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Top 10 Places to See Wildlife in North America

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A North American porcupine climbs a tree in Acadia National Park, Maine.
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3. Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia maintains much of Mount Desert Island and associated smaller islands off the Atlantic coast as wildlife reserves

There you will walk among more than 40 different species of mammals.

For a partial roll call … red and gray squirrels, chipmunks, white-tailed deer, moose, beaver, porcupines, muskrats, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, and black bears.

(Beavers had been trapped to extinction on the island, but two pairs of beaver that were released in 1920 by George B. Dorr at the brook between Bubble Pond and Eagle Lake have repopulated it.)

Excavations of old Native American sites in the Mount Desert Island region have yielded remains of domesticated dogs … and one extinct creature called a sea mink.

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