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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Well, maybe not just the bull, but let me just say bawling cows woke me up about 2 a.m. (and the windows were shut). I realized Dan was not in bed so thought maybe he was watching a western in the living room (he has difficulty sleeping sometimes). I asked him if he had a western on and he said “Well, GEEZ!!! I’ve got this turned down so low that I have to read lips! No, I’m not watching a western!”

I explained to him that I heard cows bawling. I opened the window to make sure it wasn’t my imagination and yep, there were cows bawling. I “yelled” out to Dan about it and I said if it was just ONE cow, I would think maybe that cow was having a difficult delivery, but there were at least 10 different bawls I was hearing…and it went on, and on.

I felt in my heart that there was either wolves or a bear causing these cows distress, and I truly felt they were Ike McTiver’s herd (which is south of us about 2 miles along M-123 and I'm guessing there are about 30 cows with calves and one bull). BUT I could not be sure that there wasn’t someone else between here and there with cows. However, Dan and I have never seen any cattle other than in Ike’s summer field. I debated about whether to call Ike or not. There are a lot of neighbors to that area who are MUCH closer than we are. And Ike lives down the CR west of the field about a mile. I figured if those cows woke ME up that if something was wrong, someone closer would have alerted Ike or even he would have heard them.

I finally had to put my extra pillow over my ears to try to ignore the bawling because I just could not get the picture out of my mind of wolves worrying the cows and going after calves. There have been problems with wolves and livestock in the Engadine area for years and we have seen wolves in OUR area.

In the fall, when Ike runs the cows and calves back to his farm (down the road) he separates the calves from their mom's once he gets them to the other farm. Now, THERE IS A LOT OF BAWLING GOING ON FOR ABOUT 4 NIGHTS when this happens. THAT doesn't worry me because it is just something that has to be done. But THIS worries me. If I find out anything, I will let you know.


  1. That is funny you mention him since my husband just talked to him last night. He has 45 calves born so far and it is possible he has moved them to another field and calves got separated, disoriented in the process. Cows will sometimes also rattle your ears when they are about to give birth. As if to make an announcement or due to painful contractions! LOL!

  2. DVm's wife, the cows and calves and the lonely bull (well, he can't be TOO lonely!!) were still in the same field as of yesterday. I didn't notice all the bawling till 2 a.m. (it actually woke me up and I'm not complaining about it). I just hope he doesn't find any dead or maimed calves or cows....

  3. I can't believe how sweet you are to be up all night worrying about the cows that were keeping you awake!
    Wonder what it was all about?
    We often hear coyotes across our lake at night in the summer...and there are camps there!
    Oh, by the way...I got a pair of headphones and a battery thingy that plugs into the TV at Big Lots for about $20. You can turn your tv volume to zero, click on this contraption and the headphones, and get all the volume the headphone wearer wants, and no one else in the house hears a thing. We love it.
    Sometimes we want to be in the same room...one of us reading and one of us watching TV...and it works perfect because we can do both and the reader gets silence. You may want to look into it if he gets up often during the night to watch TV.

  4. Retired One...our camping guests sometimes get nervous at night when there is a pack (I guess you call them pack??) of coyotes yipping in the distance, but I enjoy hearing them.

    thanks for the heads up about the earphones. We do have a TV in the bedroom but Dan tries to not wake me up. I might get him a set of those so he won't feel he has to go sit in the living room.


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