Tasha Very Active, Deer - UPDATE April 8, 2018

Tasha was obsessed. I think it was a willow. I think she wanted bedding. She trashed the pond-side bush, trying to break branches off it, but they were too bendy. She’d give up and try again, over and over. Great capture by Toni. WoodchuckWoodchuckEventually, she settled down at her bed at the base of the safest tree in the enclosure—the big white pine that we purposely included when we put up the fence. It is perfectly situated, visible from the viewing deck and within range for the PTZ camera to zoom in. Good camera work. https://youtu.be/UasVMl65zvk

Out the window, a big surprise was the woodchuck looking in the window at me just 4 feet away but gone before I could focus the camera. A picture through the door window proves he/she was really up on the second floor deck.

The deer were most dramatic, though, 16 of them. The most I’ve seen here. I poured corn, scattering it. They started to eat. Then they scattered with tails flared. A red fox appeared, but only a glimpse. I remember pictures of a red fox ignoring a deer and vice versa until the deer chased it away. Today, the deer were afraid and stood watching the fox for a long time with tails flared and the fox out of my sight. Then it or another appeared out on the lake running. Shortly another came running after it. I suspect it is mating season even though the morning started at 6°F.

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Thank you for all you do.

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

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