John Harrigan: Of woodland caribou and times long gone
Many people are unaware that we once had woodland caribou. These animals followed the regrowth of lichens, mosses and low shrubs as the last glacier receded, about 12,000 years ago, and were hunted by the first people to reoccupy the land. The paleo-Indian hunting camps and workshops for making spear and arrow points from local sources of chert have been the objects of recent digs by archaeologists, who date them to about 9,000 years ago.
A longtime reader, Ernie of East Derry, wondered about the perennial stories about the big buck that got away.
"Why is it that hunters always report seeing or missing a big buck, never just a buck, small or medium," he wrote.
My reply: See "The big fish that got away." And golly, gee, gosh darn, we never talk that way in camp.
Back in February, I asked readers to take an informal poll on otters because in my widespread travels across the state I have seen little evidence in the form of tracks between ice shelves in streams and rivers.
This is the time when everyone who gets heat from wood is working up woodpiles, even as spring sings the siren call of summer.
I, too, have been dragging trees and filling up the woodsheds, and while I was doing that on the first day of May, it snowed.
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