Early this morning Mocha awakened me with much excited squriming. Then I saw that ALL of the outside lights were on. Went out to see what it had set off the motion detectors.
Once outside, Mocha headed off to the eastern side of the house. I heard hissing. I figured it was a cat, so I called my girl and we went inside.
It sounded like something was stirring around on the lower roof. I went upstairs to see if I could see it from inside. Nothing to see.
Before I got back to sleep there was more ruckus ... this time on the southwest corner of the house (Mocha's yard). Sounded like digging under the house, where there is a hollow place already.
I went out again, intending to put down some catfood ... and LO! it was a big ol' BADGER. It ran around the perimeter of the fence, and finding no exit but the one I was blocking, it began backing up.
Very excited, I closed the gate and ran to grab my camera (even while knowing I can't get the shot in that light).
By the time I got back, the intruder was nowhere to be seen. By now, I was so exhilarated with the prospect of capturing a badger on film, I decided to do a little research .... just in case he might show up again.
Google: "badger Native American"
Now, mind you, I do not pretend to be a follower of Native American Ways. Nature-based lore has become a part of my internal process, more Jungian than religious.
Much more to follow ....