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wv elk calf

From the WV Metro News:

The recent birth of an elk calf is the first in West Virginia since elk were reintroduced in December 2016, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The agency confirmed the birth Thursday, saying it has captured footage of the calf passing by a camera set up to monitor a pregnant cow separated from the herd.

Out of the 24 elk brought to West Virginia in 2016, six were pregnant, though two died soon after arriving. Officials believe at least one other cow is currently pregnant.

“For our elk population to be sustainable, there has to be reproduction, and this calf is the first of many to be born here in West Virginia,” Division of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDaniel said in a statement.

According to Randy Kelly, leader of the elk restoration project, there are no plans to capture or tag the newborn calf until it is older.

“We try not to stress the elk in any way,” he said.

The calf will be tracked by cameras and data collected from its mother’s radio collar and tags.

 

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Before the mowing machines come for the first cutting, the grass is often so tall that it can hide a deer.

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Or two:

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Renegade

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My guess is this is a wild turkey hen trying to hide her poults in the tall grass. She probably had them out for a nice grasshopper hunt on a balmy June morning. but when she encountered me, she went renegade.

Unlike suburban wild turkeys, which appear clueless dumb, those from pressured populations behave with all the stealth of a well-trained and well-seasoned sniper. Any mistake and the shotguns will get you.

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dove on a wire

Nothing is capturing my mood now than this little mourning dove out against the fading June sun.

I’m still in mourning. I feel a sadness, too, not just for Miley, but for the nation I was born in as it slowly fades away into the caprices and vagaries of ignorance and greed.

It’s hard to watch the news, and it’s hard to be outside in nature now.

But a little dove on the wire will do now.

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I’m in Kauai for the week. I did some snorkeling off Anini Beach this morning. This was the best video (of the first fish I saw!)

It is the state fish of Hawaii, of course. It is one of two species that is called a  humuhumunukunukuapua’a.

 

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The cute little red fox is quite a savage beast. It also shows us that the current fad for filming rare or relatively rare birds on nests with the use of web cameras can sometimes wind up with the ending we weren’t expecting:

 

 

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The war of mesopredators and a family saga, sort of like wolves vs. grizzlies on a smaller scale:

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