This was the same day as the sunset I posted yesterday, and of the sheep image I posted a couple of days ago – funny how some days everything just comes together!
This guy really scared us – as we were hiking around through the forest, he burst out of some trees just a few feet from us! Fortunately, he only went about 20 feet and stopped which is when I captured this photo. After that, he went to hunting and we were able to watch him for a good twenty minutes. What a treat!
From what I have read, the lynx population lags the snowshoe hare population by about a year. The last few years, there have been hares everywhere. This year, there were very few. So, I have a feeling that the days of spotting lynx in Denali are about over. Seems like on my trips to Denali over the last couple of years that I have seen at least one lynx on each trip – but in the years before that, I rarely saw a lynx there. If the lynx population does crash as expected, I’m going to miss these wonderful encounters.