In a recent post I talked about the similarities between New Zealand and Wyoming in the late 1800's. Today I'm going to explore one of the differences: wildlife.
So back in the 1800's or even today, we can go out into the countryside in New Zealand with no fear of wildlife. We may get stung by a bee or a wasp, or on a rare occasion a grumpy seal might give chase across a beach.
Things are rather different in Wyoming. I make no claim to be an expert on their wildlife and I've never been there, but the following is a list of animals that I know are in the vicinity of the setting of my novel and that I have mentioned in my writing.
Bears - very large and very dangerous.
catamounts or painters.
Big Horn Sheep
Skunks - sometimes called polecats. (Black and white
Beaver - although they were almost trapped to
extinction by the mid 19th century.
Blue jays, and of course the Red-winged Blackbird. (Blackbird being the title of my novel.)
One of the things I have really enjoyed while researching my story has been finding out about these creatures. Their habitats, habits, life cycles and how they affected the people they lived beside. Many of them provided food and clothing, others were a colourful or entertaining distraction, but some of them were dangerous, to the point of death.