A Desk Day with an Exciting Finish - UPDATE February 8, 2018

It was a desk day, making progress but sometimes having to think or take a short nap to keep the old brain working. While thinking, the wildlife out the window grabs my attention as my subconscious processes what I should write next.ChickadeeChickadee A chickadee landed where the camera on my desk was already aimed. It caught the chickadee leaping up but the camera was too zoomed in to get the whole bird. Good try.

About to go home a little after 8, the piece of 39 cents a pound chicken I’d put out was gone. I spied the gray fox with it and got the camera. Then the first red fox I’d seen in a very long time appeared in the yard light. It was full-furred and bigger than the gray fox. It looked at me in the window and ran. The gray fox tore after it to run it off. If they keep coming, maybe I’ll learn something about how they interact. I know the picture is blurry, but it does prove it was here.Red FoxRed Fox

An article in the Ely Timberjay weekly newspaper last week was about the number of gray foxes that have been seen lately and how few red foxes. I don’t know of any gray foxes being seen in this area before 2007. It’s always been red foxes here. The range map of the gray fox shows them nearly 200 miles away whenever the map was made.

No bear news today.

Thank you for all you do.

Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center