Meandering stream on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

We set two cameras, facing different directions, at a site along a meandering stream near a large, mid-elevation meadow system on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to target grey wolves. There are no confirmed grey wolf detections on the GPNF yet though we regularly receive anecdotal sightings. We anticipate the grey wolf will re-inhabit the southern Washington Cascades one day if it has not returned to the area already. At the station, we had regular coyote visitors as well as a herd of elk, and our first owl detections. Over the past seven years, we have documented almost every wildlife species in the Cascades.


Quite a few elk visited the station.

A curious elk.

 A pair of coyotes

A pair of barred owls

A small black bear

The whole family was checking this station, including Luca in my belly, now 4 months old.


Some photos from Mt Hood National Forest

A gorgeous coyote.

Two ravens chatting on a branch.

Below is a neat flying squirrel sequence.


Two coyotes at Bennett Pass

Two coyotes together at station near Bennett Pass. It is a little early for the breeding season - coyotes in the Cascades breed in late winter - so this pair may be siblings.

Probably one of the pair, seen earlier.

It has been an interesting winter with the warmer mountain temperatures, torrential rain, and dearth of snow accompanied by bobcat, coyote, and mountain lion at most of our Oregon stations. We haven't seen such wild cat presence in Washington. This winter we have focused our station locations at various sites adjacent to but not on Mt Hood as we conducted extensive surveys this summer on the mountain itself. We have not detected mountain foxes at any of this season's sites yet, which is surprising as the survey stations encompass a lower elevation area than our sites on the mountain that yielded fox detections but still within the range of where we expect to find some foxes. I imagine that mountain precipitation patterns have a significant impact on fox behaviour as foxes rely on access to the small mammals under the snow a major prey source. Rain fall on snow followed by a freeze-up prevent access for foxes to the subnivean zone where the small mammals live. But its hard to know precisely how these changes manifest themselves. There is much to learn about these rare mountain foxes.


More cats

Here are a couple great photos of bobcat from a station in the Badger Creek Wilderness and a second in lower elevation, open forest that are run by Cascadia Wild and Paul Halliday.


First snowy winter shots from Mt Hood National Forest: Cats, cats, cats

Bobcat streaking through deep snow off Gumjuac Trail

Bobcat peering through rain drops near Teacup ski trails.

Below: A series of shots of a mountain lion chomping on the bait.



Getting back our first camera station photos of the winter season

Bobcat in Pocket Creek area

Another bobcat in Pocket Creek area

Two mountain lions near Gumjuac Ridge