On Saturday morning I put food out in the three locations along the edge of the West Woods. In a spur-of-the-moment decision, I had decided to set my trap. I knew the nocturnal creature who had been eating the food would not come to dine during the day. That meant I would have to check the trap sometime that night – in the dark. As I mentioned yesterday, the spiders this time of year are HUGE. They would be everywhere, millions of them (at least a dozen) in the very area I would need to traverse in order to check that trap. I decided to brave these October spider conditions. Sometime late Saturday night my flashlight and I would go directly into the Halloweenish spider nightmare to see who was fattening for the Winter on three feedings of cat food per night.
As I said, this was early on Saturday morning. About mid-morning, I was back at the house letting my dogs out for a “do-your-business” break. As I opened the side door (which faces west) I heard a squirrel losing its mind in the woods. Wow. This squirrel was SO loud and SO distressed that I decided something terrible was happening to it. I started towards the woods. This squirrel was screaming and chattering so that I didn’t know WHAT to expect. I broke into sort of a trot across my yard. When I hadn’t gotten even halfway between my house and the woods, I heard a noise I recognized immediately. Something was crashing around INSIDE the trap. I knew that sound well. Whatever I’d caught was NOT happy about it. And neither was the squirrel who was witnessing it.
Thoughts were flying around in my head: This wasn’t supposed to happen. Not once since I’d been putting food out had ANY of the food disappeared during the day. What were the chances that on the ONE day I’d decided to set the trap, this animal had made its way out of the woods for a DAYTIME FEAST?! I wondered what I was about to encounter. I knew I could safely release a raccoon or a possum. But for a split second, and admittedly for the first time, I thought about another possibility. What if I’d trapped a bobcat?!?! I went whipping around the corner of the shed, into the lean-to where I’d set the trap, eyes as wide as I could get them in an attempt to send the information to my brain as quickly as possible. And there it was . . .
See you tomorrow.