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Swollen necks, locked antlers.....I think, if you sniff, you might actually smell the testosterone around USeeWildlife! Wow, we have seen some buck action this week. Big bucks fighting, little bucks fighting, medium bucks....well you get the picture. Actually, on the Lost Field camera we watched 2 medium sized bucks sparring around by the feeder in the dark, when suddenly the BIG (and I do mean BIG) buck came running in and broke up the fight. Well, apparently one of the meduim bucks didn't know that he was medium and challenged the big guy! They fought for a while in the shadows. We caught glimpses of them, but you could really hear the antlers rattling. According to the sounds we heard, this was the most aggressive fight we have ever witnessed on cam! We don't know for sure, but we think the big guy won. We also had a very large buck trying to rub the camera tower at Deer Run camera. Now, you have to know that this tower is bear/buck proofed with metal sheeting, so the deer was really rubbing this metal sheeting. He was having a great time and tearing that tower up! It's my understanding that he actually managed to tear the metal sheeting off last year and it had to be replaced. So far today he has managed to bump the camera and has affected the ability to zoom and move. Still operational, but an engineer will have to have a look at it soon. And tonight we watched two little 4 points sparring on the Deer Run cam. They were so cute. Just looked like they were walking toward each other and then they put their heads together and tried to lock horns. They didn't have enough horn to lock! But they sure tried....Told you, the testosterone is so thick I believe you can smell it.
Coyotes have decided to come closer to the camera but we believe they must be camera shy because they won't stay long - more like run throughs. You must watch closely or you will miss them! A bald eagle also made an appearance on the Bird Point cam this week. He hung out on the log in the lake for a while and then back to the tree to watch for lunch. They are awesome birds to watch! So graceful and self assured, truly amazing.
Another animal that seems to be camera shy is the beaver. We have seen him a couple of times this week also. Just when we post on twitter (follow us at twitter.com/useewildlife) that he's here, he goes under the water and disappears! Sorry if you missed him. Are you starting to see a theme this week? Bucks fighting in the shadows, coyotes running through in the blink of an eye, and beavers playing hide and seek. It's like they are all scared of something. Hmmmm, wonder if that would be the something that was screaming/crying/making a horrible noise on the Dogwood Mountain camera tonight. We were just sitting there watching deer feed and hang out, and then this noise from we don't even know where sliced through the night air and all other noise stopped. The deer immediately popped their head and ears to attention and turned tail and ran! Luckily our camera operator caught it on a recording and we are working to create a clip for you to view/hear on our YouTube channel. Check for the clip on youtube.com/useewildlife. We should have it there in the next day or two. If anyone has an idea what that noise is, we would like to know. I'm not sure guys, I think maybe Halloween has arrived early at USeeWildlife.
***update - engineers could not locate the sound on the recording. We'll have to keep an ear out for it again.
I'm betting Sasquatch is back - making those wierd sounds.