A reminder of what's to come......

Seeing as we are gearing up to set cameras targeting winter wildlife, I thought I would post a photo from late last winter (March 2014) as a reminder of the snow and winter fun to come. I know, I know, its gorgeous fall weather right now. But its exciting to have cooler weather and a change of seasons.


Trail Priorities v2.0

The heady days of summer are about to shift into the glorious bug-free, crisp morning, autumn leaves euphoric fall hiking season. Would you like to take on some additional hikes as we push to hit all our trail targets this year?

Consider these outings: 

Mt Hood
  • Elk Meadow (Gnarl Ridge optional) - approx. 6 miles RT (Mt Hood) 
Indian Heaven

  • Cultus Creek TH to PCT (1.5 mi), and S on PCT as far as you want to go
  • PCT: Crest Horse Camp (FS60) to Berry Mountain (10 mi RT)
  • Trails 48: East Crater TH to PCT and S on PCT to Blue Lake or Berry Mountain 
  • Trail 111: Thomas Lake TH to Little Rock Lake (or Blue Lake)
  • Trail 171: Indian Racetrack and on to PCT junction
Dark Divide
  • Elk Pass to Badger Lake or Badger Peak - approx. 7 miles RT (Dark Divide Roadless Area) 
Goat Rocks
  • Conrad Meadows Loop
  • Jordan Creek TH to Goat Lake
Mt Rainier
  • Tipsoo Lake Loop
Norse Peak Wilderness
  • Bullion Basin - approx. 7 mile loop (Crystal Mountain area)


What does a coyote scat look like? Here are some photos of scats that have had mtDNA sequencing.

Next in our scatology series..... the mighty coyote. The western coyote, that resides here in the Cascade Range, is significantly smaller than the eastern coyote so their scats are smaller as well.

Most scat identification books, such as Mark Elbroch's Mammal Tracks and Sign give a size range of 0.75 and 1.5 inches diameter. It is generally segmented with tapered end (not twisty ends like a weasel, or blocky ends like a bobcat).

Below are some photos of coyote scats as confirmed by DNA analysis.


Volunteer positions in September

I hope you are having a great summer and doing some adventurous stuff. I am hiring a couple trail survey and possible wolverine camera positions, starting pretty quickly here. If you or any of your friends are interested in getting some quick and dirty wildlife field experience, please have get in touch with me. The applicant must have strong physical fitness and mental fortitude, have experience in wildlife field research, and be willing to use their personal vehicle and backpacking gear. Dates are September 2 or thereabouts til mid/late October.


What does Cascade red fox scat look like? Here are some photos of scats that have had mtDNA sequencing.

Red fox scat has rounded ends that are tapered (not twisty) and is often segmented. It is similar to domestic dog scat but much smaller and often filled with berries, hair, bones, grass, etc.

It is approximately 0.25 to 0.5 inches (1cm) in diameter – the same diameter as a pinky finger – and 1 to 4 inches (2 to 10cm) long. If it is a little larger, it may still be fox. If it is smaller (American marten size but without twisty ends), it could be a fox pup. 

Below are some photos of Cascade red fox scats as confirmed by DNA analysis.

Citizen Scientists: Looking for an extra hike to sign up for?

Here is a list of priority trails that we want to cover 4 times this season. If you are interested in hiking one of these trails and collecting scats, please email me at cascadescarnivore@gmail.com.
Thanks! Jocelyn

Goat Rocks
White Pass to Hogback
Snowgrass Trail to Cispus Pass
Goat Lake – wolverine detected in this area in 2009

Indian Heaven
Trail 29 Placid Lake to Pacific Crest Trail
Trail 171 Indian Racetrack to Pacific Crest Trail

Mt Adams
Riley Trail to Burnt Rock
Muddy Meadows Trail to Foggy Flats
Foggy Flats to Devil's Garden

Mt Hood
Timberline Trail – Elk Cove to Cairn Basin
Timberline Trail – Cooper Spur to Elk Cove
Timberline Trail – Cooper Spur to Gnarl Ridge
Eliot Moraine Hike
Timberline Trail - Timberline to Paradise Park (12 mi RT)
Mazama Trail to Cairn Basin
Divide Trail (Badger Creek Wilderness)

Mt Rainier northeast
Emmons Glacier View
Sourdough Ridge
Frying Pan TH to Summerland
Buroughs Loop Trail
White River to Glacier Basin (optional: onward to St Elmo Pass)

Mt Rainier northwest
Paul Peak Trail

Mt Rainier southwest
Eagle Peak (7.2 mi RT)
Paradise River Trail
Kautz Creek Trail (at least 6 miles out, 12 miles RT)
Skyline Trail: Paradise to Panorama Point

Mt St Helens
June Lake to Ape Canyon
Windy Ridge to Loowit Falls
Johnston Ridge Observatory to Spillover
Redrock Pass TH to Loowit Trail
Ape Canyon to Loowit
Mt Margaret Backcountry: Norway Pass Th to Panhandle Lake
Boundary Trail: Bear Meadow
Boundary Trail: Independence Pass

Norse Peak
Chinook Pass - Pacific Crest Trail north to Sourdough Gap (7 mi RT)
Sourdough Gap to Bear Gap (4 mi RT)
Crystal Mountain Trail to Bear Gap Trail

Tatoosh Wilderness
Tatoosh Lakes Trail


Mt Rainier red fox denning activity ...... or lack thereof.

Some of our well-known Cascade red foxes have been seen at Paradise on the south side of the park but there is no evidence of denning activity at the den sites that we monitor. Below are some photos of one female, and some other species who visited one den site.
Female Cascade red fox

Same female Cascade red fox

Ruffed grouse

Hoary marmot

Pine grosbeak (female)