To all followers of Cougars of the Valley (COV):
Cougars of the Valley (COV) is preparing to launch a major new initiative to document undisputed evidence of a wild Mountain Lion population within our State. I am a volunteer field researcher (Biologist and Physician) working directly with Bo Ottmann the founder and director of this great organization. We have been in the field together trialing camera trap methods that have been successful in many regions and research projects to document big cats.
Cougars are the most elusive of all the wild cats, rarely seen even in areas where their numbers are great. Bobcats are also quite difficult to lure in front of a trail camera. Engaging methods from other research studies, we have been quite successful in our efforts. In the past four weeks, we have captured on high definition trail cameras 5 different bobcats at three camera sites.
Here is a link to a rare, up close daytime video of a large bobcat at one of our monitoring sites in Canton, CT :
I post not only for your enjoyment of seeing this majestic cat, but to also demonstrate the clarity of our high definition cameras which lend to precise identification of the animal.
We are so encouraged by our results (more video links posted below) Bo has agreed to move forward with a major coordinated trail camera effort aimed at clearly documenting our cougar population.
COV will be announcing a fund raising campaign through the web site indiegogo.com with the goal of raising enough money to equip our team of field researchers with at least 20 of these trail cameras. With our methods of visual and olfactory lures in combination with multiple camera sites, we are highly confident of success.
We truly appreciate all the support you can give to this very exciting initiative and plan to regularly share progress reports with the loyal followers of this site and on our facebook page.
Stay tuned for more details and KEEP POSTING YOUR SIGHTINGS REPORTS! We leave you with some of our recent trail camera captures…Enjoy.
Bobcat at Night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsn1YTXoYaQ&feature=plcp
Up close bobcat Simsbury: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF6KECnYpfM&feature=plcp
Curious Bear Touches our Camera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLwGeDv5nWk&feature=plcp
Coyote in Day time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQgtz4ofCEM&feature=plcp
Take care, your comments are welcome and appreciated.
Dr. John Pettini
Daytime bobcat rubbing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaCmwyCXt-M&feature=plcp