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Not a coyote, but I’ll take it:

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It’s just the musk from the glands that brought in this deer, who is apparently too wise to come into the other camera.

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Dave has had Pavel out “bark-pointing” ruffed grouse in Alberta.

The other dog is Riley, a Swedish vallhund gnome wolf.

Pavel treed two grouse, and Dave shot both.

But one wound up falling into a deep hole where the only thing that could get it would be a little terrier or maybe a ferret.

 

 

Morning diners

I woke up this morning to these two breakfast diners, a doe and her “button buck” fawn.

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They have been eating acorns that have been blown onto the bank.  Acorns are vital for white-tailed deer in this area. They are about the only food that can give them the right amount of fat and protein to make through the winter.

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If you look closely, you can see the buttons just above his eyes.

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The buttons are the first set of antlers that a buck will have. These will be shed in mid-winter, and next year, he will likely grow what is called a spike rack.

If he were a fallow, we’d call him a prickett at that stage, but the correct term for a white-tailed deer with small antler without any tines is a “spike buck.”

 

 

 

Some fall photos

These were all taken last weekend. The leaves are now past peak here now.

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(This is repeat, but from a slightly different angle, with a bit better lighting)

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(Coyotes are not allowed to pee here. There are consequences!)

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Big coyote last night

I thought it was Miley. It’s clearly a relatively big canid with a robust body.

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If you look closely, though, you can clearly see the tail tip is black, and there is no feathering.

And Miley was inside at midnight last night.

And well, if you look very closely, it’s got a certain organ…

It’s a dog coyote, not a bitch.

 

 

A blog announcement

Because I no longer have the time to moderate the blog comments, I have set the blog to where it will close off any post older than 30 days for any new comments.

I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but I am going through quite a bit of soul-searching on blog and where I want to go with it. I have changed my mind about many issues on the blog, and I have also found errors. I am tempted to do an errata post, but I am resisting it. Let’s just leave things as they are.

You may have noticed that there are fewer dog posts in recent months, and as it stands right now, I am no longer writing dog-related posts.

Of course, this decision is subject to change.

Dogs themselves will always have my deep admiration and fascination, but the world of “dog people” has taken its toll on me.

I was diagnosed with depression last year, and as I’ve looked at things that could set off an episode, it turns out that regular pugilism on online fora is one of the worst triggers.

One cannot write about dogs without engaging in this sort of combat.

So I’ve stopped writing about them. I still have my ideas about dogs, which I am more than happy to discuss with you, but I just cannot continue producing dog posts like I once did.

Maybe I will change my mind.

No.

I know I will change my mind at some point.

But for right now, the main focus is going to be wildlife.

I have two trail cams out right now– solely to produce content for this blog.

So that’s what to look forward to.

 

 

A wild dog

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