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Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Big cat is back :) on 01/06/2014 18:31:42 MST Print View

I went to check on one camera and found a large fresh scat right in front of it...only problem the batteries were dead and the card empty :(. That's what happens with the cheaper camera that does not tell you the battery status!

The next camera on it's path caught 6 pictures and an 18 second video. This is my Bushnell, which is nice for the video and the pretty good quality pictures, but it's much slower than the Reconyx.


Such a pretty animal . Those paws!!

Deleted for the time being. Sorry but People stealing my pics got to me. Will try to watermark.

Edited by Kat_P on 02/04/2014 12:50:08 MST.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Big cat is back :) on 01/06/2014 19:14:31 MST Print View

Very nice pics of the cat, Kat.

The ability to monitor remote locations at very low cost is pretty amazing. It opens up all sorts of research possibilities. I mean, beyond the usual Big Brother and Peeping Tom stuff - actual science and more definitive wildlife management data.

Joe Geib
(joegeib) - F

Locale: Delaware & Lehigh Valleys
SC Cougars on NPR on 01/07/2014 08:24:55 MST Print View

Did anyone hear this story on NPR about the Santa Cruz Puma Project?

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: SC Cougars on NPR on 01/07/2014 08:31:52 MST Print View

I did. The Project is run by a researcher at UCSanta Cruz, where I work.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Link to video on 01/07/2014 08:42:56 MST Print View

http://www.flickr.com/photos/katpierini/11809668824/

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Link to video on 01/07/2014 13:01:50 MST Print View

Just look at those giant paws! Look at that fat tail!

--B.G.--

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Link to video on 01/07/2014 13:23:40 MST Print View

Fantastic!

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Link to video on 01/07/2014 17:39:52 MST Print View

What a beautiful animal. Nothing moves quite like a big cat. He sure is one wary critter. It's no wonder we don't see them very often.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Link to video on 01/07/2014 19:04:51 MST Print View

@Bob, I agree, those paws are phenomenal; probably my favorite part of this last series.
@Nick, thanks! And thanks for the shout out on my hats as well :)
@Tom, yes, a wary critter, but I have some thoughts of what was going on there...
A little bit of background.
I think this is a male, given the way it scrapes and leaves scats piles on top of the scrapes. I also think this is a young, 18 to 24 months old cat, because it still has a bit of spots on his coat. ( I have been reading up on them, including all the great work from the Puma Project).
This particular spot is where it seems to spend some time at, versus just walking by. This is where it usually either heads down a steep bank into a rocky gulley and eventually a small creek. This is also the spot where it seems to cut the switchback and just heads up straight and then shows up at another camera more in the open, but usually at night. This time it chose to go straight through, avoid the open trail and get into a rocky bank most likely heading up but hugging the mountain through a more protected area. I have another camera set up higher where it seems to climb back onto a trail from that side but I have not checked it; trying to give the cat more privacy in that upper area. The spot in the video is also where it has left two visible scrapes that could indicate the edge of it's territory. So my theory is that all the circumspection could be about any or all of the following:
1. Here it smells my dog, a horse, the bobcat, me etc.
2. Here it is possible that it may meet another male, which is a big deal as the chances of getting killed by another male are quite high. This possibly being at the edge of it's territory means it really needs to pay attention.
3. Leaving a scrape is also how they hope to attract a neighboring female.
4. It was trying to decide which way to go?

I also think that it just ate a big meal, for it to come from the lower neighborhood in the morning.

This afternoon I went to a midway point where I found old tracks. I hauled up half a plastic barrel and was able to tap Into the water line and filled it. I also wet the sandy clay all around the water container hoping to get some good fresh tracks that could tell me which way it goes from there.

Meantime, one of neighbor cats tracked by the PumaProject has been getting Into trouble in the little town four miles from here. Last week it took a cat from someone's yard right in front of them right before dark. It also snatched a small dog from a deck but dropped it when the owners went at it. Most of the pets and livestock troubles seem to come from collared cats around here; makes me wonder if the repeated capture and collaring from humans makes them more used to humans..

Desert Dweller
(Drusilla)

Locale: Wild Wild West
Lions on 01/13/2014 21:47:23 MST Print View

Down here folks catch lions eating dogfood off their porches and drinking water from fountains and pools. Same thing with the bears. And coati mundi and javelina. And yes I think they get familiar with more contact and it leads to unfortunate circumstances. Nice filming Kat. That cat sure was thinking about something with that twitching tail!

