A urine track left by a brown bear as he(?) followed our driveway , peeing as he walked. Bears are nothing if not casual.
I was surprised to find this bear sign not far from our front door early this morning. Not that I necessarily expected all the bears to be in their dens by now, but I wasn't sure what one would be doing near town. No fishing, very unlikely to find a moose, no good denning sites that I can think of nearby.... Unfortunately the only thing can think of is garbage left outside by careless people. I hope I'm wrong.
On two consecutive days a week ago I heard and saw swans flying high overhead, heading southeast. On the third day I did not hear or see a one, nor have there been any since. The magpies and ravens, on the other hand, have returned to town after their summer truancy. The ponds and smaller lakes are frozen over, and ice lenses are flowing down the creeks. Winter is here.
A urine track left by an adult brown bear on the trail to Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, in July of this year.