They may never see the more exotic wildlife, such as the endangered salt marsh harvest mice in Hoffman Marsh, but many visitors to Point Isabel (PI) are familiar with several common creatures.
People often encounter skunks near the bridge at dusk and whole skunk families have been seen in the field across from Mudpuppy’s. These mild, pretty creatures have poor eyesight, are omnivorous and nocturnal, and live up to four years. When threatened, they can spray a noxious fluid up to 10 feet from their anal glands. They can also carry rabies. Just give them space; if you see one, grab your dog and go the other way.
The squat little mammals with big front teeth whose burrows perforate Point Isabel are pocket gophers. They eat plants, are loners except when breeding or nursing, and can live for three years. Other PI rodents include ground squirrels and tree squirrels, the East Bay’s ubiquitous rats, and possibly the occasional mouse or vole.
Rattlesnakes prefer the hills and inlands, but PI has...