I've had our wildlife on my mind. They are the innocent victims of negligent behavior by people that leads to their home being burned to cinders. In this case, two campers have been arrested and charged with felony arson. They illegally camped on private property and didn't extinguish their campfire.
On Saturday, the day before we were evacuated, I checked a trail camera that showed the mother bear and both of her cubs, looking healthy and spunky. The little black cub was the troublemaker again, as she stopped to mess with my trail camera before following her mom and the other cub into the forest.
Quite honestly, I'd been worried about them. Every sow that my trail cams took footage of had only one cub in view. I feared that one of the cubs from the den was no longer alive.
I let out a small whoop when I saw the footage of mom and both cubs!
Of course, that was just as the fire was starting, and I wasn't aware of it yet. Now, I fear for their safety. Apparently, bears tend to climb trees rather than flee in forest fires. Please send our wildlife some of your POTP - we humans can flee but not all wildlife can.
You can watch this video here or at Youtube.
I prepared this post on Monday while I was briefly at a coffee shop with internet. I'm not sure when I'll be posting again.