We tend to get a lot of calls on our line, and unfortunately we can’t respond to all of them — there’s simply too much follow up for us to do! So while we listen to everything that comes through and log the calls and place markers on our map, we tend to call when we have specific questions.
So far we’ve had two calls today: a dead dog/dead fox and a possible sighting — a dog who looked like Mari chasing a deer in the Fells. It’s tough to get a lot of data from a running dog in the woods — the caller left a specific time and location and described what he saw, which was awesome, so we’re logging it and seeing if anything else pops up nearby. Again, the goal is to figure out where she’s hanging out and set comfort stations to try to lure her to one spot before setting traps. We can’t set random traps because as we’ve seen, the Fells has all sorts of creatures from racoons to fisher cats to coyotes, as well as off-leash dogs, all of whom have visited the feeding station in the past!
Does Mari chase deer? Yes. The only time we ever “lost” her before was when she was hiking with Andrew, saw a couple of deer for the first time in her life, and took off. She apparently chased them across the Fells (according to a biker who saw her) and then came back 10 minutes later. Andrew, of course, was freaking out the whole time and thought he was going to have to call me saying he’d lost Mari. He’d started after her, then decided to stay on the trail and yell for her, and she came back exhausted, panting like crazy, and thoroughly pleased with herself.
Honestly, sol? Three deer? All by your 20-lb self?
Could this be her? Sure. Could it be another dog who got away from its person to chase deer? Yup. I like to think it’s her having a terrific chase and then catching her breath up on some rock before taking a nap, but we can’t really know without other sightings.