As I’ve said, we tend to see more signs of critters than actual critters themselves. This photo is an example as well as a puzzle.
We came upon this sight during one of our stomps across the north ridge. What had happened here? On first glance, it seems that a tree had fallen on this poor raccoon, trapping it there until it perished. Yet the fallen tree is hardly larger than my wrist, and I can’t believe that a raccoon couldn’t have worked itself free from such a predicament.
My second guess is that the raccoon had fallen victim to a bobcat, who brought it to this spot to devour. Once the meal was finished, the bobcat left. And later, the smaller tree fell onto the carcass.
It’s puzzles like these that keep bringing me back to the forest.