Nov 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm #1309772
I went for my camera check a little later than usual, after sunset. This camera is on a trail that goes up the mountain. Less than 100 yards from tha cabin.
I brought a field viewer with me, crouched down, put the card in and after several fox pictures here came the mountain lion one. I got up as quick as I could just a bit shaky.
I usually bring my dog but he was sore so I went alone..
Knife in hand and with quite the heartbeat I walked back home just a few minutes ago.
Yes, I was a bit scared…Nov 12, 2013 at 5:57 pm #2043882
"Yes, I was a bit scared…"
No kidding, you should see the picture he got of you! :-)
That is very cool Kat (no pun intended, well, maybe…).Nov 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm #2043883
Just remember, s/he has been there all along and hasn't been interested in you. Nothing has changed.
More when you get a chance, please.Nov 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm #2043884
Thanks. I am thrilled. Those are the only lion ones I have. Plenty more bobcats, foxes and deer on that trail within 2 days. I figure now I will get more …Nov 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm #2043885
Normally a big cat like that will attack a smaller human if it can jump you from behind. Then it tries to bite on on the back of the neck. So, wear a football helmet and football shoulder pads so that it can't get a good bite.
Bear spray would be another good tool to have.
–B.G.–Nov 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm #2043886
Kat, you did do it! Very cool to share it with us. I've never seen a big cat in the wild, at least not in the U.S. I actually hope that I never get that close to a big cat, no matter what Greg suggests. But Kat P., just wondering… did you find any cat pee after it was over? Just teasing ya a bit…
Great work with the camera!Nov 12, 2013 at 6:31 pm #2043892
For the next attempt, how about smearing some tuna fish on the tree to get a close-focus shot?
–B.G.–Nov 12, 2013 at 6:33 pm #2043893
Bob, I tried something like that and got over 100 pictures of a skunk…..
I think I will put my other camera on the same tree, but facing the other way.
Gary……cat pee….the mountain lion or did you mean I peed my pants? :)
Neither though.Nov 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm #2043900
For most animals of this nature, the standard bait is canned cat foot, covered by a thin layer of lard or grease to keep it from drying out too quickly. I would try to leave it about two feet high on a tree. That way, the smaller animals can't get to it.
–B.G.–Nov 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm #2043901
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
I'm jealous! And it is hard to make me jealous about North American megafauna. Bighorn, Dall, Moutain goats, Grizzlies, Brown, Barren-ground (yeah, those are different), black bears literally for breakfast, tons of elk (Roosevelt, Tule, Rocky Mountain, Manitoban), moose, caribou, bison, pronghorn, white-tail, black-tail, mule, lynx, bobcat, jaguar, peccary, blah, blah, blah.
It is pretty much down to mountain lions and wolverines for me.
And you saw one of those. Cool!Nov 12, 2013 at 6:55 pm #2043906
Kat isn't going to get any night wolverine shots in California, but the high population of deer will entice just about any self-respecting mountain lion to that area.
David, I have the ones on your list except for jaguar and peccary, and I have only one wolverine.
–B.G.–Nov 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm #2043909
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Cool! Sorry you were scared.
We have friends who live on a rural lake and there were kitty sightings in the area. They had goats too, which is like a Denny's sign on the interstate for a big cat. They go to the mailbox with a big dog and a 12 gauge. There are black bears too.
Another cool thing to do is to rake out some smooth dirt or sand in that path. The tracks can be great. Salt licks can attract all kinds of hooved critters.Nov 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm #2043913
I don't think I will bait….but thanks for the tip Bob.
I also got to know, as in tell apart, some of the younger deer and would rather not influence things one way or the other.
Here is a cute deer one from the camera another 50 yards up on a different trail.
These two are from the same spot, camera, within a couple of days.
Busy trail.Nov 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm #2043919
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
I don't think there's any reason to be scared.
Mountain Lions are pretty common but they don't like us to see them.
I've seen Mountain Lion tracks on top of mine from the previous day.
They're in the brush, watching you all the time.Nov 12, 2013 at 7:26 pm #2043920
@nickbLocale: Los Padres National Forest
Cool photos, thanks for sharing.
I've never been able to get my camera out and turned on fast enough to capture even a half ways decent bear or mountain lion sighting.
I'm lucky to catch a glimpse of them. And then they're gone.
Are you using some kind of motion trigger for these photos?Nov 12, 2013 at 7:35 pm #2043926
I use "trail cameras" which are triggered by motion and changes in temperature. Depending on the camera you can have it more sensitive ( but will get every little bird in there) or less sensitive. Some can do video. My nicest one, the one I used here, only takes pictures and does have a slight red light when it captures, but it's speed and recovery time are great. Another camera is completely covert when it shoots, but it has a much slower recovery rate between shots.
I have seen this cat before but never even came close to having enough time to take a picture, nor was I anything like this close.
Jerry…..I am not worried, but I would not say that there is no reason to be concerned. That isn't very good advice. I think I am about the right amount of concerned. I still go out, enjoy the trails but I have an adequate dose of fear.Nov 12, 2013 at 8:06 pm #2043943
Appropriate paranoia is a good thing.Nov 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm #2043944
Kat, some of the better trail cameras have more batteries inside, and that leads to more available power for night infrared illumination.
Wouldn't it be nice if there was a wireless link inside that could transmit those images over to your house? You could just sit at home and see what was happening. There are some like that, but the wireless range is pretty limited.
–B.G.–Nov 12, 2013 at 8:18 pm #2043946
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
I didn't mean to be disrespectful or anything : )
I get scared from Mountain Lions, like the time I saw tracks on top of mine. It was following my tracks, so it must have been aware of me. I camped near by that next night and was a bit freaked. But not enough to go someplace else : )
Or the time the fire was dieing down and I was about to go to sleep, and then I saw two pairs of eyes go by in the dark 100 yards away. I don't know what type of creatures they were, maybe Coyote or Mountain Lions, or Deer? I threw on some logs, and after a while I got tired and just went to sleep anyway.
Sometimes I put a sturdy stick next to me, or trekking pole – might be a good defensive weapon.
Got to get one of those cameras…Nov 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm #2043947
"Wouldn't it be nice if there was a wireless link inside that could transmit those images over to your house? You could just sit at home and see what was happening. There are some like that, but the wireless range is pretty limited."
There are trail cams that will send a picture to your cell phone, provided of course that it can connect. And cell coverage can now be found in amazing places.Nov 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm #2043952
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.–Nov 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm #2043970
@rexLocale: Central California Coast
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.
— RexNov 13, 2013 at 3:53 am #2043998
@leighbLocale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
Very cool, Kat!
Thanks for sharing!Nov 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm #2044202
You have a right to be proud and excited!Nov 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm #2044216
Next, you want to get the mountain lion to pose for the camera.
That's why I mentioned using tuna on the tree.
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