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Can you tell who has been here and what they were doing?  If so, share your explanation on the Naturally Curious website by scrolling down to “Comments.”  (Hint:  those are acorns scattered on the dirt.) Answer will be revealed on Wednesday, December 4. (Photo by Ashley Wolff)

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61 responses

  1. Ann Chilcott

    A fox was trying to dig up a chipmunk.

    December 2, 2019 at 7:51 am

  2. adaniel1960

    A black bear digging up a chipmunk winter cache.

    December 2, 2019 at 7:51 am

  3. Marie Reichelt

    A bear

    December 2, 2019 at 7:55 am

  4. Dale Dailey

    A giant squirrel went to Costco and bought a years supply of acorns and brought them home to put in the freezer.

    December 2, 2019 at 7:56 am

  5. Marie A. Reichelt

    A bear

    December 2, 2019 at 7:56 am

  6. Sue Wetmore

    I think a bear raiding a cache.

    December 2, 2019 at 8:01 am

    • Rita Pitkin

      Hungry bear.

      December 2, 2019 at 8:38 am

    • Marc Sevigny

      I agree with Sue.

      December 2, 2019 at 8:58 am

  7. Maryann Postans

    bear digging up squirrel stash

    December 2, 2019 at 8:06 am

  8. Marcy

    A bear smelled the squirrel stash and dug it up

    December 2, 2019 at 8:08 am

  9. Janet Crystal

    Woodchuck clearing another entrance. (Not a bear, too close to civilization.)

    December 2, 2019 at 8:10 am

  10. Davida sky

    I think it is a coyote digging for a squirrel

    December 2, 2019 at 8:21 am

  11. Alice

    A Porcupine!

    December 2, 2019 at 8:23 am

    • Alice

      My 5 year old grand daughter guesses a Bear digging for a chipmunk!

      December 2, 2019 at 10:11 am

      • She’s mighty close, Alice!

        December 2, 2019 at 2:52 pm

  12. s thomas

    someone went after a chipmunk for a snack

    December 2, 2019 at 8:26 am

    • Amy&Mike

      Woodchuck—-(if there is another escape hole)

      December 2, 2019 at 8:34 am

  13. Pamela Schoch

    A fox’s burrow

    December 2, 2019 at 8:26 am

  14. Nancy N Childs

    a hungry bear….

    December 2, 2019 at 8:26 am

  15. Louise

    I had similar holes and could not guess, but, given the acorn hint, perhaps a skunk or racoon (both live here, too) raiding a cache ? But I have never imagined a cache to contain so many acorns ?? !!

    December 2, 2019 at 8:28 am

    • Bob J.

      I agree with Louise.

      December 3, 2019 at 12:54 am

  16. Nancy N Childs

    a hungry bear…

    December 2, 2019 at 8:28 am

  17. Groundhog! Acorns are a decoy or a delicacy!? 🙂

    December 2, 2019 at 8:30 am

  18. Chris

    Black bear discovering a squirrel cache of acorns and getting excited about it!

    December 2, 2019 at 8:31 am

  19. Joy


    December 2, 2019 at 8:33 am

  20. Gina

    I’m guessing a bear, maybe going after the acorns buried by something else like a squirrel.
    We see this often when bears (or skunks) go after ground wasp nests.

    December 2, 2019 at 8:35 am

  21. hellomolly

    I think a bear did this, judging by the depth of the hole and the footprints leading away from it. But I’ve never heard of bears caching food. And why are there so many uneaten acorns if they were what the bear was after?

    December 2, 2019 at 8:35 am

  22. Black bear dug up chipmunk stash?

    December 2, 2019 at 8:42 am

  23. susantcloutier

    I first guessed coyotes digging up chipmunks. Then I saw the bear comments. I did not think bear because they would stop at the acorn stash and it looks like they worked for a meal of meat. But that could be it. The tracks could be the person’s but if not, then bear. Not knowing the time of year makes it challenging. Thanks for the post! I love thinking about mysteries.

    December 2, 2019 at 8:52 am

  24. A dog looking for his bone.

    December 2, 2019 at 8:54 am

  25. David Thomas-Train

    Way too big for woodchuck, which are probably asleep anyway.From the size of the dirty tracks leading away, I’m going to say bear.

    December 2, 2019 at 8:55 am

  26. Ruth

    I’m thinking bears…deep hole and acorns????

