Friday, May 16, 2014

Lane Batot

Perhaps our most frequent commenter here is naturalist and dog man Lane Batot, who had at last sent us an image of himself with a young friend.


Anonymous said...

What a great photo. Lane is one-of-a-kind and greatly appreciated.

Jim Cornelius

Reid Farmer said...

Nice kitty!!

Anonymous said...

...."Who at last has sent you a RECENT image of himself"--past photos on this blog were somewhat dated and did not show my present grizzling....also sent this(sent to me by a coworker, since I have no modern camera/phone/computer thingamahjigs of my own) to perhaps illustrate WHY I tend to whine when the subject of cougar hunting comes up on this blog! Not that I would OUTLAW it were I King-Of-The-World, just that, having had several cougars as personal friends of mine, I'm inclined to view it differently than others, perhaps. Being faithful to "your own" as it were. And all of us have different "owns". Just saying.....This is one of 3 cougar cubs/kittens I'm helping raise now at the Zoo I work at--they were orphaned by a hunter(who at least had the decency to backtrack mom to her den--he hadn't realized he shot a lactating female until too late--and rescued the cubs, whose eyes were just barely opened. This occurred in Oregon--the cubs were partially raised there at the Oregon zoo, then transferred to us after they were weaned-flown across the country!). We keepers are allowed direct contact with them until they are older and potentially dangerous, so I have the EXTREMELY hard job of playing with baby cougars every morning! We ARE NOT allowed on exhibit with them once open to the public--not wanting to give any visitors the bad idea that they are good "pets"! Most of our cougars in the past have been just that, rescues from the exotic pet trade......L. B.

Anonymous said...

Yes, a great photo. An "animal guy," as I believe McGuane described himself to Stegner, shows in the hands.


thelizardprincess1 said...

Greetings! Lovely Blog with very insightful content :)And the picture is just amazing, so sweet!
I am actually commenting on here in hopes of Lane seeing this. I knew him when I was a child during the time he lived in Newport TN, I visited him and his wolf dogs with my mother a few times. He built her some very sturdy cages for her Ferrets.
I vividly remember his zebra striped truck and mailbox. And I can say he had a very positive effect on me as a child, which has resonated for me as an adult. I would very much like to chat with him and see how he has been!
And thank you, Stephen for such a great blog :)
Take care!

Anonymous said...

Kat, the lizard princess! Steve E-mailed me to let me know that my past was coming back to haunt me! Ha! What an amazing small world! And yes, I remember you and your mom from "Bumblefoot's Ferretry" very well! Obviously I am no longer up in the beloved Cherokee mountains(sigh)--I'm in old Keyauwee/Cheraw/Catawba territory now in mid state N. C., working at the N. C. Zoo in Asheboro(that's Asheboro, not AsheVILLE, where I also used to live!) Though all the critters I had back in the days you met me have long become part of my protective "spirit blanket", I still keep a mega-pack of dogs, and have 4 ferrets! I was always told I belonged in a zoo, so perhaps not suprising I ended up in one. Like a lot of the animals here, just not much else for someone like me! I do have some decent woods here to roam, but do I ever miss the FREEDOM I had in the southern Apps! Great to here from you! You'll see I comment on this blog all the time--I'm "L. B."

thelizardprincess1 said...

How awesome that you are now at a zoo after all these years! Glad to hear life has been good to you.
And thank goodness you remembered me and didn't think I was some creep. LOL I myself have a pack of dogs and two ferrets, as well as one very fat very spoiled cat.
Would you be willing to converse over e-mail?( would love to chat!
I hope you are having a great day!
until next time, take care!