One of the most common animals that can be seen in Goosenecks State Park is the mule deer. These graceful large mammals are found throughout Utah’s mountains and deserts and are a familiar sight to visitors of the park. Mule deer have distinctive white tails and are easily identified by their size; males can weigh up to 300 pounds! In the summer months, they can be seen grazing in meadows and foraging for food. In the winter, they move to higher elevations in search of food and shelter.
Another animal found in the park is the pronghorn antelope, which are often mistaken for mule deer. These animals are lighter colored than their cousins and have shorter ears. They are incredibly fast runners and can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour! Pronghorn antelope live in herds and are frequently seen grazing along the open grasslands of Goosenecks State Park.
Mountain lions are an iconic part of the American West and can occasionally be seen in Goosenecks State Park. These large cats are excellent hunters and are known to take down animals such as deer, elk, and even bighorn sheep! They are most commonly observed around dawn or dusk when they are actively hunting for food. Mountain lions are solitary animals and are very rarely seen in groups.