We did have a possible sighting on the 19th, but it was tough to tell if it was Mari or a fox. The sighting happened at a distance, so the size and coloring were right, but who knows?
I went out with a tracker on Saturday for a couple of hours. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much luck in terms of getting new information. It’s so cold, scents don’t really carry, and it was tough to confirm or eliminate some of the spots — even with sightings from 10 days ago. We were running into the same issue with feeding stations — the food freezes, and the scents don’t carry.
It was helpful to have the tracker go through these areas and get a feel for the terrain, and of course we talked to whoever we saw and gave them mini-fliers. The good news was that people had heard of Mari through some channel and said they’d keep an eye out. I just wish we’d been able to narrow down an area.
And of course it’s the coldest night of the year. Walking around in yesterday’s 11 degree weather, I realized that I was okay with my coat and layers, especially with all of the tromping around. Mari’s coat works the same way, so she should be okay — not happy, but all right, especially if she finds shelter and some food.
But she should be home with her family. We miss her.