This was the 4th outing for CAW's intensive tracking class. We went to one of Metro's properties called Clear Creek, a tributary that joins the Clackamas river at Carver.
Our first discovery was a fresh(ish) black-tail deer carcass. I am saying fresh to be 1-2 weeks old. Our first sign of this was coyote scat placed on some of the bones. Next we found more coyote scat, and than some of the stomach rumen. After widening our search of the area, we found the rest of the deer. We could not tell what had killed the deer though looking at it's teeth, many of them were old and broken or falling out. It was a female. The nose of the deer was chewed off. Another observation from the group was that 2-3 ribs had been chewed off at the rump end of the deer. This could have been where the coyote had accessed the internal organs.
This image was a series of vole tunnels. At the intersection, you can see where scat had been left for communication.
Very fresh beaver chew.
Coming out of the cedar forest, beaver pond on our left, one wrong move and someone will be up to their hip in water/mud.
On clear creek taking a sun break.
Garth is taking a very close look at some mice tracks. He is thinking their might be some vole tracks in there also.
These track are somewhat of a mystery. For sure a hopping small bird, 1-1/4" length. Possibilities are sparrow species, Dark-eyed Junco.
We also found coyote, robin, deer sign, brush-rabbit sign, beaver, nutria scat, more bones and fur, bird kill sign.