Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Raccoons find a dead, two-tailed pickerel

A few weeks ago I found a dead pickerel washed up on the shore, with a
second tail sticking out of its mouth. It had tried to swallow a
sunfish, and died with the fish lodged in its throat. There's a lesson
there, somewhere.

I moved the pickerel to a fallen log near the water's edge, hoping to
get some photos of whatever animals came along to devour it. The first
raccoon on the scene dragged it off out of view of the camera. But the
family of raccoons continued to visit the log, which probably picked up
a fishy odor the first day. A mink and a grey fox made fleeting

Here's a video compilation of the wildlife visits to the log over the
course of two weeks.



  1. This is a great compilation! I can't get over how dextrous the coons are. Through the lens of a camera trap, we can learn so much!

    Thank you for sharing...I just posted a bunch of camera pics myself!

  2. Very nice montage. Love the stubby-tail ‘coon. I wish the mink and fox hadn’t been in such a hurry to move on.

    Please post a photo of that pickerel. (Poor guy; what a way to go.)