As the new year starts, we're eagerly looking forward to what new wonders we will experience here at the ranch. After living here full time since 2007 we sometimes think we've seen everything, but then we are always surprised by some new event. Last night we caught a beautiful ring tailed cat in our "varmint" trap. We were trying to relocate some raccoons that terrorize our porches and chew up everything. The ring tailed cat is a beautiful animal and rare for us here. I've only ever seen one other. Still don't have a picture. I let the little guy go last night since it was supposed to be freezing. He headed back to his rocky den along in the canyons surrounding the house without a photograph. Maybe next time. It is hard to catch one of these guys since they are primarily nocturnal. I'm going to attach a photo off the web until I can get one of my own.