Spotted: Best of the Camera Traps

1. Paca, Agouti paca

Spanish Name: Tepezcuintle
Location: Camino Real Trail of UGA Costa Rica
Time Spotted: 7:25 PM, 27 October 2015
Order, Family: Rodentia, Cuniculidae
Size: 70 cm or 28 in., 9 kg or 20 lbs
Nocturnal or Diurnal: Exclusively nocturnal
Range: Southeastern Mexico to northern Paraguay, relatively undisturbed forest near streams or other sources of freshwater
Diet: Fallen fruit such as guavas, mangoes, etc. 

2. Ocelot, Leopardus pardalis

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Spanish Name: Manigordo, Ocelote
Location: Camino Real Trail of UGA Costa Rica
Time Spotted: ~9:04PM, 7 October 2015
Order, Family: Carnivora, Felidae
Size: 75 cm or 30 in., 12 kg or 26 lbs
Nocturnal or Diurnal: Nocturnal (mostly) and diurnal
Range: Texas to northern Argentina and Uruguay, though nearly extinct now in the United States
Diet: Ground-dwelling animals (less arboreal than the similar species of margay)

3. Band of Coatis, Nasua narica

Spanish Name: Pizote (Costa Rica)
Location: Camino Real Trail of UGA Costa Rica
Time Spotted: 6:32AM, 27 October 2015
Order, Family:  Carnivora, Procyonidae
Size: 55 cm or 22 in., 5 kg or 11 lbs
Nocturnal or Diurnal: Diurnal
Range: Arizona and Texas in the U.S. to Ecuador, forested areas
Diet: Omnivores eating both small animal prey and fruit

4. Coyote, Canis latrans

Spanish Name: Coyote 
Location: Camino Real Trail of UGA Costa Rica
Time Spotted: 5:04AM, 10 November 2015
Order, Family: Carnivora, Canidae
Size: 80 cm or 31 in., 10 kg or 22 lbs
Nocturnal or Diurnal: Nocturnal and diurnal (crepuscular)
Range: Alaska to western Panama, fairly open habitats such as dry forest and agricultural areas
Diet: Varies based on season and habitat, but 90% of diet consists of animal prey (from peccaries to iguanas, etc.)

5. Puma, Puma concolor

Weeks before the game camera could confirm the presence of a puma, members of the UGACR staff spotted these prints on campus.

Photos courtesy of  Jessica Murray, former UGACR Resident Naturalist

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Spanish Name/ Other names: León or Puma, also known in English as mountain lion, cougar, panther
Location: Camino Real Trail of UGA Costa Rica
Time Spotted: ~9:04PM, 7 October 2015
Order, Family: Carnivora, Felidae
Size: 110 cm or 43 in., 50 kg or 110 lbs, males larger than females
Nocturnal or Diurnal: Nocturnal and diurnal
Range: Canada to the southern tip of the Americas in Chile and Argentina,  in almost any relatively disturbed habitat
Diet: Animal prey (anything from agoutis to bats, deer to snakes)
*Fresh puma scat has recently been spotted on the Zapote trail

 

Source: Wainwright, Mark. The Mammals of Costa Rica: A Natural History and Field Guide. Ithaca, NY: Comstock Pub. Associates, 2007. Print.

Blog post contribution by Bilan Haji-Mohamed, UGACR Photojournalism Intern

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