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  1. #151
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post
    That reminded me of this post card theme:



    This attack is a bummer to hear about on several levels. We have them all over, including where I ride and ski solo with several sightings of tracks. On one excursion this winter I toured up a rarely used trail and came up to some recent mountain lion tracks heading down the trail. The lion had crossed over the adjacent creek and headed down to behind were I had just skied. Needless to say, I decided it was a good time to turn around.
    I had an experience similar to that. I went with some buddies to their elk hunting camp for a weekend in NE WA. I'm not a hunter but wanted to go along just for being out there and the beer drinking Saturday night. We went out early Saturday morning, me armed with a camera, and split up around a drainage. We started at split ridge tops and planned to meet back down at the other truck at the bottom of the drainage. There was about 3" of snow on the ground on top so, easy to see tracks. I started following a fresh set of what looked like mule deer tracks and after about 1/2 mile, a set of cougar tracks intersected the deer tracks, also looking very fresh, and followed the deer, too. I stood there for a second, looking at my camera and decided that continuing to follow these tracks was probably not in my best interest so chose a different path back down to the bottom. I never saw anything but seeing those tracks still made the hair on the back of my neck stand up a bit.

    Separately, we've had a number of cougar sightings in my neighborhood over that past several years. I used to trail run on a hill side near my house but was hearing of various deer kills in people's yards then of a cougar being spotted walking down the middle of our street at 5:00 a.m. and decided solo running up in the woods near there wasn't a great idea. Last fall there was a cougar spotted in the morning with a fresh deer kill in someone's yard, right across the street from a school bus stop. Another neighbor witnessed a deer kill right beyond their fence last summer and the (I assume) same animal was spotted on the golf course near us about a week later. They're definitely around so we're paying attention.

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    ^^^^^
    More than once, friends in town adjacent to BLM land, have sat in their bedroom watching a mountain lion devour a deer less than 20 feet from their window.

    Here's one of paw prints that gave me the heebie jeebies:

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    ^^^^^
    At least once, friends in town adjacent to BLM land, have sat in their bedroom watching a mountain lion devour a deer less than 20 feet from their window.

    Here's one of paw prints that gave me the heebie jeebies:

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    Quote Originally Posted by m2711c View Post
    that is incredible. wow. thanks for posting that.

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    gonna need a bigger dog
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    Quote Originally Posted by m2711c View Post
    That new Brad Paisley hit is fucking lit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post
    ^^^^^
    At least once, friends in town adjacent to BLM land, have sat in their bedroom watching a mountain lion devour a deer less than 20 feet from their window.

    Here's one of paw prints that gave me the heebie jeebies:

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    We have plenty of kitties around here. Those prints look too small to be a cougar. Linx maybe...

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    Nasty Pussy...cat

    Quote Originally Posted by The Reverend Floater View Post
    We have plenty of kitties around here. Those prints look too small to be a cougar. Linx maybe...
    Could be, but when I looked into this previously I was left with the impression that cougar tracks were about the size of a powder basket. Lynx could be too but had more fur between their toes leaving a less distinct print. Also, their track alignment and distances are different.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post
    Lynx could be too but had more fur between their toes leaving a less distinct print.
    Yup. Those are not lynx tracks. What's the width of those skis?

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    Back leg on the lynx is kind of weird. Like it could put a shoe on and stand upright before batting you in the face.

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    There is a clan of cats that hang at the far end of our local MTB trail system. There is an elk breeding area nearby and no wolves, so solid food source
    They tend to be spotted, ironically enough, near the “Hello Kitty Connector” trail
    Only fleeting glimpses reported, no ugly encounters. I assume they like baby wapiti more than old human.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeezerSteve View Post
    Yup. Those are not lynx tracks. What's the width of those skis?
    60's. There is a 100mm powder basket print at the end of the ski track on the right.

    Here are a couple shots from 4 years ago:

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    Neighbor found deer carcass 20 meters from my front door a few weeks ago. They said it was most likely a cougar kill based on what was left (I did not see it firsthand). There are so many deer around town, but there is a "family" that consistently hangs out in and around our yards/property. Just before the carcass was found, I noticed one of the yearlings was limping with what looked like a broken back leg - perhaps the result of being hit by a car. Those deer didn't show back up for about a week, but when they did it was without the yearling with the bum wing. Neighbor did say the carcass was of a smaller deer, so maybe that was the one that got eaten. We're a little freaked out about the whole thing, and then a week ago the same neighbor wakes up in the early AM to a small black bear eating birdseed in his open garage - showed me pictures. Like a zoo around here.

    I read "Beast in the Garden" about a decade ago and have been hyper-aware in the woods ever since. I ride with a bear bell when out solo, but I don't know if it'll make any difference...
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    Well they'll be able to tell it's your body because it has a bell.

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    That's true. And documented on the interweb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    Well they'll be able to tell it's your body because it has a bell.
    he’d of been ok if he had a tourniquet. vibes
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    Quote Originally Posted by NlytendOne View Post

    I read "Beast in the Garden" about a decade ago and have been hyper-aware in the woods ever since. I ride with a bear bell when out solo, but I don't know if it'll make any difference...
    I believe this to be true.
    40 years ago near Deposit NY an experienced deer hunter surprised a big black bear. He empty his 30-30 and after he was able to get back down the mountain all soiled up and about an hour of incoherent jibberish he told us what happened.
    We went up and found the spot he was posting at and the bear dropped less than a yard from him. Fuck it was usually big. Small wonder he got all discombobulated
    That put the fear of such in me that making noise is a must IMO.
    Black Bears have a surprise trigger that usually means an attack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    Well they'll be able to tell it's your body because it has a bell.
    Bells sound like wind chimes. People hang windchimes on their porches. People store garbage and pet food on their porches. Bells sound like dinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byates1 View Post


    hey is that a 30# fox?

    for certain, feel for the family. positive vibes

    people need to spend more time outside.
    Whoah, look at that, let's follow it and see where it's going.

    Went for a pretty long solo ride yesterday and have to admit I was a bit more aware, especially when that deer ran by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NlytendOne View Post
    I ride with a bear bell when out solo, but I don't know if it'll make any difference...
    You should carry pepper spray too, and more importantly, be able to distinguish between black bear scat and grizzly scat. Black bear scat has bits of twigs and berries in it. Grizzly scat has bits of bells in it and smells like pepper spray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny Satch View Post
    I believe this to be true.
    40 years ago near Deposit NY an experienced deer hunter surprised a big black bear. He empty his 30-30 and after he was able to get back down the mountain all soiled up and about an hour of incoherent jibberish he told us what happened.
    We went up and found the spot he was posting at and the bear dropped less than a yard from him. Fuck it was usually big. Small wonder he got all discombobulated
    That put the fear of such in me that making noise is a must IMO.
    Black Bears have a surprise trigger that usually means an attack.
    Black bears are actually super timid. Not that you want to try to surprise them, but they run when surprised. They are trash can nuisances along with lots of other critters, though.

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    Wild critters will almost always follow the path of least resistance in a stressful situation. Given due consideration and options, most non-predatory encounters will result in an animal leaving a human alone as quickly as possible. There will always be, however, exceptions. But in the vast majority of encounters (most encounters you are likely not even aware of), humans emerge physically unscathed. Iíll take a bear or cougar encounter over negotiating the WROD at a major resort on a long weekend any day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostofSeasonsPast View Post
    Black bears are actually super timid. Not that you want to try to surprise them, but they run when surprised. They are trash can nuisances along with lots of other critters, though.
    They run if they wan't to and don't when they don't. You have bears in your front yard too? Or just access to Google?

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