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

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ringtail country

Ringtail country on a winter afternoon.

You're looking at the outcrops and spires on the east side to Butte Creek Canyon not far above the roaring creek.

They also occur in the wetlands of the Sacramento Valley, but they're usually associated with rocky canyon country.

Naturalist Michael Ellis recently mentioned the ringtail's use of cabins in Bay Nature.

I've read about ringtails and prospectors' cabins many times, but so far I've found only one first hand reference.

It is in Robert Pavlik's book Norman Clyde, Legendary mountaineer of California's Sierra Nevada (Heyday Books, Berkeley, CA).

A ringtail moved into Clyde's cabin in the eastern Sierra where it indulged in nocturnal capers above Clyde's bed.

Clyde fed it outside the cabin, though apparently this wasn't necessary because the cabin was well stocked with mice.


KB said...

I've been having a frustrating time, seeing the tracks of many carnivores veer off and avoid my cameras (we have snow cover which is why I know this). I'm going to try a scent lure, and I'm wondering if you've found a good source for the components of the scent lures that you've written about in past posts (mainly to attract cats). I'd prefer not to support a trapping company but they seem like the main sources. Thanks in advance! I'll check back here in case you have time to answer or kynabear5ATgmailDOTcom will get it to me.

I've learned a lot by going back through your posts and appreciate all the work you've put into teaching people like me. I'm a biologist but my training isn't in wildlife biology so this is a whole new world to me.

suek said...

Ummm...I'm not seeing a picture.
Clicked on the small white rectangle I _do_ see, and I get a google page that says "not found".

I thought maybe the whole thing was completely covered with snow...maybe...!

Anonymous said...

I don't see a picture either....


Camera Trap Codger said...

Sorry, folks. I pre-scheduled several posts before I took off for Myanmar, but now it's fixed.