Happy Camp critters

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Happy Camp critters

Post by OregonJim » Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:20 am

I figured out how to share a few pictures, so here is a few of the animals I have seen at Happy Camp. I deeply regret that I wasn't able to photograph the wolverine I saw. It was magnificent! I also missed getting elk pictures. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JkZdwo ... sp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GF7be- ... sp=sharing

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Post by Wiggler » Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:06 pm

I like seeing the horns and that was a BIG bear ; )
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Post by OregonJim » Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:15 pm

I have seen several BIG bears there, and I do mean HUGE! I also saw a cub run across the road one day that could not have been much bigger than a bowling ball. It was as cute as a kitten!
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Re: Happy Camp critters

Post by tothman » Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:10 pm

Wolverine....nice sighting!
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Post by OregonJim » Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:26 pm

It was really exciting to me even though the sighting was brief. I watched it come down a hill and cross the road as it moved towards the river. It was an adult with a beautiful coat and magnificent tail. It is hard to believe such a pretty animal can have such a reputation as they do. When you see how pretty they are you just want one to be your pet... cute and cuddly, kind of like grizzly bears.
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Re: Happy Camp critters

Post by Jim_Alaska » Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:28 pm

Jim, are you sure you saw a Wolverine? They seem to be very rare to non-existent here in California. Here's a link to an article about it.

https://www.wideopenspaces.com/wolverin ... a-mystery/
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Post by OregonJim » Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:44 pm

There is no doubt Jim. I had time to observe it for close to a minute from less than fifty yards and it was in no hurry. From snout to tail it was surely four feet or better, though it wasn't at all tall like a dog or any other critter. The thing that stands out most in my memory was its huge fluffy fox-like tail. Magnificent indeed! I saw it not far downstream from where everyone parked their RV's at Savage Rapids.
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Post by OregonJim » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:09 pm

Jim, I did not know they were that rare, so I didn't report it to anyone at the time, though I did speak of it at the office to Montine when I was there. After reading the article you posted I sent a note to the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife to tell them about it. Perhaps someone will be interested. I was sure happy to see it!
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Post by Jim_Alaska » Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:25 am

Thanks Jim, sounds like you did see one. I found some Wolverine tracks a few years ago, on a high ridge, near the Oregon border. I know it was Wolverine because I used to trap them in Alaska and am familiar with their tracks.
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Re: Happy Camp critters

Post by OregonJim » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:25 pm

To the northwest of the K-15 camping area, there was a burned area on the south side of Tim's Peak. It was coming down off that hillside. I hope it is an indication of a population of them.
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