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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Playing the "waiting game", New Brunswick, Canada nature photographer Ariele DeMerchant snagged some outstanding pictures of a Canadian Lynx near Scotch Lake(Ontario, Canada).............."For you photography buffs out there, DeMerchant used a "low-end" DSLR camera, a $200 motion sensor and two external flashes and then waterproofed them with Tupperware".............. "A coat of camouflaging paint later and she had a rig ready to catch her elusive subject in its element"................. "The gear sat in the wild during all of this past Winter without getting damaged"..............."In fact, it took her the whole Winter to finally come up with the beautiful pics below"

Nature photographer spent months waiting for the perfect lynx photo

Good light and the lynx's penetrating stare result in stand-out shot caught by trail-side camera

By Paul Hantiuk, CBC News Posted: Apr 29, 2017

Arielle DeMerchant captured this lynx looking straight at her camera after months of trying to get the right shot. She rigged up a DSLR camera with a motion sensor in a wooded area near Scotch Lake. (Arielle DeMerchant Nature Photography)

Scotch Lakes is not marked on the map-just above the eastern most
eastern Great Lakes body of water

Nature photographer Arielle DeMerchant has been playing candid camera cat and mouse with a pretty big cat since last November.
After months of observing a lynx on trail cameras she set up near Scotch Lake, about 30 kilometres north of Fredericton, she finally landed her dream shot April 23.
New Brunswick-based DeMerchant tries to observe animals in their natural habitat as part of her hobby. She looks for behaviour that humans wouldn't see if present in person to startle the animal.
She started out looking for coyotes in the area, but things got a bit more interesting when a certain wild cat started appearing on the scene.
"I didn't at all expect I would get a lynx."

The right gear for the job

DeMerchant picked this particular spot because of a deer carcass that she expected would attract scavengers.
She caught the lynx feeding and then returning to sniff the bones on her trail camera once or twice a month through the winter.
DeMerchant picked this spot to place her camera because the deer carcass would attract animals. The lynx took the bait and even returned several times after picking over the remains to sniff the bones. (Arielle DeMerchant Nature Photography)

Over Christmas she worked on a technique she saw on the internet to photograph animals in their natural habitat.
She took a "low-end" DSLR camera, a $200 motion sensor and two external flashes and then waterproofed them with Tupperware. A coat of camouflaging paint later and she had a rig ready to catch her elusive subject in its element. The gear sat in the wild for weeks at a time without getting damaged.

The waiting is the hardest part

After checking her camera roughly every five days into the spring, DeMerchant eventually hit the jackpot.
"I almost had a heart attack when I checked it and saw it," she said.
She says the photo is a fortunate confluence of good light, a fortuitous glance from the lynx and a quick pass through Adobe Lightroom.
"It's just that gaze in its eyes, looking so intently at the camera. It really took me aback," she said of the lynx's reaction.
It's now her personal favourite, supplanting a prized puffin shot taken on Machias Seal Island.

A less glamorous shot of our photogenic lynx taken by one of Arielle DeMerchant's trail cameras. (Submitted by Arielle DeMerchant Nature Photography)

DeMerchant has made photography trips to Iceland and Alberta, but spends most of her time looking for subjects within an hour's drive of Fredericton.
"I like to get off the beaten path as much as I can. It's always nice to be near water features," she said. "It seems to have helped my success."
She hopes she will have another encounter with her new favourite subject before too long.
"Can't stop now," she laughed.

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