The Fuzzy Black Animal on the Trail

So there I was... Hiking on the Medicine Bow Rail Trail from the Woods Creek Trailhead. William was sauntering down the trail right in front of me. Finn was riding along in the Chariot. It was a chilly morning on an easy trail so I was sipping on a mug of Earl Grey with two lemon slices. That's how I roll. About 1/2 mile from the trailhead we saw what I thought were either moose or elk tracks on the side of the trail. In my mind there was clearly a set of adult tracks alongside a set of smaller tracks. It made…

How To Use Bear Spray

In 2000 I was living and training for biathlon in Canada. On July 6th I had a good friend and teammate get attacked and killed by a black bear in Quebec. One minute she was out on a run through the trees, the next minute we were all getting phone calls about Mary Beth's death. I was back in the states when I heard of the bear attack and her death. It was hard to lose a friend and teammate. It was also hard knowing that the cause of her death was a black bear. Since then I haven't been…

13 Things I Now Know About Bears, Wolves & Mountain Lions

What do you know about sharing our wild spaces with bears, wolves & mountain lions? Last Saturday I attended the Wyoming Game & Fish's Bear, Lion & Wolf Seminar here in Laramie. My goal was to put aside what I 'thought' I knew about these animals and really try to learn something new. I wasn't disappointed, it was a great seminar and I highly recommend attending one. Here are a few things that I learned: Mountain Lions 1) Mountain Lions are obligate carnivores, meaning that they must eat meat to survive. When they kill an animal, they eat the organs…

Moose near Deadman Road

While out hiking in October in the area around Deadman Road in the Roosevelt National Forest I came across this guy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miY_uuIy_fg Not the largest bull moose I've ever seen but none to shabby either. I'm glad I got to see him after he shed his velvet because I like the way his black coat and white antlers contrast with the fall colors in the creek bottom and the evergreens in the background. You can find more of our videos and pictures through the links below this post or on our YouTube Channel Page.

My Secret Bias Against Antelope

[caption id="attachment_2730" align="alignright" width="150"] Not an Antelope[/caption] This is so secret I didn't even know about it. I'm always on the lookout for wildlife. It's one of the perks of my job and I like putting together some pictures and video of wildlife to share. The other day I had just begun my journey home from a trail when I notice some antelope doing antelope things pretty close to me. I had a brief thought that I should take a couple pictures of them but immediately dismissed it. I just wasn't interested. [caption id="attachment_2731" align="alignleft" width="150"] Also not an Antelope[/caption]…

Moose Cow and Calf on Middle Crow Creek

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon these two in the Pole Mountain area of the Medicine Bow National Forest. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn18hP7x0qE They stared at me for a while then went back to grazing in and out of view along Middle Crow Creek. I kept thinking about how that little bull calf is getting ready for his first winter and probably has no idea what's in store for him. I hope you like the video.

Big Horn Sheep along the North Platte River

I had this encounter with big horn sheep earlier this summer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1AYq3Ij6hk I had a good laugh when I saw them because I'd just spent all day hiking and hadn't seen anything larger than a bird only to spot these big horn sheep with lambs on the road as I started to drive home. I especially liked seeing the little lambs and I wish I had been able to stick around longer to get some better video and pictures.

I Do Carry Bear Spray. Here’s Why.

A few days ago the social media world was buzzing about an article written in the High Country News by Charles Finn entitled 'I Don't Carry Bear Spray. Here's Why'. We found the story in Adventure Journal. It's fascinating, well worth the read. In it Finn admits that he is anti-bear spray because he doesn't want to be responsible for the "agony a bear goes through when it gets a snout full of capsaicin," and because he wants "to meet the wilderness on its own terms." I can't help but wonder if 'meeting wilderness on its own terms' also means that…

Was that bear trying to pick my pocket?

Let this be a lesson for all on how not to view and enjoy wildlife in the great outdoors. [caption id="attachment_2138" align="alignright" width="300"] Eagle Circling[/caption] I was about 5 miles into the Platte River Trail in the Platte River Wilderness. I had started from the Six Mile Gap Trailhead and had only seen a couple of golden eagles so far. [caption id="attachment_2136" align="alignright" width="300"] The sage grouse that distracted me while the bear went for my wallet.[/caption] Then, I saw some movement in the underbrush right next to the trail and found three small sage grouse. So I thought what…