Ted, Bears, Foxes, and a Wolf - UPDATE October 30, 2018

At the Bear Center, Taught by Bears caught a 1:45-minute video of Ted deftly cracking an egg open, licking it up, and finally eating the shell. Gray FoxGray foxhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-br1b1T8rPw

Out the window, two yearling male bears are still fattening up.

Gray foxes, four now, have learned that we are the only feeder in the community with dates and are now making us their second most popular spot. A resident who feeds chicken is most popular with seven, plus a red fox or two. We’d never heard of a gray fox around here before 2007. According to The Mammals of Minnesota book by Evan Hazard (1982), this is the northern edge of their range, while red foxes range up to the arctic ocean. Gray foxes prefer dense deciduous forest and in Minnesota are most common in the southeastern part of the state.

Black wolfBlack wolfA few days ago, I saw a black wolf with a skinny tail run across the highway and leap into the woods a few miles from here. Not a common sight. Late this morning, he was here, mangy and skinny with little fur on his legs, tail, and much of his body. I’m not sure what we can do to help him with winter coming. We’ll see if he keeps coming and keep an eye out for a road-killed deer.

Thank you for all you do.

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