Since spring, we have been treated to many views of our beautiful local wildlife. Our first one was in June, when Perry and Amber were planning to walk beside Old House creek not far above the road and railway track. We were stopped in our tracks by the sight of a mother bear and two tiny cubs. All three were the cinnamon phase of Black Bear – a lovely auburn family portrait. Although obviously aware of our presence, Mama Bear allowed us to retreat back down the trail without giving any sign of aggression.
During the summer, our guests reported seeing bears, elk, moose, coyotes, wolves, sheep, mountain goats and many different birds. In August, guests driving into Brule took a photo of a cougar sitting beside the road. When they returned from their short drive around the hamlet, it was still sitting there! Since that time, this cougar has been sighted by many local people. In fact, one night it paid a visit to the porch of the Hayward cabin at the Ranch, staring through the glass door at our agitated house cats!
Somewhat less alarming but more charming was a snowy morning visit from a red fox, busily mousing in our yard. Perry took some video footage of it for the Facebook page.