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(Boulder Daily Camera)   Young mountain lion becomes an internet star after making an appearance in front of a remote wildlife camera. The cougars are going to love him   (dailycamera.com) divider line 21
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2013-05-31 10:03:48 AM
If this had happened in Georgia the Department of Natural Resources would have insisted it was an escaped pet.

/nope no Mountain Lions here, you couldn't have seen that.
 
2013-05-31 10:08:03 AM
"In the case of an encounter, Churchill said not to run. "Stop, try to make yourself look big, and keep your eyes on the animal," she said. Churchill said people should also speak softly -- "Their prey doesn't speak" -- and make sure to give the mountain lion a clear path to escape."

Now you tell me.

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2013-05-31 10:10:44 AM
FTA: the photoalready has received more than 200 likes and 200 shares.

Yes, internet star
 
2013-05-31 10:25:58 AM
What a pretty pussy.
 
2013-05-31 10:38:08 AM
Oh oh oh! I know this one.

This

lh4.googleusercontent.com

is a mountain lion track. Taken in Arizona.
 
2013-05-31 10:43:15 AM

skinink: "In the case of an encounter, Churchill said not to run. "Stop, try to make yourself look big, and keep your eyes on the animal," she said. Churchill said people should also speak softly -- "Their prey doesn't speak" -- and make sure to give the mountain lion a clear path to escape."

Now you tell me.

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When called by a panther,
Don't anther.
 
2013-05-31 10:49:39 AM
Another poorly phrased article.  At first I thought "speak softly" meant "speak so as to keep the mountain lion from hearing you," which made no sense when combined with "because their prey doesn't speak."  Then I figured it meant, speak because their prey doesn't speak.  But if you're supposed to make noise, then why speak softly?  It seems to me the thing to do is raise your arms, keep turned facing the lion, and SCREAM at it.  If it continues to approach, I would then take a step or two toward it (unless I panicked that is).  The point should be to do everything you can to convince it, "I'm bigger and meaner than you are. You want to find something easier. Pay no attention to the fact that I am Mr. Poopy Pants."
 
2013-05-31 11:04:23 AM

cryinoutloud: Oh oh oh! I know this one.

This

[lh4.googleusercontent.com image 640x480]

is a mountain lion track. Taken in Arizona.


Unlikely.  Cats have retractable claws and don't walk with them out like that.  That looks like a big dog paw print.
 
2013-05-31 11:13:24 AM

Kibbler: Pay no attention to the fact that I am Mr. Poopy Pants."


Defiling yourself has always worked as a defense for vultures.
 
2013-05-31 11:39:03 AM
So if I understand this right, to avoid being attacked be loud and act as an aggressor. If you are actually attacked then speak softly.
 
2013-05-31 12:02:32 PM
It looks like bigfoot to me, or maybe a streetlight.
 
2013-05-31 12:12:51 PM

mrswood: So if I understand this right, to avoid being attacked be loud and act as an aggressor. If you are actually attacked then speak softly.


exactly...cougars are ambush predators. It'll run if you're looking at it. Also, they have no sense of depth, so you staring at it from that height must mean your bigger than a bear, and they don't fark with bears.

Raise your arms, spread your coat out and tell it, loudly, to GTFO. If it doesn't run, you've got an injured or rabid one and you should get a weapon.
 
2013-05-31 12:14:53 PM
....but, under no circumstance, should you turn and run...

/forgot that part
 
2013-05-31 12:25:34 PM

GoldSpider:
Unlikely.  Cats have retractable claws and don't walk with them out like that.  That looks like a big dog paw print.


Yeah no. It's a mountain lion. There was one coming around the area. And no dogs, certainly not one as big as that. I was camped there for weeks.
 
2013-05-31 12:47:23 PM

Mikeyworld: mrswood: So if I understand this right, to avoid being attacked be loud and act as an aggressor. If you are actually attacked then speak softly.

exactly...cougars are ambush predators. It'll run if you're looking at it. Also, they have no sense of depth, so you staring at it from that height must mean your bigger than a bear, and they don't fark with bears.

Raise your arms, spread your coat out and tell it, loudly, to GTFO. If it doesn't run, you've got an injured or rabid one and you should get a weapon are catfood.


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2013-05-31 12:52:14 PM

cryinoutloud: Oh oh oh! I know this one.

This

[lh4.googleusercontent.com image 640x480]

is a mountain lion track. Taken in Arizona.


I saw the same thing while hiking on Mt Graham a couple of years ago.  I got very paranoid and hoped the backpack was covering my neck enough for the attack I was sure was coming.  I've seen plenty of bear and cat tracks before and since, but that was the only time I got spooked.

/It's amazing how long you can hike while turning 360s when the adrenaline is pumping
//Never saw a lion, but there were tons of fresh tracks on that trail
///how much does a ton of tracks weight?

////Since when is 200 a sensation?
 
2013-05-31 01:27:40 PM

GoldSpider: cryinoutloud: Oh oh oh! I know this one.

This

[lh4.googleusercontent.com image 640x480]

is a mountain lion track. Taken in Arizona.

Unlikely.  Cats have retractable claws and don't walk with them out like that.  That looks like a big dog paw print.


Funny, I was thinking it looked like a bear print.

It is most certainly not a large cat, the paw shape is all wrong, and as you mentioned, the claws are wrong too.
 
2013-05-31 02:41:29 PM
My husband has been offered an internship researching cougars this summer. I'm excited for him. In WA, some of the cougars who are radio collared have been tracked going in and out of large residential developments. One of his favorite running spots has a breeding pair and an older male in the vicinity according to the ranger. The older male seems like the one to worry about... In the same area, he encountered a black bear with a cub. One ran up the hill, one ran down the hill, with the trail he was on cutting through the same places. After that, he talks while on that trail, "hi, bear! hi bear!" and hasn't seen once since.

He also see coyotes regularly at one of the places we run.
 
2013-05-31 03:07:59 PM

ImpatientlyUnsympathetic: My husband has been offered an internship researching cougars this summer. I'm excited for him. In WA, some of the cougars who are radio collared have been tracked going in and out of large residential developments. One of his favorite running spots has a breeding pair and an older male in the vicinity according to the ranger.


I'm glad you're happy for him. That's really exciting research. Not everyone would be so supportive.

Just a heads-up, the large residential developments are called "gated communities", and the cougars tend to drive things like Tahoes. Also, the "breeding pair and older male" is an old guy, his trophy wife, and the cabana boy. Keep us posted on this "research", though.
 
2013-05-31 03:10:31 PM

cryinoutloud: Oh oh oh! I know this one.

This

[lh4.googleusercontent.com image 640x480]

is a mountain lion track. Taken in Arizona.


DUDE!  Time for a "Pedi."
 
2013-05-31 03:23:26 PM

Gonz: ImpatientlyUnsympathetic: My husband has been offered an internship researching cougars this summer. I'm excited for him. In WA, some of the cougars who are radio collared have been tracked going in and out of large residential developments. One of his favorite running spots has a breeding pair and an older male in the vicinity according to the ranger.

I'm glad you're happy for him. That's really exciting research. Not everyone would be so supportive.

Just a heads-up, the large residential developments are called "gated communities", and the cougars tend to drive things like Tahoes. Also, the "breeding pair and older male" is an old guy, his trophy wife, and the cabana boy. Keep us posted on this "research", though.


LOL! Well played!

For those in WA, we've already joked about his extensive research in Bellevue (Cougar Capitol) since he grew up there. He's uniquely qualified for it, since most of his friends' moms qualified.
 
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