Archive for the ‘Critters’ Category

Gray Wolf “Canis lupus”

Monday, February 16th, 2015














Gray Wolf “Canis lupus”  Length about 4.5′ long, tail 1′ long, weight 60-100 lbs. Wolves were originally wide spread in Western Or. and in N. E. Or. but they were completely eradicated about 75 years ago. Photo:  Northwest Trek near Eatonville, Wa. 11/05/2006

Roosevelt Elk “Cervus elaphus”

Sunday, December 7th, 2014


Roosevelt Elk herds of up to 200 animals are fed here in the fields adjacent to Hwy 202 between Vernonia and Seaside, Or. during the winter months (November-April).  The cows, calves and younger bulls are found in large groups and the older bulls hang out in smaller, separate group.  The public can ride out into the field on the hay wagon when they feed the elk but you need to make your reservations well ahead of time.   Call (503) 755-2264 for information.  Photo:  Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area 12/06/2014



Bobcat “Lynx rufus”

Monday, October 27th, 2014


Bobcat “Lynx rufus” Length 30″. Weight 15 to 20 pounds. Found throughout the Oregon and Washington. The cat on the left has a fish and the other one would like to share but it didn’t. Photo: N.W. Trek just West of Eatonville, Wa. 11/05/2006

Coyote “Canis latrans”

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

crw_0448_1_1-480x384Coyote “Canis latrans”   Photo:  Northwest Trek near Eatonville, Wa.  11/06/2007

Lewis & Clark Hunting on the Trail

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014


Photo:  N.W. Trek Eatonville, Wa. 11/06/2007   © 2007 mkellar

“It requires 4 deer, or an elk and a deer, or one buffalo to supply us for 24 hours.” from the Journal of Wm. Clark.  Each man consumed nine pounds of meat per day, when available and there were 33 people in the party. Raymond Darwin Burroughs tallied the quantity of game killed and consumed during the course of the expedition:

Deer (all species combined) 1,001
Elk 375
Bison 227
Antelope 62
Big horned sheep 35
Bears, grizzly 43
Bears, black 23
Beaver (shot or trapped) 113
Otter 16
Geese and Brant 104
Grouse (all species) 46
Turkeys 9
Plovers 48
Wolves (only one eaten) 18
Indian dogs (purchased and consumed) 190
Horses 12
From “The Natural History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition”. Michigan State University Press, 1995) and ”The Lewis & Clark Cookbook: Historic Recipes from the Corps of Discovery and Jefferson’s American” By: Leslie Mansfield

Bighorn Sheep

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Bighorn Sheep “Ovis canadensis”  These animals were wiped out in the Pacific Northwest and have been reintroduced.  Height at shoulder is 32-40″, length 50-62″ and weight 115-280lbs.  Hell’s Canyon 8/19/2014

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Townsends’s Chipmunk “Tamias townsendii”

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Townsends’s Chipmunk “Tamias townsendii” Length 9-12 inches and a weight of 3-5 ounces. Distinguished from ground squirrels by the white stripes on the face. Photo: Headwaters of the Metolius River just west of Sister’s Oregon. 6/29/2007







Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Pronghorn “Antilocapra americana”  Height at shoulders is about three feet and adult weight is 100 – 125 pounds.  Both sexes have horns (not antlers) that they shed in November or December.  The young weigh only a few pounds at birth but within a few day they can outrun a man.  Adults can reach speeds of approximately forty miles an hour. Found inEastern Oregon and their range extends from Canada to Mexico. Photo: Near Antelope. OR 7/27/2014


Mule Deer Fawn

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Mule deer fawn hidden in plain sight  by its mother.  I took this picture from the car without disturbing the fawn.  Reportedly, the doe may abandon their young if  you bother them, so just walk away.  Photo:  Maury Mountains near Prineville, Oregon 6/21/2014


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American River Otter “Lontra canadensis”

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

American River Otter “Lontra canadensis”   Length 20 to 30 inches with a 10 to 20 inch tail.  Weight 10 to 30 pounds.  River otters have webbed feet and can swim up to 7 miles per hour.  Photo:  High Desert Museum Bend, OR 5/331/2014IMG_7506