This old opossum is a survivor. It looks like it even has a bit of frost bite on the ears from last winter.
I estimate the bear was on film less than a half hour after I set the camera.
I have never seen this bear or any other bear in person on this access road, so they must be very good at reading people.
Which is wise.
Black bears are known for their intelligence, and this one tries to avoid walking in the mud where it would leave tracks.
Also, it’s very easy to see how a black bear could give someone the idea for bigfoot. Like humans, bears are plantigrade. Their heels touch the ground when they walk.
So if anything could give you an idea of wild man living in the forest, it would be one of these stealthy black bears.
Buoyed by the bear that came out on the trail cam this week, I set out a fresh bait of sardines.
And I got a gray fox on the camera last night.
Gray foxes are actually the last survivors of a lineage of North American dogs that diverged from the rest of the dog family 9 to 10 million years ago.
They aren’t really “foxes” in the same way red foxes, arctic foxes, and swift foxes are.
The gray fox, which I think should just be called Urocyon (their genus name, which means “tailed dog,” a very apt name!), are ecologically like the European wildcat. They live on small mammals, birds, and reptiles, and unlike other dogs, readily to take to the trees to forage for food and avoid predators.
Finding a gray fox here means that I probably won’t be getting any red foxes on the camera. Gray foxes dominate reds, and coyotes eat them. With coyotes and gray foxes in the same area, my guess is that no red fox could live here without constant persecution.