October 25, 2011
After not getting any photographs of jaguars last month, I had no idea what to expect this time and the surprise was one of the best that we could have hoped for. The good news is that there were jaguar photos at El Puerto, La Mesa Rica, and Bábaco. We compared the photos with those already on file, and the jaguar at El Puerto was “Caza,” the same one that we photographed some months back at Las Tésotas. There were also three photos of pumas and four bobcats; ocelots did not show at any of the ranches.
The total number of cameras increased this month, and I put some of them in pairs to face each other in places where felines would most probably come. I will continue placing the new cameras this way, along with the ones I already have.
I had the opportunity to see other species of animals during my field stay, such as a gila monster, butterflies, lizards, the last frog of the season, and a dead javelina. The gila monster was on our way toward the Northern Jaguar Reserve (this was the first time that I’ve seen one), and the dead javelina (part of its jawbone and some other bones) was at El Sapo close to the camera at El Mezquite. Perhaps it was a puma kill because there were tracks near the javelina and there were two photographs of pumas on the camera. I saw the other insects and lizards during my trips to the different ranches.
Some of the strange happenings this month were two heavy nighttime rainstorms, one at the end of September and one in October. One of them soaked through my tent, and in the middle of the downpour, I had to run to find another place to sleep because the wind and force of the rain flooded my house. Ha ha… This was my farewell as I left the reserve, one last night of rain.
I hope you like the photos and the blog.
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.