“Cat” likely came into many of the common names for ringtails in part because ringtails are about the size of a house cat and in part because, as legend has it, gold rush era miners once enticed ringtails to live in their cabins as pet mousers. Lifespan: 7 - 10 years, up to 19 in captivity. Insects and small mammals such as rabbits, mice, rats and ground squirrels are some examples of the ringtail's carnivorous tendencies.
An average adult ringtail cat weighs about 2 pounds (.9 kg).

A fine honor for a shy little critter that is seldom seen by the humans they so commonly live around. Thank you!! Bildir. Ringtails are nocturnal, solitary, and sparsely populated throughout their range — factors that can make them a challenge to see in the wild. One night about two years ago, I was out driving and slammed my breaks because I thought I had just seen a ring-tailed lemur on the side of the road….by the time I turned around it was gone.
North Carolina is not part of their range. 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. We let it go in our property that borders Jackson State Forest in Fort Bragg, CA in Mendocino County. Manage My Subscriptions, archive  [13], As an omnivore the ringtail enjoys a variety of foods in its diet, the majority of which is made up of animal matter. I think Ring tail cats are a beautiful so called creature I wish we could find them in the North East As of close to Wisconsin area.Especially in the camping area of the forest of Wis. I’de love to be able to see one up close.They kind of favor’s lemur’s to me or a smaller raccoon family member. Ringtail is also known as "miner's cat" because it was used to eradicate pests from the miners' cabins in the past. I live in Oreogn and haven’t seen any ringtails here, but I had an encounter with one in a state park just outside St. George in the southwest corner of Utah. “My work generated a lot of interest,” Stussy says. 5 years ago | 9 views.

[1] Fossils assigned to B. astutus have been found as far north as Washington, dating back to the early Pliocene era. We occasionally spotted raccoon and opossum, but not ringtails family. I went out with a spotlight and saw it. “What is their range? As Rosemary Stussy, a retired Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist once put it, “on a scale of one to 10, their cuteness factor is a 15.”.

The ringtail cat (Bassariscus astutus) is a small, elusive member of the raccoon family that can be found in the western U.S. and as far east as Oklahoma. The nocturnal ringtail seldom has been studied in the wild or in captiv-ity. As a final line of defense, ringtails will release a foul-smelling secretion and scream at a high pitch. Ringtails are sometimes prey to larger predators like great-horned owls, bobcats and coyotes. The Ring-tailed cats are most active at night, spending most of their time foraging. One of the mines I remember was the Almeda mine that he saw them in. After researching and finding photos of the ringtale, we are 100% positive we had spotted these rare creatures and continued to see them on occasion, honestly it could have been the same one, who knows.