Re: [CALBIRDS] Californian Mammals
- OK, I feel I have license to share my own badger-car story.....Years ago
(1987) I was working for the Forest Service on the San Joaquin Experimental
Range in the foothills of Madera County and one night I dreamt that a badger
(which I'd never seen before) got hit by a car on the entrance road. The
next day, while I was in town shopping, one did! Now if only my dreams of
seeing a cougar would come true...At any rate, badgers are common, if seldom
seen, south of Yosemite along Highway 41 between Fresno and Coarsegold.
----- Original Message -----
From: "D. Heindel" <birdfish@...>
To: <philip.precey@...>; <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>;
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2003 7:19 PM
Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Californian Mammals
> Hi all,
> I have seen Ringtail in CA but not in many
> years. In my youth a lot of night road running
> for snakes and even mammal traps were set and
> I saw a few Ringtails. Some canyons in the
> Borrego area I seem to recall them at...
> Running roads late late late at night is the way.
> I've seen Badger here too, but they are far
> more common in AZ it seems to me. I recall one
> at Joshua Tree N.M. many years ago would wander
> into the restroom to hunt bugs that came into the
> lights, and we thought it drank water from the
> toilets.... The first time I saw it late at
> night by myself I FLEW out of the bathroom, and
> ran back to camp to get dad. That thing was
> bigger (and meaner - but I was young then) than me.
> Sorry I can't help with current advice on where
> to see them.... I've never seen a wild Mtn.Lion yet.
> Many of the nocturnal mammals are hard to pin down....
> Increases longevity.... Save bear at trash cans....
> At Yosemite, try sleeping with bacon in your bag :):)
> you should see some.....
> good luck,
> Mitch - Torrance, CA
> Mitch Heindel
> > [Original Message]
> > From: <k1mize@...>
> > To: <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>; <philip.precey@...>
> > Date: 7/10/2003 2:38:01 PM
> > Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Californian Mammals
> > Hi, Philip. You can probably forget Ringtail. They're not only rare
> local, but also nocturnal and extremely secretive. I don't know of anyone
> who has seen one in the wild. I've never seen a Badger, either, and I've
> lived in California my whole life. Bobcats are fairly common, especially
> in wooded, hilly areas, but they're also secretive and hard to find.
> have to be pretty lucky to stumble across one. The Santa Cruz mountains
> between San Francisco and Monterey are a good place to look. Yosemite is
> your best bet for Black Bear and Coyote, both of which are pretty easy to
> find there, especially if you spend a night or two, as the bears are more
> active in the evening. Beavers are fairly common in the Sacramento/San
> Joaquin Delta and in small creeks and streams nearly everywhere, although
> you are more likely to spot their dams and lodges than you are to see the
> animals themselves. I don't know that there are any truly wild Pronghorn
> in the state (maybe in the extreme northeast corner?), but there is a
> captive herd that can be seen from the road on Highway 42 between
> Interstate 5 and Highway 101, perhaps 30 minutes east of Paso Robles.
> luck and good birding/mammaling.
> > Kurt Mize
> > Stockton, California
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