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Jean Enersen snapped this photograph of vole art because it reminded her of a human stick figure.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020



We may not be able to gaze on human art in public galleries right now, but that doesn’t stop us from being privy to nature’s art.

Jean Enersen captured a photo of this pattern, which she noted looks like a human figure, in the soil at Greenhorn.

Such long ropey mounds can be seen all over Sun Valley and elsewhere through the valley, she noted.

Naturalist Kristin Fletcher confirmed that these are made by voles, also known as pocket gophers, for their small size and burrowing habits.

They live underground and create travel corridors right between the snow and the earth. When they excavate their tunnels, they just push the soil up to the surface in these long ropey mounds.

“Sometimes you can actually find the entrance hole. But usually they plug it up with dirt and it’s invisible,” Fletcher added.


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