Friday, May 22, 2009

Emmanuel Tracking a Bobcat

Emmanuel Tracking a Bobcat, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

Last week I got to go track bobcats using Telemetry, with my friend/roommate Emmanuel who works for the carnivore project in the Santa Monica Mountains. Over the last 7 years or so the NPS has tracked bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions to learn more about their movements and learn how they adapt to living in the urban interface.

Last Friday we located two bobcats, dissected a roadkilled rabbit (the liver will be tested to see if it has ingested rat poison that could be transfered to and kill carnivores like coyotes and bobcats), and drove around Highway 23 looking for roadkill (we found nothing except an old gas can, but the other group found a very rotten coyote corpse and a dead squirrel).

Wildlife stuff is fascinating, but not as fascinating as VEGETATION MAPPING!

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