Unattended In the Woods


A week ago, the police found the body of a young man about 500 feet up this slide chute. It was close to the makeshift camp where he had spent the early winter and just a ten-minute walk from Downtown Juneau. According the police, the body showed signs of being unattended in the woods. It’s that statement that has me taking pictures of ravens during this walk down Gastineau Avenue.


I think about the cloud of ravens, eagles and crows that Aki I watched during last week’s Gastineau Avenue walk. I remember the collection of similar birds drawn to a wolf-killed deer on the glacial moraine. I look away from a nearby raven’s stare.



5 thoughts on “Unattended In the Woods

    1. Dan Branch Post author

      I think he was. The good news is that the police don’t suspect foul play, It looks like it died from injuries suffered during a fall. Still sad. He was only in his 20’s.


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