Indentifying and Protecting Wildlife Corridors

Mt. Lion, glass door, housecat


Well how about from the comfort of your living room?  This is a truly remarkable video of a Mountain Lion playing , or wanting, but certainly interacting with, a house cat. Lets just say this family’s children will not be playing outside unsupervised any more.

Cat in face-off with mountain lion – BBC News.

Mountain Lion/human interactions are on the increase, and the more we understand about the ecological role of these top carnivores, the better. The better for us, the Mountain Lions, the deer, and all the myriad interactions that ensue from the presence of a top carnivore, designed to cull the weak, the sick, and (ulp) the young.  Of course healthy deer populations are our best ally when we live in Mountain Lion territory, as Deer, Elk, rabbits and other small animals are what Mountain Lions have evolved to eat, not humans.  



Cat in face-off with mountain lion – BBC News.

wildlife overpass

Here is an example of what can happen when people put their money where their mouth is.  If AZ can do it, NM can do it!

Voter-approved wildlife crossing part of Oracle Road widening.

People gotta drive, animals gotta move! But road-kill, no gotta happen.

Deer release

One of the priority wildlife passages in the Rocky Mts. is highlighted here in this NY Times piece:

For Mule Deer, an Incredible Journey –

Trek West trailer on Vimeo

Jaguar in northern Mexico

Jaguar in northern Mexico

Wildlife advocate John Davis trekked from Mexico to Canada along the “Spine of the Continent” to bring attention to the need for wildlife corridors.
Watch a trailer from the Trek West film by film maker Ed George here:

Trek West trailer on Vimeo on Vimeo

via Trek West trailer on Vimeo.

Bobcat takes a break in the yard

Bobcat takes a break in the yard

Yes, bobcats are being trapped here in NM as well, but we’re a long way from CA as you can see in this link to “Project Coyote” and their efforts to protect bobcats in CA:

Help Ban Bobcat Trapping in CA!.

A good description (much better than mine) of how to post a wildlife observation to iNaturalist, by Jonah Evans, on his “Nature Tracking” site:

Animal Tracks on iNaturalist.

Animal tracking data

Black Bear

Bobcat tracks

Bobcat tracks

Happy New Year, and good news for Pathways: our stock just went up with the acquisition of iNaturalist by the California Academy of Sciences. Come see our project there at iNaturalist and post your own wildlife sightings, including identifiable tracks, scat, and other sign you’re sure of. The great part about iNaturalist is that even if you’re a little shaky on the ID, you can call for help from a whole team of professionals around the world who can help you make that identification. Also, its good for Pathways to have our posted data checked and “verified” by experts in the field, who can then mark our data as “research grade” if it passes muster. Visit our Pathways project at iNatrualist here:

So keep those photos coming, and we’ll see you out on the trail in 2015, Thanks!

California Academy of Sciences.


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