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Q&A Where do bald eagles go at night if not in their own nests?

I've recently learned of a local eagle cam and have been enjoying watching a pair of bald eagles and their three chicks. While I don't have access to many days of video to check (the site buffers ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Pastychomper‭

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Q&A Help! I found a lost dog - what do I do next?

I was working today when I saw a small dog run across the road in front of my apartment, narrowly being missed by a car. I went out and lured the dog in with a hotdog, brought her to my apartment, ...

3 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Sigma‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A What are the pros and cons of a bear can vs an Ursack?

There are basically two bear-resistant containers meant for storing food while backpacking, bear canisters and Ursacks. What are the pros and cons of each?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A What difference is removing wolves from the list of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act in the US going to make?

Wolves are going to be removed from the list of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act (pending litigation). They were already delisted in Montana and Idaho and had a hunting season in Wy...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A When are cottontail rabbits most active?

If one were to go looking for cottontail rabbits, what time of day would be the best? I have noticed that it seems like there are more out and about in the afternoon than in the early morning.

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Lundin‭

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Q&A Why would crows be dropping something into a pond?

This weekend I was sitting next to a pond and multiple times there was a crow who had something white in his mouth flying down from a tree to within several feet of the pond's surface, drop the whi...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Lundin‭

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Q&A What would minks be looking for next to a seasonal irrigation canal after dark?

A few nights ago I saw some minks in the grass right next to a seasonal irrigation canal that is dry most of the year shortly after dark. The irrigation canal has no fish or crawdads in it, because...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by James Jenkins‭

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Q&A What is the survival rate for baby cottontail rabbits between spring and winter?

As the summer goes on, the cottontail rabbits are getting bigger and at the same time I am seeing fewer of them, presumably as predators whittle their numbers down. What percentage of baby cottonta...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by James Jenkins‭

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Q&A How do you train a barn sour horse?

Sometimes a horse will become what is known as barn sour where all they want to do is hang around the stable/corrals and not go on rides. While on rides, they will keep trying to turn back and once...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Pastychomper‭

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Q&A How do you become a New Forest commoner?

Exactly that... I've done some searching and it looks like a catch-22 situation: To be able to move there you need to do commoning already. But to do commoning, you need live there already. (Hmm.....

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Heimdall‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Akita as my hunting buddy

I thought about trying unconventional breeds for hunting. I stumbled across the "Akita", which was initially cultured to hunt. However, it seems that it's pretty much a common house/pet dog nowaday...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A Why aren't birds using these feeders?

I've been hanging these fat balls for a good while and they're intact. Previously I was hanging a feeder filled with seeds (for birds) in front of the window and that was also intact for a while; s...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Neeku‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Why would a skunk be chasing a human?

There is a video on reddit where a skunk is chasing a woman around. It's not spraying or even threatening to spray, but it's sure trying to keep up with her. Why would a skunk be doing that?

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A What causes these big gathering of ants on a sidewalk?

Here is a whole bunch of ants gathered on a sidewalk around dusk, I have seen this before so its not totally uncommon. What would lead to ants doing this?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by James Jenkins‭

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Q&A How do you train a horse that bites humans not to?

Sometimes a horse/pony will bite humans. They bite each other to establish dominance and sometimes they will bite humans too. How do you train a horse to stop biting humans?

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A Trekking with a donkey

I've just seen a documentary in which a guy trekks through some rugged terrain while he has his cargo on a donkey. It's a pretty cool and versatile animal overall. What are some pros and cons of t...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by James Jenkins‭

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Q&A When should I report a potentially injured-looking animal to authorities in a large, monitored, wildlife area?

We prefer watching animals from a distance, to try and cause them the least disruption. Every so often I've seen an animal in a distant part of a large area that doesn't appear to feel right. For i...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by James Jenkins‭

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Q&A Hiking with a mule or two?

For an older guy (say 65+) who likes to hike alone - are a mule or two a help or a hindrance? Maybe a mule for the pack, and a second mule to ride when I get really old? Historically people prefer...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Censored to protect the guilty‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by James Jenkins‭

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Q&A What's the best way to preserve a skull, without bleaching?

My grandpa found this deer skull way out in the back of a golf course (he works there) and brought it home for me. I don't mind leaving the color the way it is, I just wonder, what is the best way...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Melanie‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by James Jenkins‭

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Q&A Are bats harmed by fumes that gather in old mines?

Once in Nevada, I saw a sign on an old abandoned mine that said two things, Stay out, mines have noxious fumes. Stay out, bats live here. Both of those are good reasons to stay out, but it seem...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Are elk and deer colorblind to blaze orange/pink clothes?

During rifle season, hunters are required to wear blaze orange (some states also allow bright pink). I have heard that deer and elk are color blind to blaze orange, is there scientific evidence to...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do Glacier National Park (USA) backcountry camps have bear poles / bear canisters?

In Glacier National Park (USA), there are 63 backcountry campgrounds. I looked at the backcountry campground website including the map and campsite information. Are there bear poles/boxes at back...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do animal trails have switchbacks?

When hiking in a rarely frequented area, trails may be very faint to the level of being essentially invisible. In such situations, it has happened more than once that I accidentally followed an an...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How common are avian diseases?

I feed the local birds quite a lot, and am wondering about the possibility of contracting any avian-related illnessess. How often is it for us to come across a disease-ridden bird anywhere, as well...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Peter Johnmeyer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How dangerous are kangaroos?

After watching this video of a man punching a kangaroo to rescue his dog, I am wondering how dangerous a kangaroo is to a human on foot? I am sure that there are a lot of other things in Australia ...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I whiten an old deer skull?

