Friday, June 3, 2011
Pay attention to your enemy
Set 421 at the Chimineas Ranch-- an eroded outcrop hidden by a patch of holly leaf cherry -- was an interesting crossroad.
It was there that a flock of chukars paused to roost in the trees, and bobcats left their calling cards.
But let's not fool ourselves; the attraction to the mammals was the bait (a punctured can of cat food) and the scent lures -- your garden variety fish emulsion and a butterscotch-scented concoction imaginatively named "green death".
They summoned gray fox, coyote, bobcat, and wood rat and deer mouse.
Here we see Br'er fox sniffing the lure while wood rat watches in the background.
The wood rat that doesn't pay attention becomes dinner.
On only three occasions have we camera trapped these two species together, and the rats hadn't paid attention.
Consequently, they were limp or missing body parts.