by Carl Strang

Recently I found two relatively new burrows at Mayslake Forest Preserve.

This one, not far from the entrance drive, was excavated this past season. Its size is consistent with woodchuck or skunk. I haven’t seen the former species in that area, but I suppose one could have dug it and then moved on. The second, similar in size, is just outside the friary demolition exclusion fence.

It is in the same location as the coyote den that was covered in the run-up to the fence’s construction, and may access the same underground chamber.

I will be interested in learning what animals may be using these shelters in future months.

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