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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of 4 small primates. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Patch Update # 2

Checked the patch today, and found that a puma made an appearance at 9:54 in the morning 2 days after Thanksgiving. That was 4 days after I changed the batteries and memory stick. This was the only picture.

I didn't refresh the scent patch, and evidently it didn't hold much interest. What a difference from back in July, April, and May. If she had paused to sniff it I should gotten one full body shot.

She looks a little thin, and maybe that explains why she's on the prowl at this time of day. So, camera trapping season on pumas has officially opened.

Oh, yes, a few turkeys walked by too.


Owlman said...

Great shot of a cats ass.
I would be very excited to get that much knowing that a Cougar is roaming in my woods. I have'nt set out my camera trap yet due to weather,illness, and waiting for scent lures to arrive. I can't wait to get going and seeing the results.

Camera Trap Codger said...

Get well, Owlman, and get the cam in operation, but keep an on eye on the river.

Brian Miller said...

Is that your scent patch fixed to the side of the tree? I wonder if the seasons make a difference for the scent? Some of the ads recommended a particular scent for one season.

We just have a couple of cameras out now for a test run. We'll start the experiment next week. Brenda and I will put out the 18 cameras as her schedule allows, then we will turn them all on at the same time. We are using the 6 x 6 x 6 design that you recommended.

Camera Trap Codger said...

I don't know about seasonal changes in scent lure attraction, Brian. The only difference this time is I mixed it with glycerin. The patch is attached to the tree with hex head machine screws. (I'll remove them later.)