February 7th, 2014 Buckeye Blog

Deep snow creates difficulties for some species and presents opportunities for others. White-tailed deer expend tremendous labor in their search for available forage.

This white-tailed deer trudges through the snow on Camp Road.

 

Coyotes take advantage of the difficult conditions that winter creates for deer. They hunt in packs to take down this larger prey when it is most vulnerable. When large game isn’t available, coyotes search for small mammals, plants, and carrion.

This week, a coyote crossed the SW Marsh Corridor camera 24 minutes after a white-tailed deer passed through the same location.

 

This coyote moves through the deep snow that covers the Firebreak.

 

Table 1  Unique image capture event leaders from January 29th to February 5th.

Species

Weekly Totals Jan. 29th-Feb. 5th

Yearly Totals

2014

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1.  white-tailed deer

21

341

 

2.  snowshoe hare

6

25

 

3.  coyote

4

20

 

4.  red squirrel

1

48

Unusually low weekly total – low activity during extreme cold weather

5.  unknown feline

1

1

 

6.  elk

1

2

Elk in winter range

 

 

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