M is for Mouse and More - UPDATE November 10, 2017

An alert Lily Mod spotted a mysterious M in the snow at the Bear Center and captured a picture with the PTZ cam. The foot tracks are red squirrels, but the lines are a mystery. They are the right size for a mouse plowing through soft snow. Did the mouse make an M for a clue? Deer with broken antlerDeer with broken antlerI would have thought it would be a vole, but if it’s M for mouse, I’ll go with that. A mystery of nature.

The sighting of Quill on November 5 turned out to be his last for the year. Two years in a row, he was the last bear to be seen in the community. November 18 last year and November 5 this year.

M for Mouse?M for Mouse?Out the window, I think the young buck with a broken antler is the same one that jabbed a young doe in the chest. It’s mating season. Could he have tangled with a more formidable set of antlers?

Deer around here typically shed antlers in late December, January, or February. This one just broke off.

It was a day of paperwork and cold with a starting temperature just below zero°F. 17°F now.

Thank you for all you do.

Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North

Share this post

Submit to DeliciousSubmit to DiggSubmit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to StumbleuponSubmit to TechnoratiSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedInSend by Email