About a mile after the first footage, the lion passed another cam at a scent post.
Then, after another mile, covered in about 23 minutes, he passed my favorite scent post under a Ponderosa Pine tree on the saddle of a ridge.
Covering a mile in 23 minutes is a decent pace. Along the route that the lion would have taken to get from one scent post to the next one, our dogs found a freshly killed fawn that morning. At first, I assumed that the lion had killed it. However, after looking at the time that the lion spent traveling from one scent post to the next, I don't think that he had enough time to have done it.
After the dogs found the carcass, I placed a cam by it to see what animal came to eat it. It was a bobcat. And, the bobcat covered the carcass with dirt to save it for later, I began to wonder if the bobcat could have been the one who killed the fawn. I have trouble imagining the bobcat fighting off the fawn's mother... but perhaps he did.
Here's the bobcat hiding the small carcass.
With that side tale told, I'll go back to our lion who continued on his route to the east even as the sun rose and lit up the landscape. I love this bird's eye view - it feels as if I could be sitting on the hillside watching the lion through binoculars.
My last view of him that day was well to the east of here. First he marked the spot....
... and then he walked away.
I have a video that I compiled from all of the clips. I hope that you have time to check it out!
Thanks to our friends at Comedy Plus for hosting the Feline Friday Blog Hop and to the LLB Gang for hosting the Nature Friday Blog Hop.