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Public outcry could save the best wildlife videos in the Interior from extinction

Frank Ritcey has been posting videos and still photos of Interior wildlife for four years but announced he would soon be taking a break from social media.
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October 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - An upcoming social media hiatus planned by Wildsafe B.C. coordinator Frank Ritcey will mean the temporary end of some of the most interesting photos and videos of Interior wildlife.

But fans aren't letting go of him easily.

Ritcey announced in September he would be taking a break from Facebook soon, but told public outcry has made him reconsider.

"It takes up a lot of time," he says. "I got quite a good response from people saying 'no keep showing videos.' I’ll see how it goes."

Ritcey has been posting footage of deer, ducks, vultures, bears and pretty much every other kind of animal in the Interior since late 2013. In the four years since, he has uploaded hundreds of videos and still photos captured by himself or his trail cameras. Most were taken around the Kamloops area.

He frequently uses slow motion and all of his videos include informative, easy-to-understand and often humorous captions. 

"Not only do deer have very sensitive ears - they are also very sensitive about their ears," he wrote July 22. "They don't like to be called radar-head or big-ears. Don't even start about this guy."

Ritcey originally shared his work with Facebook friends only, but recent videos are open to the public and can be found here

Mountain lions at night, bighorn sheep fighting, moose with calves and much more are often accompanied by a musical soundtrack. 

"Dragonflies are cool," he wrote on July 2. "They eat mosquitoes and breathe through their butts. And that's all I have to say about that!"

Ritcey captured video of this turkey vulture east of Pritchard this summer.

And this wood rat being startled by a bobcat.

Here is a black bear feeding while Ritcey tries to work.

His latest video, released Sept. 30, shows rattlesnakes emerging from their den to feed.

"Our prejudice against these animals is something we are taught, as evidenced by the use of two types of soundtracks on these clips," he writes. 

To thank him for his efforts to educate and entertain us, or encourage him to continue posting, visit Frank Ritcey's Facebook page.

He says either way he will continue posting photos and videos to his personal blog.

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