For those of you following the start up of our trail camera program, here is a new video myself and Bo Ottman retrieved off one of the three camera sites we have working in Canton this evening.
This video shows a Bobcat at night responding to a distressed prey call. Turn your volume up and you can hear the prey call (distressed rabbit simulator) at the 4 second and 40 second marks. The cat has it’s tail moving, and he is intently watching the brush about 5 feet forward and to the left of the cat where the call is located.
On Sunday afternoon, September 23, mountain lion was seen crossing this road, heading in the direction of Dry Bridge Road. Identified by friend of mine, on scooter. Another sighting of mountain lion on my property at Dry Bridge Road last Thanksgiving.
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.
I was driving West on Route 309 when a mountain lion crossed the road about 25 yards in front of my car. It was about 10:15am on the morning of Saturday, June 23rd.
It bounded across the road quickly, in only two or three long strides. It was definitely not a bobcat or dog. And once I got home, I checked online to see if the color and size of a mountain lion matched what I had seen, and it was an exact match.
In late spring 5 years ago I was gardening in my back yard in a house I used to live in in Canton. The yard backed up to the hillside of trails end road. What caught my attention was the sound of something large walking slowly through the leaves, and I looked up expecting to see either a person or a deer. I thought at first it was a large boxer dog due to the pushed in face and color, so I started to walk to the base of the hill, thats when I saw the long tail and realized what it was and that it was walking down towards me! I ran like hell to my kitchen sliding door and went inside, the cat seemed disinterested and continued along the side of the hill past canton valley road, where every dog on the street seemed aware of the animal, and were barking like crazy. I grabbed the phone and called animal control, who told me to call a DEP number. They told me it was a bob cat….which of course I argued because I had my 100lb german shepherd next to me and that cat was just as big if not bigger than him. and I had seen plenty of bobcats, and this wasnt one…the conversation didnt get anywhere after that.
Honestly Im really disappointed about this, its a serious safety issue I had called about. What if I had small children playing in that back yard and they had done as I had and started walking towards the cat but didnt know enough to get back in the house as i did? I think the lack of concern shown but both the DEP and animal control is inexcusable. Im not saying run out and kill the cats in any way, but educate the general public.
Saw A Mountain Lion cross Rt 179 in Canton today about 10:15 am. It crossed the street in front of my truck approx 100 ft in front of me, between Rustle Meadow lane and Wright road. Awesome!! tried to get a picture but phone was to slow as it ran into the woods.
date of event – October 5, 2010. Canton The mountain lion strutted out of the woods into the back yard. I was in the newly completed sun room. I was admiring the floor to ceiling windows and the view into the back yard that early evening. I watched as an animal took languid steps. Its’ shoulder and hip muscles rippled with each movement forward. I was in awe of it and was not thinking about What It Was – Just that it was Right There. The animal turned to look me in the eyes . His beautiful eyes met mine. I was face to face with a lion with only glass between us. His gaze was long. It was a friendly gaze. The animal did not feel threat. He spoke a peaceful language with his eyes. The eyes of the lion and its’ face is forever embedded in my minds’ eye. It was a spiritual moment – He slowly looked away and continued on his path to find his dinner. The long tail swooped up and curled around – the tail was still visible through the woods. I screamed once I realized a lion had looked me in the eyes in my own house . I ran to get my camera but it was too late for that. It was not too late for my boyfriend to come running and confirm that long telltale tail of a mountain lion.