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Animals Found on the Trail

Categories: Vi Making Friends With The Outdoor Folk

The animals most frequently seen in the woods where there is no longer

any large game are the chipmunk, the red, the gray, and the black

squirrel, the rabbit and hare, the fox, weasel, pine-marten, woodchuck,

raccoon, opossum, and skunk, also the pack-rat (of the west), the

white-footed and field mouse. In deeper and wilder forests there are

deer and porcupine, though deer are found quite near habitations at

/> times. In more remote places there are the moose and caribou; the bear,

mountain-lion, lynx or wildcat, and the timber-wolf. The wolf is,

however, equally at home in the open and at this day is most plentiful

on the wide plains of the west. Unless your trail leads through the

remote wilderness, you will hardly come across the more savage animals,

and when you do invade their territory it will give you greater courage

to call to mind the fact that they, as well as the smaller wild things,

are afraid of man. Our most experienced hunters and our best writers on

the subject of animal life agree that a wild animal's first emotion upon

seeing a human being is undoubtedly _fear_. When you come upon one

suddenly you may feel sure that he is as much frightened as you are and

will probably turn aside to avoid you unless he thinks you are going to

attack him. All wild creatures are afraid of fire, therefore the

camp-fire is a barrier they will not pass, and a blazing firebrand will

drive any of them away.