Often times we see wildlife around the ranch or out on the trails. You may have seen the crazy moose photo on Facebook last week. If not, check it out. This one was a little too close for comfort, but luckily everyone minded their p’s and q’s and Mr. Moose left without any fuss. Then there are the wild cows. They were supposed to be good kids and cooperate with getting rounded up in September. However, this bunch was so unruly and wild that many of them are still out there in the woods enjoying the bounty of a wet summer and luscious grass. Of course there have been deer, bald eagles, elk, fox and more other wonderful critters spotted around the ranch.
But, the most laughable “wildlife” story recently was that of Baylee and her little lamb. One unsuspecting fall day Baylee hopped on her horse with some guests and headed out towards the National Forest for a nice, long ride through the aspens. What she wasn’t expecting was a black sheep to come hunt down her ride, attach herself to the group, and follow them back to the ranch. No joke, this lamb joined them for a long ride through the mountains before following them back to the ranch. Upon returning to the ranch, the lamb decided she wanted to join the herd. However, the horses weren’t so sure about that. The wranglers said they have never seen such a sight as the entire herd going after the lamb like it was some foreign invader. Baylee’s little lamb was rescued out of that mess and put into a pen. She spent a week or so at the ranch while we tried to find her rightful owner. No luck there but we were able to find a home for her at a neighbor’s small ranch where she is now living with some other farm animals. So, just remember, you never know what you will run into out in the woods!