Wildlife Watch – July

1 Aug

Active wildlife in the Blue Lake Metropolitan Area in July:

  • Bear. July has been the month of the bear, as supported by the active BLFP Bear Map commentary section and ongoing sightings. On Hacker Drive alone, Mr. Bear has singularly unnerved a strapping fellow walking his dog; a caregiver pulling out of a driveway after his shift; a professor catching some fresh air with his pregnant wife; and a denizen disheartened to find something big repeatedly evacuating its bowels at the end of her driveway. BLFP is shocked to find Hacker Drive actually ever-brimming with child bike riders, sunset hikers and leisurely strollers nonchalantly traversing directly through the bear grounds. Camp Agawak, Bobcat Lake Road and the Blue Lake Island have also seen a bear’s share of cuddly shenanigans.
  • Fox. Foxes have been trotting in and out of the woods this month with characteristically spirited enthusiasm, delighting children and teasing pups on leashes with their wild trails.
  • Deer. Of course there are deer all over the place; however, the deer this season seem more spastic than usual. The BLFP-mobile came less than two millimeters away from striking the hind leg of a deer after it bolted across the eastern part of Blue Lake Road – the second almost-collision for the vehicle this year. Exercise particular caution when driving by the gravel pit as a doe and her two fawns enjoy grazing on the grass by the side of the road, completely indifferent to traffic.
  • Racoon. A racoonzilla roughly the size of a juvenile Rottweiler is prowling the southern shores of Blue Lake, using its thumbs to get into all sorts of rubbish-related devilry.
  • Flying Squirrel. These bat-squirrel hybrids enjoy attacking birdfeeders at night, gliding onto carefully positioned feeders, and prompting at least one residential nightmare of imprisonment in a Blue Lake home by an enormous flying squirrel with a four-foot wingspan.
  • Skunk. I don’t know what’s in the water this year but all sorts of creatures are unusually humongous – including the probably-rabid skunk that went crazy and cashed it in beneath the eagle’s nest.
  • Heron. Blue Lake is directly below the flight path of a mighty heron or crane who has been gliding over the treetops, on its way to and fro some great adventure.
  • Rooster. A kayaker reports hearing something that “sounded like a rooster” around 6:00 a.m. on Thursday morning on the shore by the 10300 block of Blue Lake Road. The kayaker then mused, “maybe it was a moose…” BLFP wonders if perhaps it wasn’t a mooster.
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3 Responses to “Wildlife Watch – July”

  1. Winkster August 6, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    What about the eagle attacking and eating the baby duckling witnessed by me and my master in early July? This counts as wildlife doesn’t it?

  2. The Provost August 6, 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    Absolutely! But that happened on June 30th, as blogged about in “Duckling Presumed Abducted, Eagle Prime Suspect”… unless there is another incident that you are referring to? In any event, Blue Lake Free Press is on the case!

    Speaking of eagles, they were seen by Blue Lake residents feasting on the shores of the Northwest territories this month, creating a mighty ruckus.

  3. Doubting Thomas August 12, 2009 at 3:50 pm #

    Rooster is probably a Tom Turkey

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