Mammals
Province Species Designation
Alberta Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis)   1989
British Columbia Spirit bear (Ursus americanus kermodei)   2006
Manitoba plains bison (Bison bison bison)   2014
Newfoundland Newfoundland pony (Equus caballus) Heritage Animal 1997
  Newfoundland Dog and Labrador Retriever (Canis lupus familiaris) DOG???
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (Canis lupus familiaris) Dog 1995
  Sable Island Horse (Equus caballus) Horse 2008
Nunavut Canadian Inuit dog (Canis lupus familiaris) Animal 2000
Saskatchewan white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Animal 2001

Japan ˆ

List of Prefectural Mammals
Prefecture Symbol  
Ehime river otter (Lutra lutra)
Miyagi sika deer (Cervus nippon) 1965
Nagano Japanese serow (Naemorhedus crispus)
Tochigi Japanese serow (Naemorhedus crispus)
Toyama Japanese serow (Naemorhedus crispus) 1975
Yamaguchi Honshu deer (sika deer) (Cervus nippon) 1964

Other Mammals of State ˆ

Check back now and then; I will be adding more lists for some time.

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