Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wild Critters

Raccoon    Procyon lotor
The raccoon still exists as one of the very common mammals, even close to towns.  It is a night-going creature, howere, and not often seen.  They love to puddle around in creeks where they find crayfish, a favorite food.  The coons locate them by feeling under rocks.

White-Tailed Deer FAWN (Odacoileus virginianus)
After the first birth, the doe, or mother dear, may have twins.  However, the first birth is usually a single fawn.  Triplets are not unusual.  Fawns are spotted and because of this they are hard to see if they lie quietly on the ground.

Bobcat    Lynx rufus
The bobcat spots its prey by eyesight, rushes it, shoots out a clawed paw and knocks it down before the prey knows what's happened.  Its speed at this is remarkable.  It generally works nights.  Seeing its foot prints is as close as most people ever get to the wildcat.  It may have seen and avoided the person, however.  They are still common in some areas where people would least expect them.  Bobcats weigh from 15 to 30 pounds.
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