So I’ve been researching Arizona for a story I’d like to write. And there are some WEIRD critters out here!
Ever seen a Gray Fox?
Or a Ringtail Cat?
Or a Jaguarundi?
Or a white-nosed Coati?
Or that we even have jaguars??
Not to mention the deer, pronghorns, kangaroo rats, wolves, ferrets, bighorn sheep, and even some introduced bison somewhere!
I was prowling around the mountainy areas around Flagstaff in Google Maps, and I can definitely see all those critters living up there. Some dense coniferous forest up there. There’s even some deciduous here and there, where the rivers cut through and there’s actually some water. It’s refreshing to look at cottonwoods and things. I’d love to drive up there just to look at trees. Down here in the Phoenix valley, it’s all cactus and mesquite and things.
All in the name of research!
I have yet to spot a pyrrhuloxia, though.