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Wolves and coyotes are crepuscular, not nocturnal. That is, they hunt in the early morning and in the evening, not at night.


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There are usually some light sources, even on a moonless night there are stars. Even with thin cloud cover it is not that bad, it blocks some light but also reflects some. Only a really overcast night is going to be "completely dark", and that's not that common. Animals that are active at dawn/dusk/night have generally adapted to make do with ...


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Firstly, August is a good time to go to the Kruger park as it is winter and the day time temperature a bit more bearable than in mid summer (December). Also, winter is the dry season, so the vegetation is a bit reduced, making it easier to see into the bush; in summer the grass at the side of the road grows quite tall and can restrict visibility. As for the ...


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Unfortunately they like the damp (as we typically have in the UK at this time of year) and will find warmth. So there will be lots about and may seek you out. You either need to repel them from your face, or attract them to something else. In the garden I use beer traps to draw them away from my plants. They're dishes with a lid like an umbrella, that you ...


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This is highly dependent on a few different factors. Where you are hiking How you behave while you are hiking When you are hiking I've done some hiking in the Eastern and Western US, and while I can't recall seeing a bear on the East Coast (although there's the general rule to hang bear bags with smellable items), I've got some anecdotes from a 2 week trip ...


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I live on an inholding in the Santa Fe National Forest, eight miles by road to the boundary (and nearest neighbor), 4-5 miles as the crow flies to the closest boundary point. Most of the area is above 7000' elevation and is steeply sloped ponderosa forest. In 15 years we have never seen a mountain lion. We've seen some tracks in the snow, but never the cat ...


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In more than forty years of hiking several times a year in the Sierra in Yosemite and in the vicinity of Yosemite, we have encountered black bears ten or fifteen times. None of them displayed agressive behavior, even the two times when we encountered a mother with cubs although both those times she unmistakeably warned us. We froze and the bear and cubs ...


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It is indeed a bat - most of the microchiroptera (small bats - the fruit bats are the megachiroptera) are tiny - the smallest species are about 1.25 inch (35 mm) long. There are several species of bats common in Europe, perhaps the most common is the Common Pipistrelle, which is quite small; to quote Wikipedia: It is 3.5–5.2 cm (1.4–2.0 in) long along the ...


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After posting the question a couple of weeks ago I found that a few days later the younger hedgehogs had moved in to the garden behind mine but regularly come back in to my garden just after dark. It looks as if they are fending for themselves fine so I guess if they are self sufficient it was a good time for the mother to move on. After leaving the hedgehog ...


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If you are not trained in animal care, there are not going to be any useful guidelines. The only thing to advise would be to take the injured animal to an animal protection centre (if you can do that safely) where they will have qualified specialists who will be able to make that call.


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mogoman's answer is excellent, but I'll add some thoughts of my own after a visit to the park a few years ago. Personally, I'd recommend a week in the park. Given that your chances of having good encounters every morning/evening isn't guaranteed unless you take one of the buses driven by guides (in which case, you're on a bus with lots of other people and ...


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Black bears are widely present in many suburban areas of the Northeast US. Not just out in the few areas with no human presence, but in neighborhoods, people's yards, crossing main streets, etc. That's not to say that a given person will see one often unless they happen to live in a specific spot a bear prefers, but out of six days riding rail trails into ...


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Eastern US, Virginia: We have small black bears. The bears are there and they aren't very stealthy, but they also prefer to keep their distance from people. On the trail they will definitely walk away before you spot them if they hear you coming. The only exception is: Bears and pets don't get along. Usually the only time the bear doesn't just walk away from ...


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You could sprinkle a ring of crushed diatomaceous earth around your bag. I have heard that slugs and snails can't cross over it, it is like cut glass to their soft bodies. It is a very lightweight material that should not be hard to carry a small supply of.


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The simplest general rule is, get yourself acquainted with the laws and regulations concerning killing wildlife where you live and follow them. The fact an animal seems mortally injured (it might or not be so) does not automatically give anyone the legal right to 'end its suffering'.


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Woodhouse's Toad is the best call from the photographic evidence and your testimony. The American Toad, Fowler's Toad, and Woodhouse's Toad are all very easily mistaken for one another. They all have that white dorsal stripe down the center of their back and the light brown mottled appearance of this animal is within the color range for all three species. We ...


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