Peggy, Foxes, Raccoon, Deer, Owl, and Bucky - UPDATE March 14, 2018

When I go home, Peggy perks up. She loves seeing wildlife and how they interact. It’s kind of what she lives for. It might be why she volunteers as the assistant bookkeeper. Red FoxRed FoxIt’s the same thing that keeps Bear Course participants up late. Last night, one by one, the actors arrived. Two gray foxes, a red fox, a raccoon, a perplexed deer, and a barred owl. When I’m not here to guard my camera, Peggy grabs it and fills the card with pictures. Last night, she was ready with chicken and slabs of bacon on the second floor deck and corn scattered for deer out the living room window.

A red fox arrived and kept looking and smelling up a tree where a feeder held the bacon. But red foxes don’t climb trees, and it hasn’t ever climbed the steps to that deck. Meanwhile a deer arrived for the corn. The fox didn’t mind the deer, but the deer warily watched the fox at first before eating corn with the fox a few feet away. Then the deer looked ready to use a hoof on the fox as the fox dug in the snow facing away from the deer. The deer didn’t kick but shortly chased the fox away for the night.

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Two gray foxes arrived. They will go up on the second floor deck as one did last night for the chicken we’ve been putting out (39 cents a pound). She clicked as it was looking at the piece of chicken.Gray foxGray fox

Gray fox with chickenGray fox with chickenThe next scene was a raccoon that took a slab of bacon and then wondered how to get down from the railing after it used both paws to hang onto the bacon. Somehow it succeeded and took the bacon somewhere never to be seen again. The raccoon is a sign of spring.

Then the barred owl landed at 3 AM with enough light from the yard lights for Peggy to prove she saw it. It takes a night owl to see an owl.

Still thinking about Bucky and his life. We had thought about captivity for him, but he only knew the wild life and was frantic in the trap once he was done eating and realized there was no way out. He repeatedly rammed into the sides of the cage in his bolts for freedom. Captivity would have meant drugging him every month to trim his teeth. I don’t know if removing his incisors was an option. He already had a hole up through his nasal passage and another partway to his brain. I think euthanasia was the most humane option, but it is sad to think of what he lived through.

Thank you for putting the PTZ camera donations over the top. And thank you to the Lily Fans who started the fundraiser.

Thank you for all you do.

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