The Codger, perched on a nearby rock, watched casually and quizzically as I danced around slapping my head. He apparently thought I had hit myself with the mallet.
"Yellow jacket nest!," I exclaimed.
"Oh," he said. "Put your hat back on."
Always a fountain of wisdom, that Codger.
I skittishly finished securing and setting the cam trap, hoping my swelling pains from accidentally anchoring it to a hornet-inhabited stump would be worth it. And that the cam might survive the local black bear assault for more than 6 days this go round.
But the pool, the hornets, and the cam proved too "unbearable" to do without.
However, this time the camera did last 35 days. Kind of...
Ah, yes - a serene creekside scene.
The first bear "adjustment" came just 5 days later.
Goodness, that's a big bear.
But 4 days after that, another bear shifted it back a bit.
A position the cam held for 2 weeks, through even more bear encounters.
These are two different mid-size browns, btw, bringing the bear total to 5 individuals at this set.
Then, at 23 days, everything goes sideways. Literally.
But, unbelievably, the camera lasted 2 weeks more.
What do you think? Is that the roof of the bear's mouth?
Finally, the cam trap's last photo on day 35:
And here's how I found it:
That's a 1/2" galvanized steel post they snapped.
Needless to say, this cam needs a little repair work.
I can see you -
Your camouflage shinin' in the sun
Animals walking real slow, and you're capturing every one
I can tell you my use of you will still be strong
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