Life got in the way of blogging the last few months, but it’s with a sigh of relief I return to Q. I’ve been busy with hungry sheep in a drought, learning the routine of publishing a magazine every month (The Shepherd), public speaking engagements (mostly touting the use of livestock guardian dogs in large carnivore country) and working on book projects.
Our state transportation department is installing two wildlife overpasses in Sublette County, which should allow pronghorn antelope to safely migrate without so many vehicle collisions. The agency has already completed variety of underpasses, but pronghorn don't like to have their vision restricted, so the overpasses were needed. Each overpass costs about $2.5 million, and the total project cost (including high game fences to direct the migration of elk, deer and pronghorn) is about $9.6 million.
Not long after taking the picture of the overpass construction project, I met a red fox having breakfast on a road-killed mule deer.
I've had a wonderful spring with our sandhill cranes. A few years ago I was able to capture a few images of a crane playing with a clump of manure, bouncing it off the top of its head. I was lucky enough to watch similar behavior this year. The images aren't great, but they tell the story (click to enlarge). Animals at play: