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December 22, 2020


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Jennifer Woodhull

When I lived in Juneau, my job required me to be at work at 4:30 AM. It was not uncommon for me to open the front door to find bear tracks in the snow on the welcome mat. I also remember cutting a mountain hike short when I encountered some breathless hikers moving at a swift pace down the trail. "Bear," was all they had to say. I turned around and followed them down. I've heard neighbors here in Colorado Springs report seeing mountain lions roaming through vacant lots near downtown. We've displaced so many creatures from their natural habitat, it's almost surprising that we don't come across more of them more often.

Kathy Kaiser

Jennifer, indeed neighbors here in Gunbarrel (on the plains) have reported seeing mountain lions and bobcats recently. I suspect there are more wild animals around than we are aware of. My neighbor to the north has "caught" a fox on camera in her backyard, and she thinks the fox is sleeping in one or both of our yards at night.


Wisely altered your course...remind me to tell you about my moose encounter while running the Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage. Moose deserve a lot of respect and some space.

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