For all who are into wildlife, perhaps one of the more exciting things to have an encounter with in the Big Bend region (or any region perhaps) is a wildcat.
In this particular clip I happen to have placed a motion activated camera somewhere very near the Chisos Mountains Lodge area after discussing the nature of my goals with some of the Park Rangers. Not more than two hours after having placed the camera a large cat "appeared" in frame and then moved towards the tree cover I'd anticipated a large cat might want to head for after scoping out the open "ambush" area. Also behind the camera unseen aside from the tree cover is a small boulder field with several crevices and high points where a large cat or any variety of animals can take shelter and watch unassuming passersby. If ever I were to disclose the true location in which this motion activated camera were placed, it might give pause to many of us when we think about ambling about in the wilds of Big Bend for it would make it clear that even though we are not seeing these beautiful beasts in most cases, they are most certainly seeing us. This time around I am sharing this clip from the archives so that we can turn the tables and see the big cat for once.
Have a great day and thanks for checking out this clip! Feel free to share this on social media, I used to enjoy sharing nature clips on social media since it would get a smile from many of my counterparts. That and without being able to take people out to West Texas on the occasional guided trip my income has been significantly impacted. I'm in San Antonio if that helps influence your "support local" direction, and again... All I'm asking is for a share on your own social media stream if you get the chance. Mostly to help others "wow" and take pause to see something even more wild than the current state of affairs in the nation. Also for those in San Antonio, the local zoo has a drive through option during these corona distancing times! Not that it is great to have a lot of wildlife in cages but for those already in cages the S.A. Zoo persists off of the income they make from visitation. Without money to fund operations, it is likely that the animals are the ones being shorted. Without nature there is no nurture.