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PostSun Sep 06, 2020 8:50 pm 
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Not sure if this is posted already, but there are wolverines in Mt Rainier NP.

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/aug/29/wolverines-return-to-mount-rainier-national-park-a/

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PostSun Sep 06, 2020 8:58 pm 
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Slugman wrote:
wolverines i

I would be thrilled beyond measure to see a wild wolverine.
Way better than all the gneiss and other rock and landforms I've seen in all my long life! (blasphemy for a geologist? 🤯)
Not for this one. All creation is wonderful!

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PostFri Sep 11, 2020 7:38 am 
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Found a dead rodent at Boeing Creek Park last week I didn't recognize.  Looked at some images on line.  Maybe a mountain beaver.  I've never seen one before.  It had rather large paws and freaking huge claws for its size.  Fairly thick bodied, no discernible tail, kind of a blunt nose rather than a long pointy snout.
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PostFri Sep 11, 2020 1:06 pm 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
It had rather large paws and freaking huge claws for its size.  Fairly thick bodied, no discernible tail, kind of a blunt nose rather than a long pointy snout.

Sounds like a mountain beaver. MB will have pronounced long whiskers. The incisor teeth of the MB will be curved with a orange color to the exterior portion while ivory colored on the inside aspect. The orange substance abrades at a slower rate than the ivory colored portion allowing for the curvature seen. Mountain beaver always live near water. They are not able concentrate their urine and rely upon a water source to keep from dehydrating so being found near the creek agrees with that need.
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PostSun Sep 13, 2020 7:14 am 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
Maybe a mountain beaver

When I was a kid growing up in Tacoma my buddies and I tramped around in the North End gulches. We encountered these little burrowers and eventually called ourselves The Royal Order of Mountain Beavers ( I was 'president'😏).
They are cute but feisty little fur balls.

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PostTue Sep 15, 2020 10:10 am 
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What I call a Waterdog but I think is technically a Western Green Salamander. Location not unusual but was taken in June at 5,500 ft below Tomyhoi. It was crawling toward the tarn in the background and would pause every 10' and raise a hind foot and front foot to keep it warm and away from the snow. I thought they buried themselves in the mud until the snow melted. Apparently not!

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PostTue Sep 15, 2020 10:29 am 
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Brushbuffalo wrote:
They are cute but feisty little fur balls.

I accidentally got between one and it's lair...it almost knocked me over trying to get by.  Startled me pretty good.   This was along the Canyon Creek trail to Deer Lake in the Oly's.

There is a stuffed specimen at the Discovery Park visitor center.

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PostThu Sep 17, 2020 9:03 am 
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I ran into this little guy out on the Olympic High Divide loop:


It hung around us, set up its camp right next to ours.

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PostThu Sep 17, 2020 10:39 am 
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coldrain108 wrote:
I ran into this little guy out on the Olympic High Divide loop:


It hung around us, set up its camp right next to ours.

Chukar.  Non native game bird.  Beautiful, aren't they?
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PostThu Sep 17, 2020 11:30 am 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
Chukar.  Non native game bird.  Beautiful, aren't they?


Funny, it seemed almost domesticated. It followed us around and in the morning it was sleeping right next to our tent.

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PostThu Sep 17, 2020 12:25 pm 
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coldrain108 wrote:
Funny, it seemed almost domesticated. It followed us around and in the morning it was sleeping right next to our tent.

Very possible.  People do raise them.  Just glancing at some stuff online, sounds like they don't get as domesticated as chickens but can tolerate human presence.
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