Spring at Riding Mountain National Park – Part 3

After leaving the Bison enclosure, we took a different road back, heading into Onanole so I could gas up my car, instead of taking the drive back through the park.  The only gas stations open this time of year are either south of the park at Onanole or north of the park in Dauphin.  The only gas station inside the park is at Wasagaming and it is open from about the May long weekend until sometime in September or October.

Just before we got into town, we found this beautiful young Moose, lying behind a fence, just off the road.  She had willow branches in her mouth and was not chewing them at first, but did afterwards and finally finished them.  She appeared to be in great condition after the winter, but was not acting normally by just lying there while we were not far from her.  At this age, she should have been with her mother, but there was no mother in sight.  There were no visible signs of injury and she appeared to be alert, so after staying with her and talking to her for awhile we finally moved on, with the thoughts of returning later to check on her.

When we first saw her, Debbie tried to flag down a Conservation Officer who drove by, but he must have thought she was just waving a greeting to him, so he waved and continued on his way.

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When we did return later, unfortunately we found that she had died. There was now blood visible and she had obviously been injured by an impact with a vehicle on the road.  The driver did not feel it important to notify the Conservation Officers or do anything to help her and just left the scene.  This poor animal was left to suffer.  At this time of year, there is a lot of animal movement and very soon there will be new babies moving with their mothers.  Please slow down and watch for these animals on the move.  This should not have happened.  😦

I filled my car with gas and we headed back into the park to look for more critters.  First stop was Wasagaming, where I took a picture of the end of the pier, with the Canadian Flag flying and the red chairs.  There are several places throughout Federal Parks in Canada where 2 red chairs are placed together like this.

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Next was Lake Katherine where we looked around and snapped a couple of pictures.

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Then we found a Moose enjoying some branches and watching us watching her.

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She gave us enough slightly different poses, that I snapped several pictures of her and then I took a short video.

Debbie and I headed back to Wasagaming to have dinner at the Lake House before heading back out to look for more critters.  The Lake House is pretty much the only place open in Wasagaming during the winter, but after the May long weekend, there will be much more available.  We had a nice lunch there anyway.

We found a few White-tail Deer in someone’s yard in town.

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Shortly after that, Debbie found a Lynx for us.  This Lynx did not really co-operate with us for pictures.  I did snap one, with more branches showing than Lynx, but then some people drove up and started talking to us and she quickly disappeared before we could do any better.

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The dark oval shape near the middle of the picture is in between her 2 front legs.  Knowing that, you should be able to make out her shape above that.  This was my first sighting of a Lynx and I am taking it.  It was easier to see her in person though.

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Another first for me was this beautiful Beaver!  We were fairly close to him, so not a lot of zoom needed for these pictures.

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By then, it was time to head back to Spruces for our sunset pictures.  I also took a picture of the moon in between sunset photos.

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After the sunset, we headed to Debbie’s place as she had kindly invited me to spend the night.  I met her husband Steve and her dogs and cat.  I got a good night’s sleep, so I was ready to head out first thing in the morning.

What an amazing day – but stay tuned for day #2

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