Walking on the Wildside

Camera Trap photo: Natgeo Instagram

Camera Trap photo: Natgeo Instagram

The photo above is a reminder that amazing camera trap captures of wildlife needn’t be limited to remote areas, or even exotic locations.

Bobcat takes a ‘selfie’ above Golden Gate Bridge

Seldom seen, bobcats rarely will stand still for a photo.

But every once in a while the shy, nocturnal feline will take a selfie — although not intentionally, of course.

This one triggered a remote camera hidden on a ridge in the Marin Headlands overlooking San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. The camera was set up by National Geographic photographer Steve Winter.

The photo was posted today on the National Geographic’s Instagram account, but it’s apparently several years old.

Winter had hoped the camera “trap” would snap a photo of a cougar, as there were signs that one or more had been roaming the area. But instead of a mountain lion, the cameras captured this much smaller spotted cat.

With no luck getting a cougar’s mug, Winter headed south and set up in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. This shot of a big cat close to the Hollywood sign got a lot of attention.

Winter is a proponent of peaceful co-existence with wildcats, which would rather have nothing to do with humans.

In his caption, he writes: “As we branch out of our cities looking for new homes we move into the homes of animals. We do live with wildlife in our everyday lives, including small and larger predators.

Read the post here.

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