November 23, 2011
On this trip there were several things to do, such as deer transects, gabion inspections, and, of course, checking and retrieving camera photos on the ranches. Gabriel, the interim supervisor for the Biodiverse Ranches project, went with me as well as a vaquero named Richard. Halfway through the trip, Richard was replaced by our own vaquero Laqui, who accompanied me on the rest of the ranch circuit. As I mentioned, we worked on deer transects at Rancho Los Alisos in three different zones. After that we went to Las Cuevas and finally to La Tinaja, where we checked the cameras and supervised new gabion construction on the ranch.
The first-ever jaguar photographs were taken this month at Rancho El Sapo. These were identified as “La Flaca,” the same jaguar we photographed last month at Bábaco. She was photographed by paired cameras that gave us both left and right side views to help with future identification. A mountain lion was also photographed at the same site.
At Las Sabanillas, there were two mountain lion photographs, and Bábaco had two mountain lions and three bobcats. During our rounds, we found a rattlesnake at El Sapo and another snake at Las Cuevas. One new camera was placed at Las Sabanillas, and at Mesa Rica, the camera was moved to an arroyo that is close to a trail in order to obtain more feline photos – I hope that works.
Something I forgot to mention is that on the way to La Ventana while we were still at Las Cuevas, we found a badger and a skunk walking on the trail. Unfortunately, I was not able to take a photo. There were some javelina at El Sapo that were watching us and then ran away. The moments when we see animals like this make the long days in the field worthwhile.
I hope that you like the photos taken on this trip and that we continue getting feline images in order to give you a picture of the reserve and the ranches and also to show you how things are progressing.
Until next time,
Daniela Gutiérrez began her position as the Viviendo con Felinos field technician in March 2011. She works with ranchers surrounding the Northern Jaguar Reserve monitoring wildlife, particularly the area’s four large felines, and promoting habitat restoration.