On Saturday, travel guide writers shared a photo showing the backside of an elk, and somewhere in Arroyo, a ravenous mountain lion.
The research reveals that the image was captured by a motion-sensitive trail camera in October 2019 as part of the arroyo restoration project at the Rio Moura National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.
Rio Mora Share the photo As a test for his Facebook followers in July 2020. It’s a tough test and the answer is provided near the bottom of this post.
common theme in travel guide book Comments section: “It took a while.”
Many of Río Mora’s followers struggled to locate the mountain lion and one used a magnifying glass to achieve success.
Understandably, mountain lions, or cougars, are ambush predators that rely on stealth to catch prey.
Rio Mura, a week after her original post, posted More photos It was captured on the same camera in two minutes. It includes the image used for testing and the image showing a mountain lion, which can be clearly seen, following an elk (published below).
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The images, which will be useful if you haven’t already spotted a mountain lion, provide a clearer picture of this predator-prey interaction.
In her description, Ryo Mora stated: “The entire photo series is more than two minutes long. Unfortunately, it does not tell us the final fate of the elk, but it may answer questions that few of you had.
“You can see that based on size and horns, a male Rocky Mountain moose is being chased by a mountain lion in disguise.
“We asked people who worked with mountain lions to see if they could tell us anything more about the sex or age of a mountain lion. It’s hard to say, because mountain lions don’t have very distinct gender traits, but it could be a young adult male.”
Some followers were baffled even after seeing the series of photos. Among the comments was this from Jodi Hammond: “And that’s why we have our sixth sense, that gut feeling that we’re being watched or chased. Always pay attention to your surroundings, especially if the hair at the back of your neck is going up.”