One of the things I’ve wanted to do with a game camera is put it outside an active nest that something dug under the new woodshed. I think the something is probably a packrat – packrats usually make big untidy pile nests, but they can dig quite well. In particular I’ve seen plenty of pregnant females tunnel under things. And this is right where I predicted packrat nests would turn up, which is the reason for all that hardware cloth. She can get under the wood piles, but not in them.
For some reason the camera thought I needed nine pictures exactly like that. You can’t quite see the tunnel entrance for the mound in front, but I had hope that the emerging rat would trigger the camera.
And it did, just before daybreak…
Pretty clear we need more distance. Also, I’m gonna go ahead and trap that entrance.