Yesterday I found a really old deer skull in a forest and I took it home in the hope to get it cleaned up. So I searched it up but I only saw how to clean up dead deer heads with skin on and those ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Hanna‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Behavior of crow pair, larger crow eats the food, not leaving any for smaller buddy

There are a couple of crows that come around regularly, they come as a pair. One is larger than the other. Perhaps a couple? or parent and youth? or adult and older parent? When providing nuts/see...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by devlop‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can my neighbor encourage chipmunks to move away from her front-yard flower garden?

This question is related to my earlier question about when it is safe, from the young chipmunks' point of view, to relocate a burrow of chipmunks. To recap the background of the earlier question: ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is the correct term Canada Goose or Canadian Goose?

The author of a question on our site referred to a certain type of goose as a Canadian goose. Some people thought that the correct name is Canada goose, rather than Canadian. Wikipedia refers to t...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to Shoo away a stubborn Stray Dog/Dogs who decides to tag along with you on a hike?

This happened on one of my hikes. It was a hike with two villages en route. Somehow a dog from the first village decided to stick with us. We were OK with it. Then he was followed by a small Puppy...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Captain‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you overcome a preventative fear of dangerous wildlife

I live in Colorado and love hiking alone, it's quiet and peaceful. I want to be more 'free' to hike in early morning or late evening when it's dark or backpack in remote places, but at this point ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by binarylegit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Wild animals in Finland and Norway

Next summer I am planning to ride a bike from Belarus to the north of Norway through Finland. What measures should I take to be protected against wild animals (bears and wolves)?

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Rudziankoŭ‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I make people not be afraid of me and my dogs?

I like to hike, and I have two large dogs (German Shepherd, Presa Canario). After a long hike I look reasonably homeless (long hair, unshaven, muddy). Combined with two large, potentially dangero...

12 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Censored to protect the guilty‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there any reason that a wild boars would charge the tent?

So I have camped in France, in the Vosges region, in the locality called "Le bonhomme". Where there are many wild boars. It was in a dense forest, with a freezy weather. (-5°C) My camp was just a...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Gille Q.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I run if I see wild dogs?

Wild dogs appear to be dangerous. Should I be running if I come across one, or should I stand fast and defend myself? They are a social animal, so they will be in a pack almost all the times.

10 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Josh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to tell the difference between bobcats and house cats?

Recently there was a story about some people in Texas who brought three bobcat kittens home and then called animal control after the bobcats bit them. It's also happened once in California where a...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Who to contact for a bird with broken wing in Portugal, Algarve?

I saw a bird with an injured wing among the rocks on a beach in Portugal (Algarve). The bird has been on the beach since Friday evening, and her wing feathers have completely dropped off by now. I...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by ozmichka‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How serious is bear safety in the sub-polar Ural / Komi Republic / Yugyd Va?

In Norway, Sweden, and Finland, there are resident bears, but they rarely go near people, nobody practices the kind of bear safety that is necessary in parts of North America, and this does not lea...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Knife as defense against stray dogs

Some places I travel to have stray dogs in the city. Can a knife be used effectively if attacked by one or more of them? I've had creepy close encounters.

13 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the ecological justification (if any) for bird feeders?

Like many people, we have bird feeders, and a bird-bath. We also have a feeding station (replenished in the mornings only) that attracts squirrels and chipmunks and some of the larger birds. Duri...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where do white tigers live?

We saw this magnificent white tiger in a wildlife rehabilitation center in the United States. I don't like seeing animals out of their natural habitat, but all of these animals were rescued from ci...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which Ultralight & Compact Jackets are suitable for Winters (minus 10-15 deg. Celsius)?

I am not sure if this question fits here but since I like to travel and often face difficulties because of different weather conditions in different cities/countries so, I am hoping that somebody c...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by skm‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I get away with less advanced food storing methods if backpacking in areas where meeting bears is unlikely?

A page like this one, as well as a number of questions on this site, discuss how to pack food safely from bears. What about other animals? This post advises a pretty sophisticated way to protect ...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Worm catching with electricity?

I have heard about people using electricity to catch worms, mostly around catching worms for fishing. How does this work? Is it safe?

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are kangaroos dangerous?

When I first saw a man get kicked by a kangaroo, I said "nope to Australia" because that is mainly where kangaroos are. Then, I looked on google and it said kangaroos are not dangerous. So now I'm ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Anonymous‭

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Q&A Outer Layer Recommendation Question

I'm relatively new to outdoors wear and was wondering if anyone had any advice on a lightweight outer layer/weatherproof jacket for my specific needs. I'd be layering it over a base layer, mid laye...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Ontic‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What determines whether the young of a cat is called a kitten or a cub?

The young of cats are called kittens or cubs, depending partly on how large the cat is, and apparently partly on informal custom. Wikipedia, kitten says: The word "kitten" derives from the Mid...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do birds eat chillies? Do they feel the chilli heat?

We had a few white browed bulbuls visit us recently. One of them seemed to have a peculiar interest in the chillies that grew in one of our pots (I believe these are bird's eye chillies [no pun i...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Ricketyship‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Synthetic insulated belay jacket vs thicker mid layers or down

When it gets colder while walking, I'd add an extra fleece as a mid layer and when we stop to eat, I would put it on too, or I'd wear a down jacket if it's dry. However when it's wet, it seems lik...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by ThamP‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is "scat" used to describe the droppings of any animal?

I understand that when you see animal droppings in the wilderness, it's referred to as "scat." I have heard scat referred to when referencing bear, coyote and mountain lion droppings. Is this the...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by steelersquirrel‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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