Happening upon this scene brought mixed emotions. I love the weasel family (Mustelidae), especially the American Marten (Martes americana), so I was naturally excited to be able to get so close to this one. That was only because someone had left a pile of dog food at a campsite.
One of the seven principles of Leave No Trace is “Respect Wildlife,” the reasoning is that feeding wildlife “damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.” Fortunately for this Marten, I only wanted to shoot it with my camera. After taking this shot, I chased the Marten away and packed up the dog food. You can learn more about Leave No Trace at www.lnt.org.