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Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Re: Cool photos! on 11/12/2013 21:28:41 MST Print View

One model will send the image wirelessly to a controller that is up to 500 feet away. Then you get the image file from the controller. The purpose behind that is that your valuable images do not exist at the trail camera, so there is little point in a thief trying to steal the camera, and they don't know exactly where the controller is hidden.

Kat will probably need to bury a high-capacity fiber optic cable down her driveway and along the road so that she call haul all of the images back to her place. A year from now we will be paying annual memberships to view her wildlife shots.

--B.G.--

Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
Great photos! on 11/12/2013 23:34:54 MST Print View

Kat,

Great photos! We know the mountain lions are out there, but it's great to see them.

I feel privileged to have seen two in 30 years of tramping around these mountains. Ironically, one of those sightings was in our back yard, about 20 feet from my office window. I don't worry about mountain lions. I worry a lot more about human attacks than wildlife attacks.

I hope you get lots more photos, and share them.

-- Rex

Leigh Baker
(leighb) - F

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
re:"Got my mountain lion pictures!!! I did it!!" on 11/13/2013 04:53:13 MST Print View

Very cool, Kat!

Thanks for sharing!

Buck Nelson
(Colter) - MLife

Locale: Alaska
Cool cat, Kat! on 11/13/2013 16:05:46 MST Print View

You have a right to be proud and excited!

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re:"Got my mountain lion pictures!!! I did it!!" on 11/13/2013 16:20:39 MST Print View

Next, you want to get the mountain lion to pose for the camera.

mountain lion with an appetite

That's why I mentioned using tuna on the tree.

---B.G.--

Erik G
(fox212) - F

Locale: THE Bay Area :)
Very Cool on 11/13/2013 16:35:43 MST Print View

Kat, that's awesome that you got some pics of the beast!!! Mountain Lions are truly impressive creatures. I wonder if they like catnip the same way their little domestic cousins do...

I've seen one mountain lion, on my parents' old property in the Napa Valley. It had gotten over our 8' perimeter fence/wall and seemed to be unable to find a way out. For a couple weeks it was stuck on our property (so it seemed), and I saw it a few times retreating into the woods. Also heard it 'roar' a couple times as I came home from work in the evenings and that was quite thrilling...Nice kitty... :)

I might have to get me a few of these trail cams...

Edited by fox212 on 11/13/2013 16:36:57 MST.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Very Cool on 11/13/2013 17:25:16 MST Print View

Thanks everyone for indulging me with this .
I placed another one facing the other way. I should probably stay away a few days...
I see what you mean Bob; did you take that one?
Believe me I almost stopped at the store to get cat food...:)

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Very Cool on 11/13/2013 22:10:09 MST Print View

Yes, I shot that one in 2008. Yes, a long lens.

I think a trail camera is good for little critters like your grey fox, or maybe a skunk.

--B.G.--

Kevin Buggie
(kbuggie) - M

Locale: NW New Mexico
another bpl lion on 11/15/2013 13:01:00 MST Print View

I saw this thread a few days after a very close (8 yards) encounter with a mountain lion in the Zuni Mtns, NM.

lion in center

I was turkey hunting (stalking and chirping) at the time, and watched the lion for about 2 minutes at that distance before it seemed to finally identify my totally camo position (un-gloved hand to take pic seemed to give away my postion) and started to crouch and lean in closer. I yelled and fired over its head to scare it off. BPL inspired gear on the hunt was a SPOT, Gtx roclite boots, 7oz. rain gear. This was the second lion (different location) I had seen in 4 days, and the second chance inspired me to take the chance, remove my finger from trigger, and try to get a photo. Much like Kat's experience; one of the best adrenaline shots in years!

gun barrel @ bottom of pic, lion above @ 8 yards

Gun barrel @ bottom of pic, lion at center of pic @ 8 yards. Pine cones and needles in foreground show relative proximity.

Edited by kbuggie on 11/15/2013 13:06:40 MST.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: another bpl lion on 11/15/2013 14:50:11 MST Print View

That gun barrel sticking up there makes it look like a video hunting game.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: another bpl lion on 11/15/2013 15:16:28 MST Print View

@Kevin,

8 yds!

