We have a new trail in Idyllwild called cat kill trail – there’s a reason. Some of the local bikers found parts of a dead deer on it. I think we have proof now. We’ve seen lots of tracks out there that look like a big cat and they are usually right along deer tracks.
Most of the tracks are down low near the creeks. When we ride down there I get this feeling that makes the hair stand up on my neck. We usually find some extra energy to speed up a little in that area.
So, i looked up tracks online and compared them to the pics that I got with my camera phone – looks like a good match to me. A couple of days ago, I watched a big cat walk across a field – actually down near the ranger station between here and Hemet. He sat down and watched me ride slowly up the highway. It was about 4pm, so I decided to turn around and head back to the ranger station and call Brendan for a ride. I didn’t want to be anyone’s snack. He might have actually been a bobcat since he wasn’t too big, but he sat down before i could see his tail. I wasn’t going to risk it and besides, if it was time for him to look for dinner, it was surely time for all of his friends to go out as well.
So, here are the pics that I found at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as well as the ones I took with my camera phone. The coin purse that we put down to compare size is exactly 3 inches long. As you will see by the examples online, that’s a bit big to be a bobcat and just right for a mountain lion.
Please be careful out there if you do go out to ride! I’m going to try to stick to mid-day if I ride solo or the trainer in the evenings.