Featured Videos of the Month: June, a Visual Essay

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June was a visually exciting month on the trail. A mountain lion visited a week ago—he stayed for a couple of days before moving on. There’s a new bobcat on the trail he sports a beautiful dark coat. And, our resident coyote, 09M, continues to make his mark.

Mountain lion

A male mountain lion visited the canyon late at night last week. Although he is programmed to avoid humans and he travels through the canyon when people aren’t around, be safe. Don’t hike the trails at night and in the early mornings.

One of the cameras filmed him strolling further up the trail, stopping briefly to check out the vegetation.

Three of the wildlife cameras filmed him on the trail two nights last week. Most likely he caught a deer and cached it in the canyon, returning to dine on it for a couple of nights. Note his tummy—it looks like he recently had a good meal.


Bobcats

Excellent day-time video of one of the resident bobcats being cautious and alert.

This is the first time the cameras have recorded this bobcat. Look at the color of his coat.

Bobcat walking the trail early in the morning.


Coyotes

This pair of coyotes are recent additions to the trail–anyway, the trail cameras have filmed them only for a couple of weeks.

Good video of 09M, alert on the trail.

I love this video of 09M. Check out his story, we’ve been filming him for a few months. Sometimes after we switch the camera’s memory cards he shows up, checks out the cameras and marks.


Deer, skunk and quail

Check out this boy’s points. He’s frequently filmed chasing after does.

I am happy to see this covey of quail. When I was child living nearby, we’d look out the front window and see what seemed like hundreds of quail on the lawn and in the driveway. Sadly, through the years, their numbers plummeted and we rarely saw them. Perhaps they are making a comeback. I hope so.

I love this tail. What a display!


Humans

Something about the trail inspires people to dance.

and to shave.

We all share the trail. In addition to wild animals using the trail, people hike, bike, jog, dance and even shave while traipsing the trail. Although they seldom see wildlife, the animals are aware of the people. They are masters at avoiding humans. The cameras catch people walking past and then later, film wild animals passing by.

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  1. Where o where is this? I live in the Aragon in San Mateo. Every few days somebody night camera catches a lion crossing the Alameda etc, Never caught? Hurrying from the watershed to the bay. its not rocket science to catch one. This place is loaded with rats and would support the modest lion except for the carpet baggers killing the domestic cats.

    1. Mountain lions favorite food is deer. Bobcats and coyotes eat rats along with other small animals and sometimes deer. The trail is in San Mateo County.

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