I'm feeling sad about our wildlife today. A young mountain lion was killed on a road in our vicinity, and I fear that he's a youngster that we've been following. Of course, I have no way of knowing whether the kitten shown in these photos was involved but, regardless, some young mountain lion lost his/her life to a car.
This was one of the first times my trail camera photographed this kitten. In this case, his mom avoided the trail camera. The kitten examined it closely and then moved on.
On the next occasion that the kitten passed this camera, his mom (wearing a radio collar) was with him.
my cameras saw so much interesting behavior from this pair.
I hope that this kitten is okay. I'm fairly certain that he and his mother have parted ways now because I've captured photos that I'm fairly certain are his mother, alone. Based on the kitten's size back in October, I'm not surprised.
It's tough capturing glimpses of the animals who share our forest but not being able to know what happens to them in the long run. But, that's the nature of a wild animal - they live on their terms without humans knowing all their secrets.
Our day was muted, fitting my mood. I'm hoping for some sunshine soon.