Last weekend, as on many weekends, Tim and I took Corva, our older cat, on a hike in a nearby forest.
I don’t know what moved me to leave the trail and check out this patch of mud, but I’m glad I did, as it contained this surprise:
For size reference, here’s my hand next to the larger prints:
I’ve seen lots of black bear sign before (let’s be honest, 95% of it was scat), but this was my first sign of a cub traveling with its mother.
And that’s not all that was going on here! The fresh mud was a snapshot of local animals in this particular forest. A squirrel had also been through:
as had a raccoon:
Finally, Corva the Hiking Cat added his own signature to the mix:
Altogether this little patch of mud made quite an impressive record of the wildlife in the area!
So much excitement was had that Corva needed to be carried just a bit on the way home.