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PostTue Dec 27, 2022 3:26 pm 
Track & tree a mountain lion. Attempt #1
fresh lion tracks. Hours old
fresh lion tracks. Hours old
fresh lion tracks. Hours old
fresh lion tracks. Hours old
Fresh wolf tracks. Hours old
Fresh wolf tracks. Hours old
Fresh wolf prints. Hours old
Fresh wolf prints. Hours old
Fresh lion tracks. Hours old
Fresh lion tracks. Hours old
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Wings

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PostTue Dec 27, 2022 3:46 pm 
Attempt #2
Lion tracks. Days old
Lion tracks. Days old

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PostTue Dec 27, 2022 7:39 pm 
Yeah I love trying to read the stories of tracks in the snow. Where were these taken? My winter goal is less ambitious: to survive until spring.

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PostTue Dec 27, 2022 11:03 pm 
Winter Goals... 1. Don't die shoveling snow 2. Don't run out of firewood 3. X-country ski (virgin) 4. Don't go broke at the bar. 5. Improve my dart game. 6. To not stalk a cougar and hope none does the same, wolves, same.

Go placidly amid the noise and waste, and remember what comfort there may be in owning a piece thereof.

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PostWed Dec 28, 2022 11:18 am 
I love following your exploits, Bootpathguy, and the wildlife photos you've posted are spectacular. I'm curious with the current project: How do you find the initial track? I've heard of hunters driving on roads with fresh snow to find a starting point. I would imagine that you identify areas with significant lion tracks, probably using the same techniques that you use to place your cameras, and then start hiking around there hoping to find something fresh. Is there anything more sophisticated than this? Thanks for all the great posts. They are quite fascinating to me. Eric

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PostFri Dec 30, 2022 8:59 am 
Some lovely mood photos in those posts, BPG. But wow ... looking for those kitties when they're especially hungry ... ooh, no thanks! eek.gif

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PostSat Dec 31, 2022 6:36 am 
NightOwl wrote:
Where were these taken?
Near North, Middle & West Fork Teanaway area

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PostSat Dec 31, 2022 6:45 am 
EF wrote:
uote Options Wed Dec 28, 2022 11:18 am EF wrote: I love following your exploits, Bootpathguy, and the wildlife photos you've posted are spectacular. I'm curious with the current project: How do you find the initial track? I've heard of hunters driving on roads with fresh snow to find a starting point. I would imagine that you identify areas with significant lion tracks, probably using the same techniques that you use to place your cameras, and then start hiking around there hoping to find something fresh. Is there anything more sophisticated than this?
I almost always hike a loop or a lollipop loop. I find this the best way to intersect tracks. Last time out, I cut that lion's & wolf's tracks 3 times. Why that lion & wolf were in the same area right around the same time is a mystery to me. My best guess is one was scavenging another's kill. I could hear some noisy Jay's in the distance and I think those wing prints in the snow belong to Ravens. Those were on a cliffy perch overlooking a basin Yes, I'm searching areas where I have discovered lion territory. Nothing sophisticated

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PostSat Dec 31, 2022 10:27 am 
Bootpathguy wrote:
I almost always hike a loop or a lollipop loop. I find this the best way to intersect tracks. Last time out, I cut that lion's & wolf's tracks 3 times. Why that lion & wolf were in the same area right around the same time is a mystery to me. My best guess is one was scavenging another's kill. I could hear some noisy Jay's in the distance and I think those wing prints in the snow belong to Ravens. Those were on a cliffy perch overlooking a basin Yes, I'm searching areas where I have discovered lion territory. Nothing sophisticated
Thanks!

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PostSat Jan 14, 2023 1:10 pm 
Attempt #3 Lots of old tracks & prints. Nothing fresh.

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PostSun Jan 22, 2023 4:04 pm 
Attempt #4
old wolf print
old wolf print
old wolf tracks on river Bank
old wolf tracks on river Bank
wolf, coyote & deer tracks
wolf, coyote & deer tracks
old wolf tracks
old wolf tracks

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PostMon Jan 23, 2023 7:22 pm 
Attempt #5 No large predator tracks. Lots of coyote, bobcat, rabbit & tree dwelling critters. Beautiful day!
??? Rodent?? Lizard maybe?
??? Rodent?? Lizard maybe?
coyotes dug up a brumating snake. Killed it but didn't consume it
coyotes dug up a brumating snake. Killed it but didn't consume it

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PostMon Jan 23, 2023 7:24 pm 
That is quite the bluebird day! A new word to add to your vocabulary is brumation, the reptile version of hibernation smile.gif

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PostMon Jan 23, 2023 8:19 pm 
mosey wrote:
That is quite the bluebird day! A new word to add to your vocabulary is brumation, the reptile version of hibernation smile.gif
Cool! Thank you!

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