Ted, Deer, Red Fox - UPDATE February 17, 2018

When Ted had a pleasant day in the sun a couple days ago with the temperature in the 40’s F, he was captured in this nice video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoJB9RXlyFI. Red Fox by Peggy StubbsRed Fox by Peggy Stubbs

Out the window, a herd of deer was running across the lake yesterday. Surprised to see nearly a dozen hanging out together where there wasn’t food to bring them together, I wondered if deer sometimes got together to feel safer with more eyes watching for wolves. Nope. There were several chases to run deer off from the group. The group was down to one family by the time they reached the other side. I’d never seen that before. Maybe the driver for group size is amount of food. But where corn brings them together, hungry deer risk some aggression to ingest fuel for the cold. Today, 14 of them were feeding quite peacefully on the corn spread out in the yard. Only 9 of them show in the picture.Deer at the WRIDeer at the WRI

Our night-owl caught a nice shot of the red fox in the yard light at 2:30 AM this morning. It’s the same red fox with the scar on its muzzle, the only one we’ve seen. It’s getting less skittish now, watching Peggy in the window as she clicked.

Thank you for all you do.

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