Category Archives: Mammals

Yellowjacket Nest

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This month Leonard and I were walking at Little Lavas near Modoc National Forest Road 56 (Modoc County CA) when we came across a underground nest dug up by some animal. The papery combs were scattered around the underground hive … Continue reading

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Are You My Mother?

Throughout the summer a mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) doe and her fawn visited our yard (near Lookout CA, Modoc County) almost every day. (see “Mule Deer Fawn” on 08-13-2013) They made the rounds eating our pear and plum trees, grape … Continue reading

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Bobcat

Bobcats (Lynx rufus) have well-defined territories marked with urine scent, feces and clawing. Males will tolerate other males where their territories overlap, but females generally do not permit other bobcats to trespass. Each bobcat has several areas within its territory … Continue reading

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Mule Deer Fawn

This week I noticed a mule deer fawn (Odocoileus hemionus) outside my study window. On the other side of the fence was the fawn’s mother. The fawn was agitated because it could not jump over the fence, even though the … Continue reading

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Resident Skunks

Striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) live in holes dug into the ground, often under old buildings and rock piles. For years, skunks have lived under an old bunkhouse about ten feet from our front door (near Lookout CA – Modoc County). … Continue reading

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Response to Humans

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Yellow bellied marmots (Marmota flaviventris) live singly, in pairs or in colonies of about 20 individuals with a single dominant male. These rodents are found in meadows, valleys and mountainous areas at various elevations (average elevation about 6,500 feet) in … Continue reading

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Early Emergence

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Depending on elevation and exposure, Oregon ground squirrels (Spermophilus beldingi) spend 6 to 8 months a year in hibernation. These rodents normally occur in natural meadows and grasslands, but readily adapt to pastures, alfalfa fields and the margins of grain … Continue reading

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