By Jo Schaper
Traveler reader Bryan McAllister was searching the internet on February 3, searching by Rt. 66, when he came across an instagram photo of a large cat print. He saved the photo and sent it in with this note:
“Hi Jo -
I just happened to see this on Instagram a little while ago. May be story worthy or reportable?
Instagram is weird in that I couldn’t easily copy the text of the post so I’m attaching a screen shot of the photo and post text. It was posted earlier this morning.
I only came across it looking for #route66 which I like to do. The catprint caught my attention.
I sent the image along to the superintendent at Rt. 66 State Park, and to MDC’s Mountain Lion Response Team.
Today, I received a response from him:
“Thank you for the information. One of our park staff did see a very large bobcat in the park in the last month or so, but so far no other reports.”
If anyone knows the Instagram photographer, we’d like to know who it is. He or she automatically did what any good scientific photographer should do: put a known-sized object into a photo when part of the information you are recording is size.
We’ll let you know if we hear anything further.