How wild can it be? These animals are certainly not captive, but with 2+ million people visiting each year –most all of them friendly– the animals have lost any fear of humans. The National Park Service try very hard to keep some distance between us and the animals, they even warn that there is a steep fine for approaching wildlife but… I guess that doesn’t stop wildlife from approaching us.

I had to… excuse myself as a deer doe and her two fawns were coming down the same (paved) path that I was following, but in the opposite direction. They didn’t seem to mind. Pose for a photograph? Certainly. Those camera thingies are pointed at them all day long and it hasn’t hurt yet… One of the few times in my life where I was able to photograph non-captive wildlife …with a wide angle lens(!)

I saw this marmot screaming his head off, trying to warn the tribe about a juvenile Coyote nearby.  Then I saw the Coyote him(?)self –a scrawny little thing– he ran away when he heard that dog-whistle-like high pitch yell that the marmot was generating.    The marmots ran toward me (!) (there is safety in humans, I guess) and the Coyote moseyed on back to where he came from…

So… wild(?)-life it is (…………….not?)

Still I appreciated the opportunity…

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A Hoary Marmot on the foggy slopes of Washington's Mount Rainier

A Hoary Marmot on the foggy slopes of Washington's Mount Rainier