Animals in Minnesota

Minnesota, the midwestern U.S. state located along the northern shores of Lake Superior, is characterized by vast forests, prairies, and rolling hills. It is aptly named the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes’ with over 10 acres of the state’s northern region covered in 11,842 lakes. The southern part of Minnesota features fertile agricultural lands. Thousands of wildlife species and plants call this state their home.

The state has 6 national parks, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and Voyageurs National Park, which you can visit in search of the local wildlife. The Sax-Zim Bog is a great place to see birds.

Animals in Minnesota (MN)

List of Different Types of Animals Found in Minnesota 


Though cougars no longer live in Minnesota, they occasionally wander into the state’s borders from surrounding places. Caribous and wolverines used to be found here, but now their population has been extirpated.


The list includes both native residential and migratory birds.




  • Chinook Salmon
  • Coho Salmon
  • Bluegill
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Rock Bass
  • White Bass
  • Channel Catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Black Bullhead
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Walleye
  • Alligator Gar
  • American Eel
  • Northern Pike
  • Muskellunge
  • Black Crappie
  • White Crappie
  • Green Sunfish
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Yellow Perch
  • Sauger
  • Bowfin
  • Shovelnose Sturgeon
  • Lake Sturgeon
  • Atlantic Sturgeon
  • Arctic Char
  • Bullhead Minnow

Insects and Invertebrates

  • Monarch Butterfly
  • Red-spotted Purple
  • Rusty Patched Bumblebee
  • Yellowjacket
  • Paper Wasp
  • Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
  • American Cockroach
  • Velvet Ant
  • Carpenter Ant
  • Pavement Ant
  • Silverfish
  • Weevil
  • Larder Beetle
  • Indian Meal Moth
  • Polyphemus Moth
  • Mayflies
  • Praying Mantes
  • Red Velvet Mite
  • Dark Fishing Spider
  • Cellar Spider
  • Brown Recluse
  • Ticks
  • Bed Bugs
State Animals of Minnesota

State Animals of Minnesota 

State BirdCommon Loon
State FishWalleye
State ButterflyMonarch Butterfly
State BeeRusty Patched Bumblebee


What are the most dangerous animals in Minnesota? 

Large predatory animals like black bears, coyotes, and wolves are some of the deadliest animals in the state. Then there are the venomous species of snakes and spiders – eastern Massasauga, timber rattlesnake, black widow, and brown recluse.

What animals in Minnesota are threatened or endangered?

Several animals are considered to be threatened or endangered in the state, including the Canada lynx, moose, slender glass lizard, Blanding’s turtle, wood turtle, and Blanchard’s cricket frog.

What are some common nocturnal animals in Minnesota? 

Wolves, bobcats, coyotes, bats, flying squirrels, owls, and raccoons are a few of the animals in Minnesota you will likely encounter at night.

What are some common invasive animals in Minnesota?

There are plenty of invasive insects in Minnesota that are threatening the native ecosystem. These include the Emerald ash borer, Asian-Long horned beetle, and Brown marmorated stink bug. The black carp and tilapia are two invasive fish species, while the mute swan is an invasive bird.

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