UCCS Fauna

The following is a list of animal species reported or observed at UCCS.

Though UCCS property is bordered by urban development many species still their homes at this location and the environment is suitable for many more.


mountain lion, Puma concolor.  2003 - 2012.  Sightings by residents and custodial crew when the sun rises.

gray wolf, Canis lupus.  1932.  Mentioned on page 89 in Wolcott (1932).   Wolves were basically wiped-out in Colorado in the 1940's.

bobcat, Lynx rufus.  2012.  Sightings of a female with two cubs by residents.  There are sightings throughout Colorado Springs and they most likely use this greenway.

black bear, Ursus americanus.  1999 - 2013.  Numerous sightings over the years to include cubs by residents, custodial crew.  There are sightings throughout Colorado Springs and they most likely use this greenway.

coyote, Canis latrans.  1992 - 2017.  Numerous sightings and being heard by residents.  Cited in Wolcott (1932) and according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.  In 2012-2013 it is noted that coyote sightings have increased while red fox sightings have decreased.

red fox, Vulpes vulpes.  1992 - 2013.  Numerous sightings and dead foxes on Austin Bluffs Parkway over the years and year round.  Also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.

little brown bat, Myotis lucifugus.  1999 - 2018.  Seen climbing the side of Columbine Hall through 3rd floor window, 1999.  In McKay (1991) on page 169 he talks about bats being in Main Hall around early 1960's and again on page 172 in the late 1970's.  One seen July 2018.

Nuttall's cottontail, Sylvilagus nuttallii.  1992 - 2018.  Numerous sightings year round. 

fox squirrel, Sciurus niger.  1992 - 2018.  Numerous sightings over the years and year round. Can be seen eating out of trash cans and dumpsters.

rock squirrel, Otepermophilus variegatus.  1992 - 2018.  Numerous sightings year round.  They could be easily seen even walking Mountain Lion Way to the intersection of Mountain Lion Way/Stanton and a couple even lived on the northwest end of Centennial Hall.  However the expansion of the built-up area has killed most of them including the largest presences which is not the site for the Parking Garage and Recreational Field. Currently a few can be seen by CBS and their echoing voices can be heard occasionally. 

northern pocket gopher, Thomomys talpoides.  2006 - 2018.  2013 at Heller Center property by Judith Rice-Jones and confirmed by Dr. Pigage, mammologist.

prairie vole, Microtus ochrogaster.  1992 - 2009.  Numerous sighting but the expansion of the build up area of the campus has destroyed many of the colonies.  They use to live next to the Engineering building, northwest side of CSB and behind the Centennial building but were all killed during the building rennovations.

meadow vole, Microtus pennsylvanicus.  1992 - 2013.  Sighting in wet ground in drainage area near bldg 20/CITTI bldg.  The expansion of the build up area of the campus has destroyed many of the colonies.  Some try to expand into the built-up areas but never last like on the West lawn.

Mexican woodrat, Neotoma mexicana.  1941 - 2015.  McKay (1983) refers to pack rats in the main building in 1941 on page 124.  Also caught by Dr. Pigage mammologist in Centennial Hall before 2009.  Dead rat found by Student employee for Outdoor Services, August 13, 2014 on the west lawn of Dwire Hall.  Specimen in Dr. Pigage's mammalogy museum.  Dead rat found by Joe Dutton, Outdoor Services, March 26, 2015 on the east side of CSB in wooded area.  Specimen in Dr. Pigage's mammalogy museum. 

house mouse, Mus musculus.  1002 - 2018.  Numerous mice were being caught in Centennial Hall before it was renovated in 2006.  According to the Orkin pest control staff members house mice are still being trapped throughout the campus (2013).  Leissner and Albert 2013 Upper Plaza.

deer mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus.  1992 - 2018.   Caught and released winter 2012.  Identification verified by Dr. Pigage, mammologist.  Numerous being caught by residents. 

porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum.  2003.  Sightings by Eagle rock residents.

raccoon, Procyon lotor.  2003 - 2016.  Sightings by Eagle rock residents.

striped skunk, Mephitis mephitis.  1992 - 2018.  Numerous sightings or smelled over the years.

mule deer, Odocoileus hemionus.  1992 - 2018.  Numerous sightings over the years.  Also according to "Cragmor:  Flora" website.


