Now, for a wild Caturday post...
The mountain lions are patrolling our area, doubtless attracted to the elk herd which has arrived to spend the winter here.
As autumn got underway, I noticed a mountain lion marking area and decided to put a trail cam there. I have found that it is a very popular spot for our lions. In September, a female lion came through in broad day light. Unlike male lions who visit this spot, she simply urinated there. Look at her graceful tail!
And then she walked onward. I wondered if she might be the female who was part of an "amorous pair" drinking from a nearby water pool back in July. If that pair successfully mated, kittens would have been born this month.
Then, for about a month, other carnivores came to the spot but not mountain lions. Finally, on October 22, a lion arrived at this marking area.
The lion was very interested in a scent just off the trail. This view also showed an apparent wound on the inside of the lion's left leg.
Here is another view of the wound.
Only two nights later, another lion visited the spot. I believe that it was a different lion than on the 22nd because there is no wound visible on his left leg, although the view was never perfect for seeing it. This lion did mark - as a male lion would typically do. Remember that "marking" is when they scrape backward with each hind paw and then leave a few drops of urine in the scraped area.
I made a short video of the activities of these mountain lions. Seeing them in motion is a thrill for me - every single time!