Work, Wildlife, a Woeful Squirrel, and Snow - UPDATE February 23, 2018

Working at my desk, highlights today were a visit by Jim Stroner and the usual wildlife out the window. The woeful squirrel appeared again for a picture. He is worse off than I thought. Red SquirrelRed squirrelThe picture shows two teeth overgrown in different directions. He doesn’t walk as smoothly and well coordinated as the other squirrels. From the injury on his muzzle, I suspect he is unable to compete and has been beat up. I’d like to live-trap him and find help, but we don’t see him every day, and I suspect we’d disrupt a lot of other squirrels in the process. He was eating soft date mash on this warmer day (28°F). A dilemma.

Red squirrel with bad teethRed squirrel with bad teethSnow fell gently on this windless day—probably over two feet beginning Sunday. Someone asked how much snow has fallen in a single snowfall in Minnesota. Peggy looked it up. Forty-six and a half inches fell in a single storm during January 6-8, 1994 with 36 inches of that in 24 hours on January 7. That was 56 miles southeast of here near Finland, Minnesota.

Thank you for all you do.

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

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