On page 105  Mckay (1983) describes a time when birds were plentiful in the mid 1920s.  He suggest that typically 60  and up to 107 birds were seen.

red-tailed hawk, Buteo jamaicensis.   1992 to 2018.   Also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.

northern goshawk, Accipiter gentilis.  2002.  Picked up an immature goshawk after he knocked himself out while chasing a rock dove into a Main Hall window 2002.  The hawk was checked by a vet, fed and later released.

Pigeons & Doves
rock dove, Columba livia.  1992 - 2016.
mourning dove, Zenaida macroura.  1992 - 2018.  Also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.

great horned owl
, Bubo virginianus.  2003.  Sightings by residents and owl pellets found and given to Dr. Pigage for identification, 2003.

rufus hummingbird
, Selasphorus rufus. 1992 - 2018.  They migrate and return every year.
broad tailed hummingbird, Selasphorus platycercus.  1992-2018.  Identified by Dan Lykins May 2013 while on a campus hike.

Woodpeckers:  "woodpeckers" by Low 1926-28.
downy woodpecker, Picoides pubescens. 1992 - 2018.
northern flicker, Colaptes auratus.  1992 - 2018.  Year round and heard drumming
red-naped sapsucker, Sphyrapicus nuchalis.    2012.

American kestrelFalco sparverius.  2013.  Sitting on a light pole behind Keystone House.

western kingbird
, Tyrannus verticalis.   According to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.

great blue heron, Ardea herodias.  2013.   Flying over campus.

Jays & Crows
black-billed magpie
, Pica pica.  1992 - 2018.  Also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.
pinyon jay, Aphelocoma californica.  1992 - 2018.  Also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.
blue jay, Cyanocitta cristata.   1992 - 2018.  Also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.
Steller's jay,  Cyanocitta stelleri.  2012 - 2018.
American crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos.  1992 - 2018.  Also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.
common raven, Corvus corax.  1992 - 2018.

horned or meadow lark,
Eremophila alpestris.   According to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website they saw a meadow lark.   However, the checklist of Colorado birds shows only the horned lark lives in El Paso county.

violet-green swallow
, Tachycineta thalassina.  1992 - 2013 and also  according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.

Chickadees:  1926 - 28.  "chickadees" by Low 1926-28
black-capped chickadee, Poecile atricapillus.  1992 - 2018.
mountain chickadee,
Poecile gambeli.  1992 - 2018.   Identified by Dan Lykins May 2013 during a campus hike.

, Psaltriparus minimus.  2013 - 2018According to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.  Identified by Dan Lykins May 2013 during a campus hike.

Nuthatch:  (Low 1926-28)  
white-breasted nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis.  1992 - 2018.

brown creeper
, Certhia americana.  1926 - 2013.  "Creeper" by Low 1926-28 and 2013.

house wren,
Troglodytes aedon.    According to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.

blue-gray gnatcatcher
, Polioptila caerulea.  According to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.

ruby-crowned kinglet
, Regulus calendula.    2006.  Found dead.

American robin
, Turdus migratiorius.   1927 - 2018.  A "white robin" by Low 1927,  sightings 1992 - 2013 and  also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.  Leissner and Albert 2013.

northern mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos.   1927.  A "mockingbird" by Low 1927 

European starling
s, Sturnus vulgaris.  1992 - 2013.

cedar waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum.    1926 - 28.  "Waxwings" identified in Low 1926-28 and  according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.

Seiurus aurocapillus:  2006.  Found dead.

Sparrows:  (Low 1926-28)
dark-eyed Junco,  Junco hyemalis.  1992 - 2018.
song sparrow, Melospiza melodia.  According to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.
Green-tailed Towhee, Pipilo chlorurus 2013.  Behind COB in the Gambel oak.
eastern or rufous sided towhee, Pipilo erythrophthalmus.   1926 - 2018.  "Towhee" identified in Low 1926-28.  
house sparrow, Passer domesticus.  1992 - 2018.
chipping sparrow, Spizella passerine.  2013.  Dan Lykins biology instructor found dead at Main Hall May 2013.

blackheaded grosbeak,
Pheucticus melanocephalus.  1926 - 2015.  "Grosbeak" identified in Low 1926-28 and sighting 2006, 2015.

common grackle
, Quiscalus quiscula.   According to "Cragmor:  Fauna"
Bullock’s oriole, Icterus bullockii.  2013 for about a month.  Probably migrating through.
Baltimore oriole, Icterus galbula.   According to "Cragmor:  Fauna"

