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Why would a seal be flinging an octopus around above the water and then slapping a kayaker with it?

Sea Lions and Fur Seals are known to eat octopus, but they're a bit difficult for them to eat as is. They're one of many creatures that fling food out of the ocean to tenderise, stun, kill, or rip ...
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What is wrong with the rabbit living under my shed?

The fact that you've never seen it eat doesn't mean it's not eating. That just means it doesn't eat while you're watching. Don't feed it. It's not a pet. It's a wild animal and will take care of ...
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How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?

Several years ago, I helped two men move a large turtle about 1,000 feet to a stream. They had been driving by and saw the turtle on the road, and saw me in my driveway. I got a hand-truck and a ...
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When/Where do foxes attack humans?

TLDR: Foxes do not attack humans. So you can go there day and night. To me this sounds more like a spooking story than reality. Foxes hunt very small animals, humans are way too big for them. Anyway,...
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Why do robins tilt their head to the side before pulling a worm out of the ground?

You are indeed correct that robins use their eyes individually as they tilt their head from side to side. It's known as monocular vision, and is how they, and many other birds, locate their food, ...
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How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?

I've actually driven up to a very large (more than 1 foot across) snapping turtle. While it may not be the answer you want, you simply don't. Things I've tried: This is based on actual experience. ...
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Which animals would kill porcupines?

What animals can kill a porcupine? Porcupines are covered with quills that painfully stick into almost any predator that tries to attack them. For this reason, porcupines do not have to fear being ...
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How to react to cattle charging towards you?

I often encounter semi-wild cattle on the "range" here in Idaho. Much of our land is public, primarily mountainous, and has seasonal cattle grazing (spring to fall). Cows with calves and range bulls ...
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How would a sea turtle end up on its back?

There are a few possibilities: Other Turtles This site about pet turtles mentions the possibility that turtles fighting over a mate (or actually mating) may end up on their backs. When breeding ...
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Will a coyote attack my dog on a leash while I'm on a hiking trail?

Has this happened sure, Traps have been set out after an elderly woman was walking her small, mixed-breed dog on a leash around 10 a.m. on Saturday on Avenida Majorca and a coyote began attacking the ...
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Dozens of earthworms came on my terrace and died there

Purely speculative hypothesis: Worms are coldblooded, which means they depend on temperatures above freezing for their metabolism to function. They survive the winter by burrowing down below the ...
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How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?

I know this question has been protected, but since I was invited in a comment to post an answer, especially about things that we shouldn't do, I'm going to add this. There is some great, as well as ...
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Deer activity in the wet

This behavior is well-known to be honest. There's this myth that white-tail activity increases if it rains (the deer seeks shelter). However, the truth is that this doesn't really affect the daily ...
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Why are these turkeys circling a dead cat?

It looks like a combination of checking out a potential predator and following a leader. Turkeys, he says, are naturally fearful of cats, which can be a threat to younger, smaller birds. So it’s ...
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How can I tell if a opossum is truly dead?

How to tell if an opossum is truly dead? The only safe thing you can do is wait. Commonly after an hour, the ears of the Opossum start to move slightly. This is your indicator to know that it's an ...
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How to react to cattle charging towards you?

Unlike with most predators, running away works if you can get far enough fast enough. The bull chasing you can run faster than you, but the reason he's chasing you in the first place is only because ...
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Frogs in pond attacking one reddish coloured frog?

What you witnessed was almost certainly mating. As this article from TheScientist explains, “Explosive breeding” is a common reproductive strategy among frog species. Males congregate near sources of ...
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Dozens of earthworms came on my terrace and died there

When checking to find out what kind of earthworm we might be discussing, I found sources listing anywhere from 100 to over 6,000 species. That wasn't very helpful so I'll just skip it and assume you ...
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How to react to cattle charging towards you?

When I was a child (probably about 10) I had a small herd of cows all run down the hill towards me as I was crossing the field. They didn't look aggressive and there was no bull so I just stood still ...
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How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?

The best way would be to get a thick stick of suitable length and let the snapper bite it. He likely will be stubborn enough to hang on while you drag him where you want him to go. When he is there, ...
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Pack of coyotes in my neighborhood

Your small dog is at great risk. A coyote recently took the small dog of a veterinary technician at my vet's from the front walk of her house; she was outside and saw it. And if she saw the coyote, ...
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What are Miner bees, and how do they differ from other bees?

The more common term is "mining bees". As the name says, they build nests underground, usually in sandy ground. The other big difference between them and regular honey bees, is that they are so-called ...
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When/Where do foxes attack humans?

Urban red foxes have been known to be a tad vicious or territorial and attack people... but it is not a common occurrence by any means, usually it's due to the fox having gotten itself into a cornered ...
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Is there an easy way to tell if a bee in my yard is being raised in a hive (domestic), or if it's wild (feral)?

I actually had to research backyard beehives not long ago because our Peace Officer discovered someone in town who had hive on their property, and our land use bylaw didn't allow it. I found out that ...
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Which animals would kill porcupines?

According to the University of Michigan, Dept. of Zoology, porcupines are preyed on by lynx, bobcats, mountain lions, wolves, wolverines and great horned owls. I'm surprised this reference doesn't ...
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Which types of animals would peel bark off this tree?

That was definitely a beaver. Nothing else has quite the chewing power of a beaver, for example accoring to Wikipedia, these trees were cut by beavers in a single night. Based on the color of those ...
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What animal could strip all the bark off the lower 7 feet of this tree?

I originally thought a porcupine did this (see my other answer), but after seeing your new photos and a closer look at the original ones I now have a different theory. Your tree was first infested by ...
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Is there a reason for seeing a lot of roadkill badgers in the spring?

Its a combination of the male badgers out looking for mates, Springtime is the most perilous time for wild animals, says Whelan. “A lot of male badgers are killed in spring because they’re out ...
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When should I report a potentially injured-looking animal to authorities in a large, monitored, wildlife area?

In a National Park, unless the animal was harmed by a human, it seems like the park service isn't going to do anything. “The rule of thumb is that if human activity causes an animal to become ...
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