We've never seen a Gila Monster on the property before. He was out in the open this morning, in fact I almost stepped on him. I ran to get the camera & John kept track of him. By the time I got back he had already found one of the brush piles to go into & didn't appreciate my efforts to get a good picture.
The dogs were barking like crazy, & the neighbor's dog was harassing him, which isn't a good form of entertainment. Gila Monster's have a real nasty bite & disposition to match. According to John's book on desert animals this is their mating season, so he's probably out looking for a friend.
I guess Buddy has decided Pancho is going to be his victim as far as taking off fly masks. I didn't see the mask go, but Buddy was in the area when I noticed it was missing & he has a track record.