Friday, October 12, 2007

Nocturnal Visitors

For the past couple of nights we've had a curious occurrence. Small holes have been dug, first in the poop pile, then inside the goat pen, then outside the gate of the cows, and today inside the cow pen.

Holes in the goat pen (near) and the cow pen (other side of the fence).

At first we thought it was a skunk, but there was no lingering odor. And then we saw the small footprint. I think it might be a kit fox digging for grubs. A few years ago neighbor Dean had caught a kit fox in a trap that had been terrorizing his chicken coop. After he released it we haven't seen it since... until possibly now. Or this could be offspring or even totally unrelated.

Hole dug outside the cow gate.

Dean loaned his trap out but he's going to get it back so we can try and capture whatever this mysterious hole digger is and solve the mystery once and for all.

On another note, we are still having problems with gophers. I found a red cabbage that fell victim to one of those irritating creatures. I've set a trap for it, and hopefully tomorrow morning the gopher will be the hapless victim.

Note the third cabbage from the bottom on the left.

The hole right by the middle of the cabbage. It was a big hole, too!
Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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