Cuyahoga Valley National Park contains over 33,000 acres of land. The wild animals have access to the forest, fields, and rivers. If they are looking for shelter, food, water and open areas, they can get it all in the wetland habitats. The wildlife of any park will be very much dependent on the past, and how the land was used.

Over the years, organizations who have managed the Cuyahoga Valley, have tried to enhance the water quality, and keep the wetlands a place that will attract wildlife. The waters used to be very polluted, and the animals could not live there. However, as large amounts of recent improvements have been put into practice, it has become a wildlife wonderland. One can find many rare and endangered species seeking shelter in the Cuyahoga River Valley.

In the year of 2002, scientists recorded a sighting of the known endangered Indian Bat. Today, the bats are in grave danger in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There is a disease called the White-Nose Syndrome, which affects the bats who are hibernating in caves.

The returning fish populations have made the perfect place for Bald Eagles breed since 2007. The Bald Eagles are now able to feed and nest effectively. The Peregrine Falcons nest underneath bridges, that are elevated above the river. The Blanding’s Turtle, and the Spotted Turtle have both been sighted in the Lower Cuyahoga Valley.

There are so many different animals that one might see on their trip to Cuyahoga. There are mammals, amphibians, birds, and fish. This is all an obvious outcome of the improved water quality. The River Otter favors unpolluted water, along with the fish.These two water dwelling animals have discovered a place to survive. That is in the Beaver Marsh, which is located on the Towpath Trail.

Muskrat, mink, coyote, deer and raccoons are all animals one might have a glimpse of, in the Cuyahoga Valley. Any animal lover will love the adventure of exploring the wildlife in Cuyahoga Valley.