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15 wild encounters

Living in the country means you share your property with deer, foxes, or even bears. Our readers share photos of their favorite wild neighbors.
  • Dirty paws

    Larry Dears spotted this winter ermine digging in search of food in western Montana.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Deer, Foxes, Bears, Moose, Birds
  • Caught on camera

    Diana Duffy captured this doe and her twin fawns with a wildlife camera set up in her timber.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Deer, Foxes, Bears, Moose, Birds
  • Snake surprise

    Lynda Dawson lifted a saddle blanket in the barn and was startled by this corn snake! She grabbed her camera, and says the snake hung around and let her take several pictures.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Deer, Foxes, Bears, Moose, Birds
  • Close encounter

    Vicky Kunderer captured a nice close-up of a praying mantis in her garden.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Deer, Foxes, Bears, Moose, Birds
  • Serious wildlife

    Estella Holmes snapped this photo of some bears heading for the orchard one evening.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Deer, Foxes, Bears, Moose, Birds
  • Wade in the water

    "NW campin' lady" submitted this photo to our ShareMy gallery. "I was in my kayak when I stumbled upon this guy," she says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Deer, Foxes, Bears, Moose, Birds
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    This clever fox was captured on film at Margarita Lake.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Deer, Foxes, Bears, Moose, Birds
  • Bambi, is that you?

    Allison Johnson stumbled across this sweet fawn while taking a morning walk around her farm.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Deer, Foxes, Bears, Moose, Birds
  • Turkey trot

    Jennifer Nichols captured this turkey exploring the backyard of her western Colorado home.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Deer, Foxes, Bears, Moose, Birds
  • Graceful birds

    Most people never get to see swans in the wild, but this reader says they're seasonal residents of northern Idaho.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Deer, Foxes, Bears, Moose, Birds
  • Curious fellow

    Here's another animal most people don't usually see in the wild. Christine submitted this photo of a 9-banded armadillo.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Deer, Foxes, Bears, Moose, Birds
  • New babies

    These mourning doves hatched in Michelle Baugh's strawberry planter.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Deer, Foxes, Bears, Moose, Birds
  • Cold critter

    Sue Fancher captured this opossum looking for a snack in the snow.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Deer, Foxes, Bears, Moose, Birds
  • Country buck

    Rhonda Henderson submitted this photo of a buck in velvet, taken deep in the country woods of Tennessee.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Deer, Foxes, Bears, Moose, Birds
  • Backyard visitor

    This striking wood duck took up residence in a big tree in Karl's backyard.<P>

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    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Deer, Foxes, Bears, Moose, Birds
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