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Friday, October 9, 2020

A parade of wildlife on a bear scent trail

Deep in the forest, I came upon a bear "stomp trail", which is a trail of indents made by thousands of bear paws hitting the same spots as the bears walk. Bears use these stomp trails to imbue the ground with their own scent from their paw pads.

The astounding part is how many species use trails where bears leave their scents. In this case, one example was a pair of mountain lions. They are a male-female pair who were probably together for a few days while the female was in estrus.

Check out the mountain lions and other species in the video. It's cool to see so many in one spot.

18 comments:

  1. I love the marking with the paws of the mountain lion... reminds me of phenny... wonderful video!!!

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  2. Wonderful video with so many beautiful animals. We did laugh at the skunk☺

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  3. Wow! You'd think some of the smaller animals and birds would avoid the trail. You found a great spot for a trail camera.

    Take care and stay well.

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  4. That really was a fun parade!

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  5. What a wonderful place you live. Beautiful.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. Scritches to the pups. ♥

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  6. Love the bobcats so much, and all the others, a well used trail, wonder what they think as they smell the others' footprints? Cold at 5C, guess this will get snow sometime soon.

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  7. Indeed what LLB said and I will add I LOVE THOSE HIGH FLYING KITTY TAILS
    Hugs cecilia

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  8. You must have so much fun checking your camera feeds. I have a couple set out and may get a deer or two, once in a while a bear make go through but that's about it. I did not know about bear stomp trails, don't think I have ever seen one and obviously would not have recognized it if I had! Learned something new today, thanks!

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  9. What fun to watch! The bobcat looks like a small housecat after those big cats! What kind of birds were those?
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. The birds were grouse! They are such fun little birds.

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  10. That is quite a busy location you found. I'm curious as to what kind of birds those were. I'm guessing a White-tailed Ptarmigan.

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  11. No one respects the bears anymore. Make Bears Great Again!

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    1. Ha ha! I love bears and many people are just "blah" about them. They are such fascinating creatures. Yes, let's make them great again.

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  12. A great place for different animal sightings - it is just about as busy as a main highway!

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  13. I never cease to be amazed at the richness and variety of wildlife in your wonderful part of the world.

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  14. The bear behavior seems atad OCD but heck, who doesn't love a parade!

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