Over the last several years I've read quite a bit about numerous wild animal species making comebacks in population or starting to appear in areas that they previously were though to be gone from. Not necessarily extinct but just far removed from those original areas. This is all good news to me. I'm happy to see many wild animals growing in population. I know when I was a kid we never saw deer around the area I grew up. That was something that existed far, far away in other parts of Alabama. Now, when I go down in the pastures when I visit Mama, deer trails and tracks are a dime a dozen. Unfortunately, coyotes have come with them, but so far they tend to stay far away from houses. Fox are common now, as are ground hogs and various hawks and other wild fowl.
Knowing all this did not prepare me for what I recently found in my driveway though. A couple of weeks ago, on my daily trek to the mailbox, I spied some very large and very deep claw marks right in the drive, which is hard-packed chert and gravel. I came back and took several photos, as you see below. At first I thought, it must just be a very large dog. But after measuring them....I thought, that'd have to be one big ass dog. There were four claw marks with the outer ones being a good 4 inches apart and about 1 1/2" between each claw. That's just the claws, you see. The paw would be even larger.
At any rate, from this show I was also offered two other opportunities to exhibit my art and I am very excited about that. I'll tell ya'll about that in a later post.