Finches:  (Low 1926-28)
American goldfinch, Carduelis tristis. 1999 - 2018.  Also, according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.
house finche, Carpodacus mexicanus.  1992 - 2018.  Also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.


night snake, Hypsiglena torquata.  2012.  Sighting and photographed on concrete walkway on main campus by a student April 14, 2012.

western or prairie rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis.  2015 - 2018.  Custodian killed one according to Facilities newsletter 2013. 

bull snake, Pituophis catenifer sayi.  2013 - 2010.  Road kill on Eagle Rock road near Lot 11 and Lot 14 and 2010 by Dr. Havlick.

plains garter snake, Thamnophis radix.  1992 - 2018.  Every year I will see one beside or crossing the road.

prairie or fence lizard, Sceloporus undalatus.  1992 - 2018.


ARTHOPODS:  Insect orders
oleoptera, family coccinellidae:  about 80 species in Colorado

  • lady beetles

Coleoptera, family carabidae:  about 406 species in Colorado

  • common ground beetle, Harpulus sp.

Coleoptera, family cicindelidae:  about 35 species in Colorado

  • tiger beetles

Coleoptera, family cantharidae:

  • goldenrod soldier beetles, Chauliognathus sp.

Diptera, family syrphidae:  about 200 species in Colorado

  • flower flies

Coleoptera, family myrmeleontidae:  about 50 species in Colorado

  • lacewings


Hemiptera, family reduviidae:  about 32 species in Colorado

  • assassin bugs
  • bee hunter, Apiomerus sp.

midrib gall wasp, Adleria dimorpha.  2013.
honey bee, Apis sp.  1992-2013.
bumble bee, Bombus sp. 1992 - 2013.
velvet ant or cow killer, Dasymutilla sp.   2012.
harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex sp. 1992-2013.
paper wasp, Polistes sp.  1992 - 2013.
yucca moth, Tegeticulla yuccasella. 
yellow jacket, Vespula sp.
spider wasps.  1992 - 2013


Mantidae, family mantidae:  7 species in Colorado


ARTHOPODS:  Non-insect orders

Arachnida, family araneae:  about 600 species in Colorado

  • jumping spiders

Opiliones: daddy longlegs


  • common striped bark scorpion, Centruroides vittatus.   1992 - 2013.  Numerous ones found every year in Centennial and Dwire Hall by Michael Friloux. 

class chilopoda:  about 25 species in Colorado

house centipede, Scutigera sp.  1993 - 2010.  Numerous ones found in Centennial by Michael Friloux.
giant desert centipede Summer 2013 by Lance Hank, custodian.

REFERENCES:  if not specified the animals were identified by the author.

Albert, Katherine R.  Student Assistant II at UCCS.  Colorado Springs, CO.  2013.

Douglas R.  Asylum of the Gilded Pill.  Colorado: State historical Society of Colorado, 1983.  Print.

Friloux, Michael.  Custodian Centennial Hall at UCCS. Colorado Springs, CO.  1998-2013.

Hank, Lance.  Custodian III at UCCS.  Colorado Springs, CO.  2008-2013

Havlick, David.  Assistant Professor Columbine Hall at UCCS.  Colorado Springs, CO.  2006 - 2013.

Leissner, Jennifer L.  Student Assistant II at UCCS.  Colorado Springs, CO.  2013.

Low, Myrtle K. Cragmor resident from September 1926 to most of 1928.  See page 105 and 106 in  McKay,

Lykins, Dan.  Instructor Osborne Center at UCCS.  Colorado Springs, CO.  2012-2013. 

McKay, Douglas R.  Asylum of the Gilded Pill.  Colorado: State historical Society of Colorado, 1983.  Print.

n.p.  "Cragmor:  Fauna."  University of Colorado Colorado Springs, August 2005 Web. 18 May 2012.

Pigage, Jon.  Assistant Professor Osborne Center at UCCS.  Colorado Springs, CO.  1994 - 2013.

Rice-Jones, Judith.  Retired faculty Kraemer Family library and Garden Master at UCCS.  Colorado Springs, CO.  1981-2013.

Smith, Curtis.  "Faculty Representative Assembly Meeting:  Bird walk.    University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 15 March 2007  Web. 18 May 2012.

Wolcott, Frances Metcalfe.  Heritage of Years:  Kaleidoscopic Memories.  Minton, Balch & Co., 1932.  Print.