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Wildlife of the Middle Fork

(With thanks to Julia McCurdy for the following photos and video!)

While rafting down the Middle Fork, we passed few sites of human civilization - a couple of bridges, the Middle Fork Lodge, the Flying B Ranch (quick, Kacey, grab the flag!), a man and his pack horse and for 2/3 of the river a hicking trail. After that it was just the wilderness and her inhabitants.

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Don't you just want to just want to break into song.."I'm an old cowhand....from the Rio Grande...." (photo by Julie)

Our first siting was of a bear on the walking trail and thus we were introduced to guide Pat's "storytelling" ability.

"Oh, that's a fake bear. Sure, his mother was killed by hunters and the Rangers found him and fed him. Now you see him every day walking down to the Flying B Ranch where they will feed him. Then he goes back to the wild until he gets hungry again the next day."

Heather got him back though when she saw a second bear a day later: "Yea, Pat, I could tell it was a fakel bear again."

"Really? How could you tell?"

"When I waved at him, he waved back!" Gotcha!

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Fake bear


Bear video by Julie - click on the arrow in the center of the photo.

Clearly the river was filled with beautiful trout.

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Trout (photo by Julie)

But along the banks, there was more to be seen.

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Bighorn (photo by Julie)

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Bighorn sheep (photo by Julie)

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Grouse (photo by Julie)

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These little guys walked through the entire camp our last morning and could have cared less about the humans around them.

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Otter (photo by Julie)

At the last camp, people spotted a rattlesnake in the rocks but I decided I really didn't need a photo.

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