April is an exciting time to see wildlife in the woods. All the animals are active this month. Black bears are emerging from their dens and showing up around the neighborhood. I spotted a black bear and her cubs a few miles from my home and captured a short video.
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There are two species of foxes here in South Carolina, the red fox and the grey fox. The trail cam captured videos of a sly red fox! Red foxes are not native to South Carolina, they were introduced by houndsmen during the late 1600s from New England and Europe. The houndsmen loved using the red fox for hunting because of their crafty and elusive nature.
Foxes have been found in folklore fables for several hundred years as cunning, wise, and adaptable. According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, red foxes are declining in Southeastern states with the invasion of the coyote.
The muzzle of the red fox is longer than the grey fox. Overall, the red fox favors open areas with lots of hedgerows. In South Carolina Lowcountry foxes begin to pair up for breeding in the late fall and early winter.
To learn more about the gray fox listen to South Carolina Public Radio, ‘Nature Notes’ by Rudy Mancke click here. “So, what does the fox say?” click here. 🦊
After viewing 198 trail cam videos, I collected the best to share. As of now, there has been a deer family hanging out in the back of the woods. You will notice that there is a deer on the trail cam that has one horn. I believe that is how the unicorn myth got started.
I have been checking the web and found out that ‘unicorn’ deer are rare in the wild and that they are called piebald fawns, a form of a genetic mutation. Here is a news segment about these adorable deer, click here.
Also, on the trail cam video one deer has a slight eye condition. One of the eyes is smaller than the other…I believe that is also a genetic mutation.
Plus, I recently learned that deer can smell humans about 1/4 mile away! They have 297 olfactory receptors (nerve cells inside the nose) that make their sense of smell extra sensitive.
A family of raccoons live in the back of the woods behind the cabin. Raccoons are extremely intelligent and resilient in the wild. The raccoons have been active since the black bears began their hibernation phase for the winter. Raccoons need to stay safe from bears because they eat raccoons. To read more click here.
Here are a variety of trail cams of the raccoons. Enjoy the trail cam videos!
I have collected all the trail cam videos that were favorited, commented on, and loved by you on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Twitter. Finally, here is the countdown of the best trail cam videos for 2022.
Cha-cha-chunk…there’s a whole lot of chonky bears going around. Their tummies are filled with many goodies as they sneak around looking for something yummy to eat, or they just simply feast on ants and bugs on days when they are feeling lazy.
Wow, there was a lot of activity on the trail camera this month! Here’s a unique assortment of wildlife that our trail camera captured. It seems that mid to late November was the busiest yet. On the trail cam, you will see a one-horn buck, a wild sow and much more! Plus, the bears have not gone to sleep and are still looking for food.