Saturday, February 05, 2011
Snapped this shot on the fly today. It's a hard winter in western Wyoming with deep crusted snow, and mule deer and pronghorn are starting to winterkill. Carcasses of big game animals are immediately targeted by avian predators. A weak rough-legged hawk landed at Jim's gravel pit yesterday, so he called state wildlife officials. Poor bugger was so weak it didn't take much to catch, with the biologist walking right up to the hawk and picking him up. There's a herd of about 400 elk about 25 miles south of our place out in the high sagebrush desert. Hope the rest of the winter is more gentle.