    December 2, 2019 at 8:59 am

  27. Linda Whipple

    I think a skunk

    December 2, 2019 at 9:08 am

  28. Don Mccabe

    I believe it’s from a dog or two who have caught the scent of a squirrel and it’s cache of acorns. The squirrel must be in a tree not far away scolding the dogs.


    Sent from my iPad


    December 2, 2019 at 9:14 am

  29. Ruthie

    Gigantic wild turkey!

    December 2, 2019 at 9:20 am

  30. Kathy Dean

    Black bear digging for (red squirrel?) cached acorns. I can see the bear tracks leading away from the hole…

    December 2, 2019 at 9:28 am

  31. Black Bear. I don’t know really but given the depth and vigorous digging and I know they love acorns!

    December 2, 2019 at 9:29 am

  32. You have the best mystery photos!

    December 2, 2019 at 9:29 am

  33. Stein

    I want it to be a badger… too bad we don’t have them here… But seriously, I think it’s a bear going after a cache left by a squirrel… would the squirrels leave acorns in such a deep hole though? I agree with Susan C., I love thinking about these mysteries.

    December 2, 2019 at 9:35 am

  34. John Liccardi

    Bear digging out a chipmunk cache of food.

    December 2, 2019 at 9:36 am

  35. Elizabeth Hall

    A fox or a coyote going after a groundhog that had stored acorns?

    December 2, 2019 at 10:14 am

  36. Susan Marks

    Looks like a gopher hole.

    December 2, 2019 at 11:37 am

  37. Racoon…

    December 2, 2019 at 11:43 am

  38. Stephanie Rost

    That’s what it looks like when my dog believes there’s a chipmunk in a hole in the yard! But seriously, I’m going to guess: bear after grubs. ??

    December 2, 2019 at 12:02 pm

  39. Mary

    Coyote getting into a cache

    December 2, 2019 at 12:16 pm

  40. Cammie Watson

    Coyote digging up acorns that squirrels hid/buried?

    December 2, 2019 at 12:30 pm

  41. Rebecca

    I don’t think squirrel would have acorn cache in the open area like this, or so deep, so guessing it was something digging up a chipmunk stash. Very large hole. Going with bear. Think coyote or fox would have given up sooner and hole would be more narrow.

    December 2, 2019 at 1:09 pm

  42. Nancy Blasi

    A black bear dug up the squirrel’s cache of acorns

    December 2, 2019 at 1:23 pm

  43. J. Lily Doyle

    A bear has found another four legged’s cache of acorns.

    December 2, 2019 at 1:24 pm

  44. Missy

    A bear digging a cache of Blue Jay’s acorns.

    December 2, 2019 at 1:27 pm

  45. Bill On The Hill

    B4 reading any comments, my assumption was a black bear judging by the size of the hole.
    I see a large cache of acorns immediately around the hole too. However, skunks can do this too. I’ll stick with the bear…
    Bill… :~)

    December 2, 2019 at 2:12 pm

  46. Andy Hutchinson

    Black Bear digging up a Red Squirrel cache

    December 2, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    • Andy Hutchinson

      Oops, changing to Black Bear digging up Eastern Chipmunk cache.

      December 2, 2019 at 4:16 pm

  47. Sally Beckwith

    Bear dug up a midden

    December 2, 2019 at 5:54 pm

  48. finn kelly

    it’s a squirrel. They do dig holes to bury their acorns, and there’s no reason why that wouldn’t be one, with the acorns around it

    December 2, 2019 at 6:13 pm

  49. Sandy Burd

    A marmot dug a burrow and had some acorn snacks before hibernating.

    December 2, 2019 at 7:11 pm

  50. Bear digging up a rodent’s acorn stash.

    December 2, 2019 at 8:30 pm

  51. Jay Cary

    Feral or wild boar digging out a cache of acorns.

    December 2, 2019 at 10:54 pm

  52. Wendall Clough

    Looks like a black bear was digging, a mother and cup did the same on a grander scale in my back yard I had to do a lot of filling.

    December 3, 2019 at 6:04 am

    • Wendall Clough

      ooops I misspelled cub

      December 3, 2019 at 6:06 am

  53. Mary

    This dig site was done by a bear getting at a ground wasp’s nest.

    December 3, 2019 at 7:01 am

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