Posts tagged: wildlife encounters
WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS — A fresh moose carcass was discovered TODAY along the Selkirk Crest’s popular Harrison Lake Trail prompting local Forest Service officials to issue a wildlife hazard warning.
No conflicts between humans and wildlife have been reported, but officials recommend that hikers choose another trail and avoid traveling within the vicinity of the carcass, which is likely to attract large carnivores.
The carcass is a half half mile from the trailhead and is likely to attract wildlife including predators such as grizzly bears and mountain lions.
It is unknown what caused the moose’s death, said Jason Kirchner of the Panhandle National Forests.
Info: Sandpoint Ranger District, (208) 263-5111.
WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS — Bear sightings have sent Camas High School cross-country teams running two times in recent weeks.
The x-c meets were moved after bears were sighted at Lacamas Park, a forested 330-acre park.
Police say they’ve received numerous reports of bears at the park and they’ve notified the state Fish and Wildlife Department.
Perhaps its a coach's plot to pick up the pace.
WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS — Moose are looking for love this time of year, and, as in humans, it can make them goofy.
This is OK when they're out in the woods, but it's not uncommon to see moose around Spokane, Post Falls, Coeur d'Alene and other towns in the region.
Give moose a wide berth. Enjoy them from a distance.
Here's a report from Spokane's South Hill by Robert Estuar:
Might be time to remind people to be wary of moose off the South Hill bluff. I mountain bike the trails about 4 times per week and I've seen moose on 4 separate occasions over the past 3 weeks.
Yesterday around 6 pm, I happened on 3 moose (looked like a cow and 2 calves) about 25 feet off the trail. I've seen the moose on the lower trails -southwest of the powerlines.
Great to have wildlife sightings so close to home but I worry about problem interactions with people and their dogs.
Garden expert Pat Munts offers more on the subject today in this column.
WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS — This BBC film clip offers a glimpse of a town and tourists in the midst of the annual autumn mating season for elk.
The footage is as funny as it is sad to see people so nonchalant and clueless about walking past hormone-charged 800-pound animals with antlers.
WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS — The recent story of a bear protecting its cubs in the presense of humans calls for a review of basic procedures for walking in bear country:
In Montana and Idaho, grizzlies are especially active this time of year looking for berries to put on fat for the winter, as displayed in the photo above snapped last week by Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson.
Hikers and especially stealthy hunters, such as archers, should be prepared for bear encounters during fall.
WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS — A fly fisher who accidentally spooked a cow and calf moose from their bed while moving through the brush along the Little North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River had a tense encounter for 20 minutes the other day.
He was able to get up the only tree in the clearing during her charge, although he broke his Sage rod in the process.
He called the S-R to warn other anglers to be aware that moose are especially protective at this time.
“She was taking no prisoners,” he said.
URBAN WILDLIFE — For years, Cranbrook, British Columbia, has had a problem with an urban deer population that's burgeoned to nearly 200 animals.
But it wasn't until a video of a deer attacking a dog went viral that the town was galvanized into action. The town is adopting the Helena, Mont., model of trapping deer, euthanizing them and distributing the meat to the needy. Cranbrook already has an ordinance that prohibits feeding deer.
The deer are pleasing to see, but they can be dangerous to pets and people and destructive to landscaping when they take up residence in a town and lose all fear of humans.
The video above might be disturbing to some people. You can't blame the doe mule deer for defending her fawn. But it's simply best not to let deer to move into town.