You might remember this guy kicking off the marking season back in November.
Since then, the mountain lions have paraded to this spot. Each male has left his own mark in almost the same place as all the other lions.
Other carnivore species have visited as well. Here is a bobcat, small in stature but large in spirit.
As he departed the spot, he looked regally in the direction of the camera.
The next visitor was a coyote who brazenly urinated directly over the lions' scent.
The coyote was very wary, fleeing toward the cover of the forest a couple of times (as you'll see in the video). Here, he stood still to listen for danger. I bet that he smelled the recent markings left by lions who could easily kill him.
Finally, one of the kings of our forest visited just a couple of nights ago. He marked in almost the identical spot as the first lion back in November!
My trail cameras record video, which I put together into a single video of the visits of all of these animals. You can watch it here or over at Youtube.
Happy Wildlife Monday!