WILD LIFE NOTES
With the resumption of stage travel over the recently opened Paradise road the little brown bear who last season furnished thrills to several hundred people by "stopping" the big red Park Company cars and demanding food of the driver and passengers, is back doing business as usual. Her stand - for this happens to be a lady bandit - is at a point on the road about two miles above Longmire Springs, and her method is to wait patiently at the side of the road until a stage comes in sight, then to stroll leisurely across its path. This means has proven highly successful. No car has ever hit her - therefore none ever will and always among so many people there is someone who has some desirable article of food at hand. Last season she grew slick and fat on such hand-outs and apparently she found comfortable winter quarters for this spring she is still in good shape and has not forgotten that many people carry good things to eat in their pockets.
Recently a family of red-breasted mergansers (Merganser serrator) were noted on the turbulent Nisqually near the Park Entrance. The little ones were only a week or so old and must have been hatched in the Park. In spite of their youth the little bits of down seemed quite at home in the swift water.
Recently the Naturalist heard an agonized squeal in some shrubbery near his home. Rushing out he found a half grown snowshoe rabbit struggling vainly in the grip of a large weasel. The weasel had the rabbet by the back of the neck at a point just behind the ears. When the little yellow demon was dispatched the rabbit lay still for some time, then hopped slowly away.
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