Sunday, January 26, 2014
A pack of Wolves
I live on the edge of Fox Forest, and my most vocal neighbors do not walk on two legs. The wolves that live around me can often be heard late at night as they howl. Today as I went for a snow shoe with my husband, we found large prints of a canine. We believe that the prints are too large to be coyotes. We believe that coyotes also live in our area. The Fox Forest Park Manager, Inge Seboyer will help us to understand what wonderful creatures we share the forest with. I will pass on this information to you!
Over the past 3 weeks, we have made 5 different hikes into the forest on the following trails:
Molly J Swamp Trail, Rabbit Trail, Ridge Trail, Barred Owl Trail, Harvey Trail and Fisher Cat Trail. We also spent 1-2 hours walking on the swamp and on the high point between the Rabbit and Fisher Cat Trails.
On every trail, on the swamp and on the high point off trail, we saw lots of tracks that we believe to be wolf tracks. Most of the time, the animal walked alone or with another wolf walking about 10-20 yards away from it, but walking in a parallel manner.
We could be wrong in our understanding of what we are seeing, but for now, I will not go for my trail runs alone!
Taking time to enjoy the nature around me helps me to appreciate the natural beauty of New Hampshire. Maybe we don’t live near a tall mountain or a large lake. Still, I love Hillsborough and the nature that I can experience every day when I walk outside. Today’s surprise was finding the stream on the Fisher Cat Trail frozen so beautifully!