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Lions on 01/14/2014 07:41:57 MST Print View

"...makes me wonder if the repeated capture and collaring from humans makes them more used to humans..."

Or if repeated human, et al, contact (encroachment) leads to capture...

Edited by greg23 on 01/14/2014 07:54:12 MST.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Lions on 01/14/2014 10:03:46 MST Print View

Yes, encroachment on their territory is definitively an issue. However, where I live there are far less people now than 100 years ago. On the other side on the mountains is a different story.
Drought must play a part is seeing more of them, since they are after deer and deer come down to irrigated areas even during the winter..

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Lions on 01/14/2014 11:34:03 MST Print View

Glad to see all of your work is still progressing. The cat in the video is beautiful. I'm no expert, but from what little I know, I'd agree he looks like he's pretty young still.

One thing I've noticed with many of sequence shots and the video is the cats seems to be very cautious in their movements when in front of the camera. They spend a lot of time looking at, or toward the camera, and in some cases even getting down low to "stalk" the camera. Made me wonder if the cats can hear the camera shutter clicking or the camera(s) triggering on when the cats approach, thus causing the cats to act/move with caution.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Lions on 01/14/2014 12:20:25 MST Print View

"if the cats can hear the camera shutter clicking"

Most of these cameras are noiseless. The shutter function is electronic, not electromechanical.

I suspect that they are curious about that strange object strapped onto the tree, and it might have some human scent around it.

--B.G.--

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Got a Mountain Lion photo in Alaska. on 01/14/2014 18:15:14 MST Print View

Mountain Lion Operating System

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Got a Mountain Lion photo in Alaska. on 01/14/2014 18:34:14 MST Print View

10.8

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Others claiming my photos. on 01/22/2014 06:34:06 MST Print View

I've been looking at and searching for mountain lion photos lately and found two of mine claimed by different people in Virginia and Tennessee.
"Check out what my uncle's trail cam got on his farm!!"
" look what's been lurking behind our house...:-0!!! "

I guess it's easy to snap a picture with an iPhone or ipad of what is one the screen. Anyways, I changed my settings on my Flickr page so only friends and family can see them. If I know you or you come across as trustworthy, I can still give you access.

Thanks, Katharina

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Others claiming my photos. on 01/22/2014 06:53:14 MST Print View

"I guess it's easy to snap a picture with an iPhone or ipad of what is one the screen."

On a PC, Alt PrintScreen captures the image on the computer screen. So will a right click and Copy Image. I sure there are equivalents on a Mac. Photoshop does the rest.

If you want to put the images up for public view you can overlay them with "see through" labels. (But if someone wants to take a little time, they can remove the overlay.)

KatsKats

Edited by greg23 on 01/22/2014 06:57:05 MST.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Others claiming my photos. on 01/22/2014 07:17:37 MST Print View

Thanks Greg. I will look into that.
I don't even know exactly why it bothers me, but it does.

Brian Crain
(brcrain) - F

Locale: So Cal
Re: Others claiming my photos. on 01/22/2014 11:50:58 MST Print View

"I've been looking at and searching for mountain lion photos lately and found two of mine claimed by different people in Virginia and Tennessee.
"Check out what my uncle's trail cam got on his farm!!"
" look what's been lurking behind our house...:-0!!! "

I guess it's easy to snap a picture with an iPhone or ipad of what is one the screen. Anyways, I changed my settings on my Flickr page so only friends and family can see them. If I know you or you come across as trustworthy, I can still give you access.

Thanks, Katharina"

I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist or anything but don't assume that it is someone snapping a screeny from your Flickr.

If you google "black pug" the 3rd image there is a black pug puppy with her tongue sticking out, closed mouth, and a green grass background... if you frequent facebook there is a good chance that you may have seen that same pic with some cute or witty caption, it has been all over the place.

My son took that picture ~3yrs ago on his iPod touch. We have never used the "cloud" on any device we own, the photo was never emailed, posted, or shared electronically with friends, family, or anyone else - it was downloaded/sync'd from his iPod touch to our home PC once and has only "existed" (with our knowledge or permission) on his Ipod and that hard drive since. I have absolutely no idea how it made it's way out but it is everywhere.