Hi, my name is Sahand and I currently live on La Condesa which is a street of off Westridge which is the major street that borders Topanga state park on the Eastern side. My property ends in the center of Sullivan canyon adjacent to the Boy Scout camp. I have a resident bobcat that loves coming up to my property in plain view to see if there any squirrels feeding in the area. I have personally seen the bobcat 3 times since I moved here in October 2011 and have purchased a nice trail camera to see if I can get a nice picture or video of the cat. I have seemed to capture deer, coyote, and raccoon but the dame cat evades the camera every time. Any tips on how and where to place the camera. I have some photos taken with my Nikon and the cat looks healthy.P.S. I am willing to help you in any way I can in your research efforts, just ask.
When trying to get a picture of a cat using remote cameras, a good thing to keep in mind is that you might have to wait for a month or more before you get a picture of a wild cat using the area! So, a good first question would be to ask: how long have you had the camera in place?
Other things to do are to make sure the camera is near an animal trail. You can also add to some visual lures in front of the camera zone. We like to use bones, hanging cds, or hanging feathers to attract the animal to the area with the camera. It gives them something to be curious about and focus on. It draws them to the camera zone, and they will frequently actually stop and check it out. Because cats are visual predators, you want to use a visual lure to attract them. Baits will usually get eaten by coyotes and raccoons before a bobcat ever walks by!
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