Bibliography Gilbert, Bil. The oldest Bassariscus fossils come from Miocene age (24-to-6-million-year-old) rocks in Nebraska, Nevada and California. The face is fox-like, with a pointed snout, and the body is raccoon-like and elongated. [7] It has been suggested that ringtails use feces as a way to mark territory. [8], Ringtails prefer a solitary existence but may share a den or be found mutually grooming one another. They have even been observed partaking from hummingbird feeders, sweet nectar or sweetened water. It is also timid towards humans and seen much less frequently than raccoons. Although they are not related to cats, people have referred to them as miner’s cat (historically appreciated as a mouser), civet cat (because of pungent secretion from anal glands), and cacomistle (an Aztec Nahuatl term meaning half mountain lion). In 2003, a study done in Mexico City found that ringtails tended to defecate in similar areas in a seemingly nonrandom pattern, mimicking that of other carnivores that utilized excretions to mark territories. It is also known as the ringtail cat, ring-tailed cat, miner's cat or bassarisk, and is sometimes called a cacomistle, though this term seems to be more often used to refer to Bassariscus sumichrasti. Twist a double strand of rebar wire onto the trap chain ring and tie the other end of the wire to a solid object. They are found over much of the American West; however, their greatest numbers are in the Southwest in dry terrain. A size 1 longspring or jump trap is the proper size. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); DesertUSA Newsletter -- We send articles on hiking, camping and places to explore, as well as animals, wildflower reports, plant information and much more. Although they are not related to cats, people have referred to them as miner’s cat (historically appreciated as a mouser), civet cat (because of pungent secretion from anal glands), and cacomistle (an Aztec Nahuatl term meaning half mountain lion). 1992. They can rotate their hind feet 180 degrees, giving them purchase for rapidly descending cliffs or trees as well as cacti. Their long tail provides balance for negotiating narrow ledges and limbs, even allowing them to reverse directions by performing a cartwheel. Make the pen so the inside area is 18 inches deep, 1 foot wide, and 18 inches high. p. 386, Rodríguez-Estrella, Ricardo, Angel Rodríguez Moreno, and Karina G. Tam. In Mexico it ranges from the northern desert state of Baja California to Oaxaca. Ringtails are nocturnal omnivores that eat almost anything they can find on their nightly hunts. In addition, they occur in semi-arid landscapes such as pinyon-juniper pygmy forests and oak woodlands. [7] Dark brown to black hairs surround the large eyes, creating a prominent mask. 2015 . During the spring time the ringtail's diet consisted largely of insects, showing up in about 50% of the analyzed feces. Like most members of the order Carnivora, these hunters eat a wide variety of food. Oily canned fish is also good bait, as the strong smell will carry a greater distance to attract the ringtail to the set. The ringtail's success in deterring potential predators is largely attributed to its ability to excrete musk when startled or threatened.