Home on the Range
Karine quietly watched this bobcat raise her kittens beneath the decking of a remote ranch house over several months. As they grew, Karine earned the bobcat’s trust, enough that the mother sometimes left her young with her while she went to hunt. ‘Animals can teach us so much,’ Karine says. ‘She taught me what trust was.’
Bobcats usually have one litter in spring with up to six kittens. The kittens stay with their mother before separating from her in winter. They eat mainly small mammals, especially rabbits and birds, and are often considered a nuisance. Despite being hunted for sport and trapped for their pelts, populations have remained resilient.
Canon 5D III + 16–35mm lens; 1/800 sec at f16; ISO 1600
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Karine Aigner, USA
Karine is an associate fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers and a member of the North American Nature Photography Association. Her work has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, GEOlino, Nature Conservancy Magazine, WWF and BBC Wildlife. Her imagery is represented by National Geographic Creative, Tandem Stills + Motion and Nature Picture Library.