Very speedy, diving in and out of eucalyptus leaf litter. Too cowardly to catch it like http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/3446483 !
From past files . Found dead .
Found on Skyline Trail just before the junction to Huckleberry and Pinehurst Trails. The mole was observed foraging above ground near a creek. Unknown how common it is for moles to be above surface.
Saw it scampering across the road. When we approached it started digging furiously and ended up underground in some very hard earth. Cool.
dirt left over from tunneling in snow
this is really just a guess, I didn't see the mole, just the dirt tunnel, but it could also be a Mountain Pocket Gopher. It was in a meadow below what looked like the high water level of the reservoir.
This poor little mole was dead/dessicated on the trail. It's uncanny how human-like its hands look. It's kinda sad that the only time I get to see creatures like this is when I find them dead on the trail.
The broad-footed mole (Scapanus latimanus) is a species of mammal in the family Talpidae. It is found in Baja California in Mexico and in California, Nevada and Oregon in the United States at elevations up to 3000 m above sea level. Its karyotype has 2n = 34, FN = 64.