Welcome Anonymous
Fledgling
Fledgling
It is currently Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:13 am

All times are



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ Array ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:48 am 
Offline
Emperor
Emperor
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:56 pm
Posts: 2028
Location: Loveland, Colorado
This was a first capture for me. The badger hole is about 12 inches in diameter, a perfect circle. The badger hasn't been around for several weeks. One person told me that if the hole is circular it is probably used to store food while an oblong hole, the shape of the badger's head, is more likely a den site. Anyone else know something about this? I'd like to learn more and I don't have much experience with badgers.

Why would the bobcat spray here. It looks like he's smelling something on the wall at the same spot. Maybe another bobcat? Interesting.

As always, the latest clips can be seen at www.vimeo.com/offthepavement


_________________
An adventurous life is the only one worth living.
ArthurV

http://www.offthepavement.org


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:05 pm 
Offline
Emperor
Emperor
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:33 am
Posts: 2112
Location: Northcentral PA
Interesting. Being weasels badger probably are probably pretty pungent at times. Perhaps that's what induced the bobcat to spray there, or maybe it's coincidence (but I'm not a big believer in coincidences).

_________________
http://forestandfield.blogspot.com/


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:02 pm 
Offline
Emperor
Emperor
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:56 pm
Posts: 2028
Location: Loveland, Colorado
What's odd Woody is that the badger hasn't been there for 2 months. And when he was there I never saw him spray but he could have. Who knows. The only thing using the hole now are mice and wood rats.

_________________
An adventurous life is the only one worth living.
ArthurV

http://www.offthepavement.org


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:36 pm 
Offline
Emperor
Emperor
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:44 am
Posts: 4073
Location: Indiana
Maybe just marking it for later reference!

Blessings...........Pastorjim

_________________
Religion is mans attempt to get to a god. Christianity is God's attempt to get to mankind


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:48 pm 
Offline
Emperor
Emperor
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:40 am
Posts: 1718
Good capture and one worth keeping for the records.

I have photographed Marten marking Cougar scratch piles and Wolf marking Bear trees. Dogs will mark Bear trees and Cougar scratch piles. My guess is that the Bobcat is simply marking another predator's past presence at this site. I have photographed many predators marking another predators scent. Although I have never photographed a prey species mark another prey species scent.

_________________
To greater appreciate an animal is to walk in its footsteps


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:06 pm 
Offline
Emperor
Emperor
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:33 pm
Posts: 3166
Location: Magalia, California
Good catch, David. Leave the cam there and you may get more of the same and some other critters doing it too. There might be any number of critters going in and out of that burrow if it is deep. So it might give off a gamey smell. If you have marmots at that altitude, they also make nice round burrow entrances, but that looks like a rimrock burrow.

Gary's observations are like mine: predators marking over other predator's marks. I get bobcats and pumas spraying and scraping only a few feet apart.

Badgers dig flat elliptical burrows for dens and make big piles of tailings in the process. Deep scratch marks can be seen on the sides of the hole, and the dirt clods are big. Even ground squirrels can enlarge their burrow entrances to resemble badger work, but the tailings don't contain the clods. Clogs and scratch marks are diagnostic of badger diggings. When caching food the hole will not be big (unless they're burying a cow like that video from Utah a couple years ago). And most predators bury their caches. Our dogs do it by pushing dirt with the nose.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:18 pm 
Offline
Emperor
Emperor
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:56 pm
Posts: 2028
Location: Loveland, Colorado
Thanks for the comments. Unfortunately, I'm leading a hike with 16 people tomorrow and I have to pull all of my cameras. I was only able to have them in this open space property from March 1st through tomorrow. But I'm moving them to the elk wallows on Sunday. All is well! Another summer of incredible elk footage awaits. I hope to have some bear activity as well.

_________________
An adventurous life is the only one worth living.
ArthurV

http://www.offthepavement.org


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:24 pm 
Offline
Emperor
Emperor
User avatar

Joined: Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:56 pm
Posts: 2902
Location: Central Saskatchewan, Canada
Animals mark many spots and many times it’s because of all the varying smells. Cool catch David ... can’t wait for the elk footage .. luv them elk.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ Array ] 

All times are


Who is online

Array


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group