Another Unconfirmed Sighting
Post written by Russ Hall
At dawn on June 21 of this year, Peg and I were at Shell Mound, seeking to recreate the experience of the Summer Solstice that Native Americans had a millennium ago. Daybreak on the fishing dock was lovely as we watched the sunrise in the east. We had the place almost to ourselves—except for swarms of no-see-ums. They kept us from lingering and we were soon on our way back toward Cedar Key. A short distance beyond the bridge over Dennis Creek Peg noticed an animal perhaps 50 yards ahead of us on the side of the road. Shadows were long and the animal was backlit, but its outline was clearly visible. It must be a fox, I thought. When it turned and made for the tree line, however, I noticed that its bounding gait was not at all like a fox. “It’s a bobcat,” I exclaimed. “But it had a long tail,” Peg said.
Hmm, a cat with a long tail. Could it be the elusive jaguarundi?
So, putting an end to the mystery is a challenge for anyone who has a wildlife camera and is looking for a project.
7/14/2020 06:05:46 pm
many years agi ?20--we saw a jaguarund at St Marks wildlife area
7/15/2020 11:11:21 am
I have observed jaguarundis several times in Central America and can assure interested parties that they closely resemble gray foxes in both appearance and behavior. In the field they area indistinguishable unless there is a clear view of the muzzle. Unlike the capybara, it is highly unlikely that a population of jaguarundis exists in Florida, otherwise there would be road kill evidence. These sighting belong in the same category as sightings of skunk apes!
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