I love to see their tracks. These were made by a young pair who were just passing through this canyon, heading to the next canyon over, then up to some south-facing slopes to hunt mule deer. I missed them by a couple of hours this time; sooner or later I will get lucky.
They like to jump on people’s backs. Maybe you should get one of those face masks to wear on the back of your head so any cat that might be following you would think you were watching it. I love cats, but I don’t think I’d want to meet one close up in the woods.
I make a point of being aware of everything around me. One of the advantages of being old is that you don’t move very fast, giving plenty of time to observe and enjoy everything in all directions. I perceive it to be much more dangerous in a city where the danger is more frequent and the signs of its presence are much harder to read than in the wild country.
I hope to see them too. Sightings are pretty rare though, but I see tracks in many different areas. Haven’t seen a bobcat for several years. Used to see them regularly in the high desert when javelina hunting.
Thank you again for the beautiful images. It’s finally snowing here. We’ve got about four of the promised 12-18 inches so far. I must say I was pretty surprised and pleased to see the puma prints. I recognized them right away, even though I have never seen them in real life.
Glad you’re finally getting some snow. Lion tracks are unmistakable, they are so large and with no nails showing there’s no doubt. There were two cats together and they were both about the same size, not really big.
So inviting, Terry…looks very much like home…and I have encountered those tracks here, too…some appeared to be moderately fresh, probably within hours, but have never seen one of the animals while out on the trail, either….
They sure can stay out of sight when they want to! A few years ago I came within seconds of meeting a big cat face-to-face. I topped a ridge and saw his tracks where he came to a sliding stop and sprang off to the side and loped down into a thick canyon.
All of the photos are beautiful. I was exploring a nearby nature preserve a week or so ago and found lots of prints down by the water – raccoon and deer of course, but also cougar. I’ve since found out that one reason the little preserve is open only from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. is that they don’t want folks running into or disturbing the significant number of “critters” that are there. I really do like that photo of the snow-capped sign.
I visit the Spring Creek area often. It is only a few miles from home and the area hold a lot of game; black bears, cougar, bobcat, whitetail and mule deer, moose, elk, coyotes and Big horn sheep. Always worth a stroll when time permits!