The green space along the Red and Red Lake rivers is proving to be a haven for all kinds of wildlife, a fact George Bibel of Grand Forks saw for himself Wednesday afternoon.
A professor in the UND Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bibel and another professor, Forest Ames, took an early evening canoe trip on the Red Lake River and encountered a hawk, heron, deer — and two coyotes.
Bibel, who shared a photo of one of the coyotes, says he estimates they were about the size of his 55-pound dog, while Ames thought the coyotes were closer to 40 pounds.
Either way, the sightings were a first for Bibel along the Greenway. An occasional interesting bird, yes, he said, but never mammals.
But then again, he added, he’d never ventured out along the river so late in the day — a time mammals tend to be most active.
Another sighting of interest hit my inbox last night, this one from Barbara Roseen of Roseau, Minn., who shared a photo of an albino white-tailed deer buck that was captured Saturday on a trail camera near Wannaska, Minn. According to the time stamp, the albino wandered in front of the trail camera at 7:52 p.m. Saturday night.
Albino deer sightings aren’t common, but they’re not unprecedented, either. As a kid, I remember an albino deer being the talk of the countryside east of Pinecreek, Minn., along the Canadian border northwest of Roseau. Several people reported seeing the albino deer before it eventually disappeared.
In December 2009, I wrote about a suspected albino deer that was spotted north of Crookston.
Turns out, the deer was actually a fallow deer buck that escaped from a barn north of Crookston, site of a petting zoo where the owners had more than 100 animals of 22 varieties on hand.
I’ve shared the Wannaska albino deer photo with a couple of DNR experts. I’ll keep you posted on what they say.