Night Life, Eagles, and Bears - UPDATE October 31, 2019

Our night shift observer, Peggy Stubbs, reported that Halloween started at midnight with a visit from a bear who nobody knows Scaredy catScaredy catbut those who see him call him Scaredy Cat because he is so shy. Peggy got a picture through a small window of him on the scale (193 pound), but the bear spotted her holding the camera. Three hours later, the scale had 3 young raccoons, weighing 14, 17, and 19 pounds.

Daybreak came with big, light snowflakes floating down, temperature 25°F. With little wind, that was cold enough for ice to form on the lake with a surprise added. The first fisher we have seen in a long time was on the beaver lodge, sniffing in a hole and then moving on.

Also this morning, bald eagles worked hard to pull meat off the bones of a road-killed deer. The deer was fresh and bloody as evidenced by the blood on the beak of one of the eagles.

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Another surprise was seeing willow catkins shedding seeds at this time of year. We usually see that in spring. If anyone knows more on this, let me know.

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center

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