Similar to bob's alert-and-ready-to-run stance, the follow-on 2 cat visits both give us a sense of the defensive postures of each species.
The first of the two was a little 'ole polecat. In this case the wonderful western spotted skunk, Spilogale gracilis - both going and coming:
Spotted skunk tail going away from camera at 3:40am
Spotted skunk doing handstand to look bigger and more threatening
Btw - the nickname "polecat" likely comes from Pepe's habit of raiding chicken coops. "Pol" coming from the Old French for chicken - "poul" - that we use today in words such as poultry.
It's not a perfect pic - tad blown out, and not quite in focus, but it shows the little skunk's defensive behavior well, and us cam trapper / field biologist types love good behavioral shots.
And if the bobcat's defensive posture was looking alert, suspicious, and ready to run, this lil spotty's message seems to be:
"Don't make me use this..!"
Btw2 - I know I'm taking liberties with the word "cat." But, I'm guessing that based on Codger's recent success, many of y'all might have thought we'd gotten a "miner's cat" - or ringtail.
But alas - no. Not yet.
And that clue probably tells you what our 3rd cool cat was...
- Wikipedia - Western Spotted Skunk
- Dictionary.com - Polecat
- The Nature of a Man (this blog) - 3 Cool Cats
- The Nature of a Man (this blog) - posts on cam trapping in the Tehachapis