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Wildlife at Wheaton Labs

 
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Here are some more photos from the Game Cameras

A hawk after something - Click on image to see animation

A young moose

A cute fawn

Some wild turkeys and a fawn having a party
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turkeys and fawn in the distance
 
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WOAH a moose?!

I'm going to have to keep my dog on a short leash! 😂
 
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Lots of different wildlife from September to October!
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back end of a coyote
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Photo captured the middle of January 2023. The young moose wandering around the northeast corner of the Lab is finally immortalized by the trail cam.

 
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Chris, a potential boot, asked (via email):

What's the deal w the grizzlies there?  any other critters of note?



I'll let him know about this thread for sure!

For info, black bears have been seen but never a grizzly


 
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What's the deal w the grizzlies there?  any other critters of note?


For my part, I've seen deer, elk, and wild turkeys at Basecamp. A fair number of squirrels and mice, though I think the cats scare most of those off. This past summer we heard coyotes howling at night, but as far as I know no one never saw them.

At the Lab - the more remote parcel of land that abuts National Forest - we've seen the animals listed above, plus the trail cams have spied our new resident moose from time to time. The trail cams would catch coyotes on occasion, and maybe one instance of a mountain lion in the past.

Haven't seen any bears, though long-time resident Fred noticed a pile of bear scat on the Lab sometime maybe a year ago...? Maybe springtime of last year? He likely has a photo of it on his own thread, and I've not had a chance to track it down. Based on what I've observed, I think bears would hang out more in the National Forest lands because we drive vehicles round the Lab a few times a week (but that's just speculation, and I'm no bear behaviourist).
 
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From February 2023. Looks like there's not just a single moose hanging out, but two. They look quite young to me. Maybe both are female? Any thoughts on this?

 
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That is wonderful!  
I am so glad they are there.  
I hope I get to see them sometime!
 
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Stephen B. Thomas wrote:From February 2023. Looks like there's not just a single moose hanging out, but two. They look quite young to me. Maybe both are female? Any thoughts on this?



Definitely young and I think different animals than the one seen in January. With a low degree of certainty, the one on the left may be a young bull. It looks a bit broader across the chest but that could just be camera angle.  I can't tell if it has antler pedicles or if I'm just seeing things. There seems to be something on its head at about the right location.

Attached is a photo of a slightly older bull moose walking across my patio.  He has shed his antlers already but you can see where they were attached. The pedicles aren't as easily discernable when they are just calves, but are a dead giveaway if you see them.

I'm no moose expert, but I did see three of them today when I ran some errands in town.

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a moose wakling by
 
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From June 2023, here's a quartet of deer enjoying a seasonal pool in the shade.

 
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