Saturday, August 16, 2008
Unknown Animal Photo
As I try to document the existence of Eastern Cougars in Appalachia, one method I favor is trail cameras. These motion-censored cameras will take a picture of anything which passes through their field of view. Great for capturing the happenings in the forest when you are not around. That is why the Eastern Cougar Foundation is rather fond of these inventions. My camera was located in Southwest Virginia, and had captured anything of real interest. Until I found one particular picture; though it was not because the photograph had a definitive animal. What I am interested in is determining what animal is captured in the black, just beyond the range of the flash. It has all the likelihood of being a deer, but what if it could be a cougar? What I can tell by the image is the animal is large, bigger than a house cat, from other pictures. And it appears it is the backside of the animal, with its back legs and maybe tail. If anyone can help me determine the animal in the photo, it would be appreciated.