Critters in my garden

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  1. pinenut

    pinenut Active Member 10 Years

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    WGI_0011 (another copy).JPG baby fox.JPG Bear 29may.JPG Coyote.JPG Lynx.JPG WGI_0088.JPG Bear 13July.jpg WGI_0038.JPG Here are a few mammals that we've caught on a game camera within a few yards of the house. The bears within a few feet.
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Do you see these creatures quite frequently, @pinenut ? You must never know what to expect when you open the door. Has a grizzly bear ever dropped by?
     
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    pinenut Active Member 10 Years

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    Almost nightly. Less often in the daytime.
    Had a conversation once with a couple of river otters who paused in the process of consuming all the grayling in our creek. Beaver are pretty frequent, and incredibly destructive sometimes. I guess that depends on your point of view.
    Grizzlies? Fairly close, but not actually on the property. One year a grizzly killed a black bear on the hill above us, buried it as its food cache, so we altered our daily walks.
    One evening we heard an awful screaming coming from the creek. It sounded like a child was in serious trouble. We caught a fleeting glimpse of a pair of lynx or bobcats that must have been mating.
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    What a fascinating place you live! Good that you're documenting what you see. My list of critters is much less impressive than yours but I don't know if I'd ever go out in the garden if I thought there was a good chance of encountering any of your 'neighbours'. There are cougars in our area but very seldom seen.
     
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    To be honest, "garden" is stretching the definition in our case. The photos were all taken within 100 yards of the house. Our "garden" consists of a potato/onion/daikon patch, a greenhouse, and a covered cold frame about 100 yards away. And I don't (but should) have a trailcam on it. Out in the field are five-needle pines, four apples, sea buckthorn, some paper birches, some larches, and various berry bushes that I wouldn't say are thriving.
    The creek is a 150 yard rather steep walk into a small canyon, where I saw otter tracks in the snow yesterday.
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Hello @pinenut. After your mention of beavers, this article caught my eye: Beavers are living as far north as the Arctic, report finds I am sure you are well-aware of the concerns . . . "Beavers are known to dramatically change the landscapes they inhabit, as their dams can flood the surrounding landscape and severely alter the flow of water."
     
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    Yup. They got that right!
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I was blowing leaves in front of the house outside the gate here in Tucson this morning. The house and landscaped areas are all enclosed within tall fencing. The electric blower was loud and I was very focused on getting the leaves off the drive. I looked up and 3 metres ahead were around 10 javelina (collared peccary). They did not seem to notice me or the loud blower. I went inside the gate right away to watch them safely. When I went and got my camera, I could tell that they noticed me when I was upwind of them and started to scamper away. One big one came back to finish off a blue agave we had planted outside the fence. Apparently planting anything outside the fence will take some extreme protection to get anything established, even agave or cactus. They don't seem to bother the big stuff. They are kind of cute and fun to watch.
     

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    Wow, Eric, this is definitely new landscape and critters. I've never heard of collared peccary, but I've heard of the animals that consider them prey (Collared peccary - Wikipedia). Things could be very interesting around there.
    No-one will be believe you're in Vancouver now anyway, but please change your forum Location setting.
     
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