The snow on the ground has again frozen hard enough for me to walk on top of it, instead of sinking through it, so I thought I would walk Kona on our loop trail that runs through the neighbor’s woods. We hadn’t been on the trail for months, so I wasn’t sure what kind of conditions to expect. Happily it was quite walkable.
At one point at the middle of the forest, Kona stopped, then stared intently toward a grove of Cottonwood trees. I knew she was aware of something, but I couldn’t see anything. Suddenly she erupted into a barking fit, pulling at her leash. It was then that I saw a moose, crashing through the underbrush to escape the “fierce” dog that it had heard.
I made a futile attempt to pull my camera out of its holder, but by the time I had freed it, the moose was gone. It took a while to calm Kona down and then we proceeded with our walk. When the trail veered south I came across the tracks of the tracks of the fleeing moose. I would have preferred a photo of the moose, but a photo of the moose tracks will have to do.
Later when we were walking through one of the fields that is situated beside the Fraser River, I came across some tracks of a coyote that must have been hunting mice. The snow certainly records a lot of animal activity that otherwise, one would not be aware of.
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