Anyone who has spends time on the trail, is sure to run into some form of wildlife.  Wild animals come in all shapes and sizes; depending on the area which you're in.   I spend a lot of time solo, which drastically increases the odds of running into these beautiful creatures.  Walking with a soft stride in minimalist footwear increases your chances of seeing game.   Paying attention not to step on anything that can give you away, helps as well.

  Olympic Elk, Black Bear, Mountain Goat, Olympic Marmot and others, are hard to get pictures of sometimes.  Most of times they run off before I can frame a shot or the light is too low to photograph them.  Wild animals are most active at first light and just before sunset.  Cameras don't work the best under these lighting conditions, unless the subject is stationary.

  'Here are some of my favorites.' Cheers - BFJ

Black Bears:


Roosevelt Elk:

Mountain Goats:


Baby Cougar Hiding


Cougar Track

Cougar Track

Olympic Elk Tracks


  1. Jake,

    Love your blog! I don't mean to be a pain in the ass but I am nearly certain that your bobcat track photo is mislabeled. The symmetry in the track, the fact that an "x" could be drawn through the center, the closeness of the front toes and the claws showing in the leading toes are all evidence of a canid. My guess is it is most likely a coyote (other possibilities are red fox and small domestic dog). I would need to investigate closer and have a bit more info to say with 100 percent certainty.

    Your first cougar track also has the possibility of being a bobcat but I would need to know the melt-out conditions as well as the true measurements to say for sure.

    Your other cougar track photo is fantastic. Note the asymmetry in the tracks in comparison to the coyote track.

    Just thought you might want to know.
    Joshua "Bobcat" Stacy
    Naturalist at Exploring New Horizons Outdoor School

    1. You're probably right. I'm not the best at identifying small game tracks, still learning. Usually have to cheat and identify the stride of the animal, over looking at the shape of the print. - You should come visit the Olympics, be a bum up here this winter, in the cold and wet :-)