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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Mooshka", Blue Point Tokinese, San Ramon

Mooshka is a spayed, indoor only 14 year old blue point Tokinese cat. She is not wearing a collar, and does not have a microchip. Her person was away for the weekend, and somehow got out after 1 AM Sunday morning and before 8 AM while the caretaker was at home, though it is still a mystery how she got out.

Since it is unknown how she escaped we circled the whole house first to find the scent and then started from the from of the house. The dogs picked up a track leading to the right and down to the end of the court, around the court and back down in front of her home and out to the main street.

Based on the track, it appears she was chased by a type of predator from her home, down the street, across the street and then straight to a large open space area that borders on a school and which also extends to a much larger open space and  hills and a creek that runs for miles in both directions. Her person said that all types of predators from coyotes, foxes, bobcats and even mountain lions are known to exist in the area and are sighted regularly. The last known mountain lion sighting was earlier this year. The way we could tell it was a predator that chased her is because where she was chased to we found a lot of carcasses and animal remains all over the area that borders on a large deep creek.

After escaping from that area, she found a small hole under a fence that leads to an elementary school. Here she went through the school and to a neighborhood park and then out to a main street, through another neighborhood and then made her way to a very large cattle ranch. Her person knows the property owner very well and said it was over 400 acres. He was reluctant to go onto the property to follow Mooshka's trail because he said that aggressive bulls are known to roam the property and would not hesitate to attack a human and dogs. He stopped the search at the four hours when we reached the cattle ranch and he said he would contact them to see if they had seen her. He said he would continue to search for Mooshka.

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Total Distance: 8.92 km (5.5 mi)
Total Time: 2:07:25
Moving Time: 1:17:59
Average Pace: 14.29 min/km (23.0 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 8.74 min/km (14.1 min/mi)
Min Pace: 5.56 min/km (8.9 min/mi)
Min Elevation: 116 m (381 ft)
Max Elevation: 228 m (749 ft)
Elevation Gain: 389 m (1276 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Wed Sep 29 07:57:46 PDT 2010