Kevin Buggie
(kbuggie) - M

Locale: NW New Mexico
Re: Re: another bpl lion on 11/15/2013 15:28:00 MST Print View

@Eugene, yup 8. Went back the next day with a friend to verify distance and measure tracks. Think it was a female or young Tom. I was just off of a MTB trail (Berma/Quaking Aspen) you might have ridden in the Zuni 50/100 endurance race

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F - M

Locale: Oregon
Got my mountain lion pictures!!! I did it!! on 11/16/2013 13:14:38 MST Print View

Kat...that's awesome! Now when are we going to see the Sasquatch pics???

Matt

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Met it on the trail :-0 on 11/17/2013 09:39:22 MST Print View

Yesterday I hiked the trail a little further up the mountain to place a camera where I was hoping to get daytime footage. I had hiked up further on another trail before; this one was new to me, but prints and large scat were a good indication that this trail was used regularly by the mountain lion.
This time I did bring my dog, wore a pack high on my back and a hat with sewn on eyes on the back....
My dog was constantly in my way, right by my legs; it was windy which I did not like because even though I kept talking to my dog I thought the sound was nor being carried in the direction we were going.
We walked around a corner and there it was, about 15 yards from us. My dog Is half blind with catharacts, almost deaf and generally clueless and did not see a thing. The lion looked up and took a few very slow steps back before leaping off the trail. My dog never noticed a thing but made sure to roll in the freshest lion scat he found.
On one hand it did not feel too threatening because the cat looked like it just wanted to get away as quickly as possible; on the other hand I do feel like this was a bit close for comfort and maybe I am pushing my luck a bit.
I placed my camera near that spot.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Met it on the trail :-0 on 11/17/2013 10:15:00 MST Print View

Hot Zone!

Jim Colten
(jcolten)

Locale: MN
Re: Met it on the trail :-0 on 11/17/2013 11:38:39 MST Print View

We walked around a corner and there it was, about 15 yards from us.
Notice an adrenaline surge, perhaps?

My dog never noticed a thing but made sure to roll in the freshest lion scat he found.
Could it be that our Kat has joined Andrew Skurka in that elite club of those who've scared the scat out of large predatory mammals? (he-he)

We have infrequent lion sightings in my locale (northern midwest) but they are transients. Seems likely that Kat's is a resident.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Met it on the trail :-0 on 11/17/2013 14:26:38 MST Print View

@Jim

Yes, adrenaline rush and rapid heart beat for sure.
My dog Spotty, poor thing, I guess he was trying to take on the smell of a big cat. Like many dogs he seems to love rolling in some awful smelling dead things too...

This one does seem like a resident. I have found the bones of 3 fawns and one five point buck nearby. I think it is pretty young. I hear the younger ones and females have a smaller radius of territory and circle around more often. Bigger guys make bigger rounds.

@Bob
Your picture is clearly far superior than any of mine. I wasn't really even hoping for a National Geographic type shot; I am just glad to have something. I would love a face shoot, though.
I am also doing this to get a pattern of this and other animals that come by.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Met it on the trail :-0 on 11/17/2013 15:10:58 MST Print View

"I would love a face shoot, though."

That could be arranged.

I would construct a small temporary blind (Brit: a hide) and keep my eyes open overnight.

Yes, these trail cameras are good for scouting purposes, just to see what animals are out there and at what times of the night.

--B.G.--

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Met it on the trail :-0 on 11/17/2013 15:16:59 MST Print View

"Seems likely that Kat's is a resident."

There are at least a couple of dozen mountain lions active in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They thrive anyplace like there where there are lots of deer around. Then also, some of the residences are suburban and rural, and they have pets running loose in the yard. The mountain lions have been hitting them pretty good around Felton.

--B.G.--

Big Daddy
(Warrior) - F
Wow on 11/21/2013 11:15:17 MST Print View

It would be thrilling to capture such a beautiful animal. There have been a few spotted about 25 miles away from me, which is very unusual for this part of the country. (Central Illinois)