There was a family of Black-tailed jackrabbits in the “backyard” of the cabin last year, frequently seen by Sam and myself cruising through the neighborhood. They appeared to have vanished until the past couple of weeks. We thought the coyotes had feasted on them, or maybe the Gray fox that I spotted again this spring. Then there is the pair of Red-shouldered hawks nearby, along with an assortment of other likely predators.
Finally a lone critter, younger than one I photographed over a year ago, hopped across the hill behind the cabin a couple of times recently, and I saw it further down in the neighbor’s yard as well. We’ll see if any more show up this summer.