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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-14-2012, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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News to me, should have known [where have i been? ], Anyone ever seen one?
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Hard to see them unless you stay up all night but there's tons of burrows all over the Cascades. Vedder Mt to Mowhokam Creek.
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I noticed significant piles of herbage at Deek's Lake recently, in some talus on the north side. Wondered who had gathered it. Rarely seen apparently, but the signs of one are common now I know what to look for.
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I noticed significant piles of herbage at Deek's Lake recently, in some talus on the north side. Wondered who had gathered it. Rarely seen apparently, but the signs of one are common now I know what to look for.
Mountain beavers stop in the Cascades. You must have seen marmot or pika haypile.
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Yes, I have seen one in the southern portion of the North Cascades - many years ago, we photographed it and then ID'd it in the Field Guide to the Cascades and Olympics. We were incredulous about the name; it became a standing joke for years, if we spotted something weird the immediate response was "it must be related to a mountain beaver"!
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Was actually an article in the Sun just yesterday:
http://www.vancouversun.com/technolo...329/story.html

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Mountain beavers stop in the Cascades. You must have seen marmot or pika haypile.
I used to think so as well, but that recent article (Ryan.in.yaletown link) is pretty sure they're here.
I've never seen or heard pikas there, nor marmots. It looked messier and with bigger plants than the hay piles I've seen in areas I know there are pikas. Not much of the alpine flowers and grasses , more small branches and twigs.
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I work with one of the biologists interviewed in that Sun article and he said there were a lot of errors in it.
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I was up at Deek's again, this has been intriguing me.
The location of the mystery animal. Extreme lower left of the bare talus.

The big boulder the critter lives under.


The sticks it gathers


The poo.


More poo. (Poo can be very informative, you know.)


Nothing grows close by except slide alder, devils club and that extremely thorny plant with small glossy dark green irregular leaves and black round berries. Don't know its name. The avalanche lily, salmon berries, grasses and flowers are all up to the top right of the talus slope, you'd think a pika or marmot would den up there where its preferred food is.

Any ideas who lives there, gathers sticks and poo's like that?
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I was up at Deek's again, this has been intriguing me.

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Any ideas who lives there, gathers sticks and poo's like that?
Looks like a packrat to me. It's a good idea to not touch the poo.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pack_rat
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