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Low bird and animal counts at Wylie a result of dry summer

I am back at the Wylie Game Range, where I take regular walks for exercise as well as to assess the changing environment.

Each time there are different animal participants.

In mid-September I was walking over the culvert road going to the wildlife parking lot and office.

There were four gadwall ducks on the left side between the two road culverts.

They acted upset and swam towards me which is unusual.

I noticed behind them an obvious line of surface ripples made by something pursuing them.

All the ducks but one flew; the last one swam within ten feet of me.

Within seconds an otter broke the su...

 

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