Bobcats seem to be following in my tracks. First, one walked in front of a remote trail camera shortly after I'd visited it to change its memory card.
I passed through unmarked and unknown areas with vast granite walls and open meadows of dry grass. Sometimes I was on slightly trodden paths, and, at other times, I was technically lost because I didn't know where the path had gone. In my wandering, I came upon two hulking mule deer bucks who split up when they spotted me. One kindly posed for the camera - he's a much bigger buck than I've seen near my house where the population is more heavily hunted.
Then, I connected to a path that I've ridden before, and I almost skidded when I saw the size of the very fresh bear scat in the middle of the trail. It was filled with bird food mix... so this bear had raided someone's accessible feeder very recently. It's not surprising since natural bear foods are almost impossible to find in our forest these days. I think that some bears are hiking up from lower elevations to den up here where snow will hide and insulate them later in the winter.
who I captured on my trail camera recently. Although he's not up in the alpine zone participating in the herd's rutting ritual, his hormones are still telling him to make that ethereal high pitched bugle.