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Illustrative sequence of mountain lion photos captured on trail camera

June 01, 2018
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Cody - Late last winter Large Carnivore Biologist Luke Ellsbury captured this illustrative sequence of mountain lion photos on a trail camera on the North Fork of the Shoshone west of Cody.

This male mountain lion is making a scrape with his hind legs and then urinating on the scrape.  Mountain lions commonly use these scrapes to communicate their home range boundaries (200-700 km2) and in some instances breeding status to other mountain lions that may be in the area.  To the untrained eye it's just a pile of duff or debris but to a skilled observer, it provides insight into local mountain lion population dynamics.  Capturing this event on camera is a rare occurrence!

For more information on mountain lions or to take the mountain lion identification exam, click here

 

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