WAX PO­ETIC.

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The air is chill­ing, which means two things for our furry friends: mat­ing and feast­ing. For hik­ers in the right spot, all the world’s a stage—and these play­ers take their cues from the Bard him­self.

BIG BROWN BAT

To eat, or not to eat? That is the ques­tion. And the an­swer? ’Tis al­ways yes, of course. We will con­sume our weight in small bee­tles Then through the win­ter you and I will sleep.

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3.3-mile Lewis Falls Trail, Shenan­doah Na­tional Park, VA

BIGHORN SHEEP

My bounty is as bound­less as the desert, My horns as tough; the more I fight for thee, The more I dom­i­nate the other rams— hold on. Is that an­other ad­ver­sary I see?

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6.2-mile Lawn Lake Trail, Rocky Moun­tain Na­tional Park, CO

POR­CU­PINE

Shall I com­pare thee to a stormy day? Thou art more prickly and more an­gry Rough winds do shake the for­est leaves Let us re­pair to a hol­low tree!

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Trail­less Sage Creek Area, Bad­lands Na­tional Park, SD

ARC­TIC FOX

If mu­sic be the food of love, play on; My lit­tle, wide ears, that mu­sic hear­ing, Will perk up so high— oh look, a lem­ming!

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Ber­ing Land Bridge Na­tional Pre­serve, AK

MOOSE

I have eaten the twigs that were in your pile— what do you mean this is sup­posed to be Shake­speare?

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9.5-mile Cruiser Lake Trail, Voyageurs Na­tional Park, MN Think you’re a bet­ter poet? Send your own crit­ter rhymes to let­ters@back­packer.com for a chance to be fea­tured.

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