In all the excitement surrounding 39M, we didn’t get a chance to introduce our newest conventionally captured cat, 38F.
38F was captured in the large and relatively undisturbed Cemex Redwoods property earlier this month using Dan’s hound dogs. Paul and company located her pretty quickly in the morning. However, she climbed very high into a tree to evade the dogs.
She was too high up to tranquilize and Paul tried an interesting strategy to convince her to move to a different tree. He climbed a neighboring tree and started shaking the tree! After a while, 38F was annoyed enough that she left her initial tree and ran to a second one that was much shorter. Long story short, Paul was then able to successfully dart her and collar her.
38F is a nice looking, 2.5-3 year old female. She is 87 pounds and, upon examination, looks like she has previously had kittens. Welcome to the project!
A KQED news crew was with the puma team the whole day so keep your eyes open for a news story on 38F soon!