On May 17 at 6:40 PM, I set up a game camera at the Hurd Grassland in Weybridge in a wooded section of the property with hopes of getting some mammal pictures in what I felt might be a good corridor in which they might move about. Almost exactly one hour later a Bobcat came along and set the motion sensitive camera off. We have been seeing bobcat tracks at the Hurd property for many years now, so it is very gratifying finally get a look at an animal that might have been leaving those tracks. In the week after that, the camera was only tripped two more times, once by a cottontail rabbit and once by a gray squirrel. Rather than being a remarkable coincidence that a Bobcat would come along so shortly after I set up the camera, I think the cat was curious about the scent of a human in an area where people are rarely found, and following that scent went right in front of the camera.

The game camera used to take these pictures is part of the OCAS lending library of materials and equipment, which include binoculars, wildlife guides, magnifying glasses, insect nets and much more that can be made available to Addison County schools for classroom projects. If you are a teacher, or know a teacher who could use equipment like this in class, please contact us about its availability.

– Ron Payne