Also quite dead. It was a bad month for moles, apparently.
Dead along the trail. Stiff and ants ran out of the only apparent injury when flipped over. If killed by a predator, it wasn't eaten. Tracker I know has said that this is quite common and there are theories floating about as to why these animals are killed but not eaten. I don't know to what extent it has been studied.
Found dead on the path, relatively intact. One small hole on the side, where small maggots are feeding. Laying on back.
Dead on surface on side of fire road through mixed evergreen forest
Watching this mole digging in the garden was fascinating. First he would run to a suitable patch, then start digging in a tight circular pattern, his body just barely below the surface. Each circle would take him a little further along, and occasionally there would be a pause in activity, when definite crunching noises could be heard! After a while, he would pop out of the ground again and move to a different patch.
The other interesting thing was the mass exodus of worms pouring up out of the ground where the mole was, making a hasty retreat.
Tunnels made under the snow, which then melted.
Identified by size, ~ 6" and geographic range
:-( I love moles.
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.