Montana Outdoors

October 27, 2009

A monument

Filed under: Animals, Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 9:45 pm

The general hunting season for big game began Sunday in western Montana. What began this afternoon as a short hike in the rain turned into a hunt of sorts, albeit one with several elements missing, such as a license, tags, a rifle, and an intent.

At the end of a rather short and abandoned forest road it seemed good to point my boots up the slope and climb a small game trail to the crest of a steep and very narrow ridge while enjoying the raindrops that trickled down the front of my poncho and attempted to penetrate the Gore-Tex membrane in my hat, and enjoying as well the soft view across the rain-swept valley below. Hiking along natural trails on a cool day in a light rain is such a pleasant pastime!

Old hunting instincts eventually placed me on a deer and elk trail that meandered along the side of the ridge and finally took me to a small saddle from which I could look down into the canyon to the east, and as I turned south from there toward the larger valley, to the point of the ridge and this rather haunting scene.


Near the base of the old tree, lay this whitened skull

Bobcat skull

which, by its size and shape, I perceived to be that of a bobcat. Sometimes Nature creates a monument for her own.



  1. Stay safe on your hikes.


    Comment by SuzieQ — October 27, 2009 @ 10:42 pm

  2. Very striking!


    Comment by kateri — October 28, 2009 @ 12:03 am

  3. You never know what you will find until you get out there. It sounds like a good hike with an interesting conclusion. What more can you ask for.


    Comment by edvatza — October 28, 2009 @ 2:35 am

    • Exactly, Ed. It was interesting to me, so I thought I’d post it.


      Comment by montucky — October 28, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

  4. Yikes! You know your skulls!! ;o)


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — October 28, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

    • Not for sure, but a somewhat educated guess. Small size, large eyes, short nose; not too many things it could be.


      Comment by montucky — October 28, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

  5. That is odd and spooky. That skull is definitely aged and I wonder if nature put it there or human. The bobcat has rather large eye sockets. I had stumbled on the caucus of a deer while out and about by myself in the wilds, and it appeared to have died because of a human. Sooo, nature doesn’t bother me…. humans, though, hmm…. Provoking photos, for sure.


    Comment by Anna Surface — October 28, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

    • Most likely nature, Anna. It wasn’t in a place where a person would leave it, especially if it is indeed a bobcat.


      Comment by montucky — October 28, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

  6. now that’s what i call a “headstone”!!


    Comment by kcjewel — October 28, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

  7. very interesting! I would never have known that’s a bobcat.


    Comment by silken — October 29, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

  8. Shades of Georgia O’Keeffe. I guess if the bobcat was fortunate enough to have died of natural causes, we should be pleased for him.


    Comment by Candace — October 31, 2009 @ 12:30 am

    • The cat’s demise will always remain a secret. It’s very rare to find that kind of remains.


      Comment by montucky — October 31, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

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