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Good for a Laugh: What's the Funniest Thing You've Seen Wildlife Do in the Wilderness?

Is the photo below an outtake from the TV show Dancing with the Dogs?

Not quite, but the sight of an almost-dancing black-tailed prairie dog, supplied by the Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, got me thinking: What’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen wildlife do in the wilderness?

For me, that’s easy. On a warm day after hiking to the top of 5,723-foot Mount Dickerman, a picturesque destination found in the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest northeast of Seattle, I spotted a black bear below me ambling across Dickerman’s snowy lower slopes.


A black-tailed prairie dog appears ready to bust a move. (Photo: Dept. of Interior)

At one point the bear simply flopped on his belly, assumed a spread-eagle formation, and began sliding down a snow-covered decline. When his momentum ran out, he stood up, climbed back up the slope and resumed bodysurfing.

A wild animal at play—so unexpected, and so entertaining. The bear did this a couple more times and then just wandered into the woods

How about you? What’s the most amusing thing you’ve seen wildlife do out in the backcountry?

Posted on at 3:15 PM

Tagged: prairie dog and wildlife

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