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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tejon Teton Tuesday: trap-camera highlights 1

As part of the ongoing wildlife survey we are conducting throughout the ranch, I have installed a series of motion-sensor cameras that continuously monitor animals and their movements through selected areas. Although terrain, vegetation and weather (particularly wind) present significant challenges to installing and maintaining effective field cameras, they often reveal intimate scenes of wildlife and their everyday behaviors close-up. This week I am excited to share some of my favorite images of Tejon wildlife captured by these motion-sensor cameras. A very special thanks to volunteer and friend of the Conservancy Chris Gardner for helping me organize and edit the constant flood of image files generated by these cameras.
 
Mountain lion (Puma concolor). Bamboo Canyon
 
North American coyote (Canis latrans)  sensing the common raven (Corvus corax) overhead. Mouth of Tejon Creek.
 
Bobcat (Lynx rufus). Cordon Ridge.
 
Wild pig (Sus scofra). Bamboo Canyon.
 
American black bear (Ursus americanus) enduring a late-season snow storm. Cordon Ridge.
 
If you enjoyed these images, make sure to check out next week's post that will include video!