Category Archives: Mammals

Magpie Grooming Service

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Black-billed magpies (Pica hudsonia) are known for picking ticks from the backs of large mammals such as deer, elk, moose and livestock. The magpie either eats the ticks or caches the excess for later use. Unfortunately, most of the cached … Continue reading

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Successful Hunt

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Long-tailed weasels (Mustela frenata) are very quick. Although they are most active at night, it is not uncommon to see one during the day. With their long, slender bodies, long-tailed weasels can climb trees, squirm through rock piles, brush or … Continue reading

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Observers

Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are social animals that typically stay in groups. Females and their offspring form multi-generational herds. Only during the fawning season do these familial groups temporarily disperse. Bucks and young males either remain single or group together … Continue reading

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Pronghorns and Horses

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We often see pronghorn (commonly and incorrectly called antelope) and mule deer together (see “Deer and Antelope Play” on 04-19-19). Mule deer also often graze in the pastures with our horses (see “Derby Day” on 05-05-12). But for some reason … Continue reading

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Unaware Coyote

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Leonard and I were hiking the Eagle Pole Trail (my name) at Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Lassen County CA) when we noticed a coyote. The wind was in our favor so we continued to walk toward the coyote, who was … Continue reading

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