We’ve recently got some more pictures back from den cameras and verified a few additional kits! Thus far, we have seen kits from 5 of 9 denning females, for a total of 9. The other females have either not moved dens yet, or made it past our cameras without triggering them.
First came pictures of three kits from female 714C2, who was released last fall. She moved these kits back into her first den (though possibly a different cavity) for a few days, which was something we hadn’t seen before.
Next we saw two kits from 2189C, an animal who was also released last fall and has since made her way to the northeast side of the property. She has denned up fairly high at ~5500 ft., and interestingly there was a marten that came by her den!
Some of the coolest pictures (in my opinion) from this denning season came from cameras on 182F4’s den. She brought her kits down the tree and allowed them to explore for a few minutes before they headed off to the new den (only about 50m away). It appears that females are beginning to spend less time in dens and more time out foraging, which makes the task of finding new dens more difficult.
Anyway, here’s the pics. Enjoy!