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Ringtail Cat

Bassariscus Astutus (Ringtail Cat)


This Mammal was by a rock climbing spot that we had posted up. As i was belaying my partner this little creature pops out of know where and started sniffing for any kind of morsel that could have been possibly left behind. it seem cautious but uninterested that we were present in its area. a very cute little creature with shorten legs, as though it was permanently prowling. possibly one of the reasons why the name was given; ringtail cat even though he is part of the procyonidea (racoon) family, he had more traits to a cat. this was a spectacular sight to see in red rocks national park, NV.


Brush desert, Rocky areas, a place to hide. small Carnivore.


noticed our presents but smelled our food that we took with us.

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GrifChristine 7 years ago

@jeffDreier yes this was an amazing sighting. It smelled our sweet jerky and it was curious. i have encountered a lot of animals while rock climbing. from big horn sheep to bald eagles. my partner showed me this sight Via email. So please follow me through my adventures and all the naturals beauties in the creatures of this earth.

Jeff Dreier
Jeff Dreier 7 years ago

Impressive sighting. I have only seen a couple of road kills and encountered tracks on track plates. I used to conduct a lot of nocturnal surveys for other species in occupied habitat and never came across this species.

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Nevada, USA

Spotted on Dec 11, 2013
Submitted on Apr 11, 2014


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