Even in winter, I've been continuing to explore the Lab Valley area. I am particularly curious about the routes used by our mountain lions as they hunt and mark their territory. Prior to the onset of winter, I found a few scrapes but they are very difficult to get to now due to drifted snow. I will wait until spring to check them again.
One area that I've targeted is the edge of a meadow. The meadow is pocked with deer and elk tracks - they forage for food in the meadow. On the first occasion that I visited the spot, I found the tracks of a female mountain lion. She'd patrolled the meadow from the cover of a forest, probably searching for prey.
I set up a cam in that spot, and I waited a couple of weeks before going back to check it. See what I found! There's a funny ending to the video courtesy of a bull elk with a big set of antlers.