>>607293 Been hiking and camping shitloads my entire life all over Montana/Washington/Wyoming and have never seen anything more than tracks. Motherfuckers stay out of sight. Completely alright with me.
I was just south of big sur. A guy i met on the bus out there said he would show me a cool spot. I didnt like it and wanted to sleep on the beach. I figured the beach was just over the ridge so i keep hiking. The trail keeps switching back and the sun is getting low so i cut through an opening that appears to lead to the ridge. I end up in someones back yard. Oops. I keep going...another persons back yard, then another, then another, and another. The sun is now setting and i'm not walking at night. I find myself in an open area between somebody's property and a group of rv campers on a private road. Im trying to keep a low profile. It's not ideal, but it will have to do. As it starts to get dark a deer/antelope(idk the species, it pranced) appeared and i had a stare down with it for 30 minutes. I had been crouched and it started to come over to me so i popped up and it pranced away. It's now getting dark so i roll up in my tarp and drift into a state of half sleep. Some hours pass and for some reason im suddenly awake. I'm listening to the sounds of the night. It's really quiet, but i hear something up at the top of the ridge, slowly coming down. A few steps then silence. A few steps then silence. This happens over a course of five minutes. Whatever it is, is trying to be stealthy. A stick breaks. At this point i start my blood starts pumping. I am wrapped up completely in my tarp and cant see anything anyways because its a full moon. I just wait. It keeps creeping closer and closer. I hear it over in this thicket of redwoods maybe 25 feet away and i decide it's now or never. I pop up suddenly with my tarp held high in my left hand and grab my bike tire which is right next to me and say slowly " i hear you". It is pitch black in the thicket and whatever it is has not moved a muscle. It is sitting there, staring at me. I take an aggressive posture and bang the bike tire on the ground, acting as if i am going to charge it. It stays silent and doesnt move at all.
I keep banging the tire and throw some sticks over towards it, it stays motionless and silent. I slowly back down the slope to the private road near the rv campers and spend the next two hours with my back to a tree. Whatever it was didnt follow me. It was big enough to crack a stick and it didnt run when i popped up. I am almost positive it was a mountain lion. Either that or a human, but i really dont think a human would have tried to sneak up on me like that because i was practically invisible from where it came down from. I have been paranoid of mountain lions ever since
>>607293 I was on a ten day hike through the Rockys in NM, and had a sister group that was a day ahead of us. One of their guys thought it was a good idea to wander off to take a piss. He climbs part way down a ravine, starts doing his thing. Mountain lion starts stalking towards him from other side of ravine. Guy quickly walks back up and starts to try to get away but the mountain lion follows him. He gets to an area that has waist high grass, still being followed by the mountain lion. At this point he was about half mile from the nearest trail. The lion almost makes it to the grass when the guy scares a rabbit from the grass. The mountain lion takes off after the rabbit and the idiot pisser books it in a random direction. He hits a trail and heads back to the group
I'm in central Ontario. I thought I saw one in the queen elizabeth II wildlands about 5 years ago. I was sitting on one of the lakes, in a small canoe. Just fishing away the weekend, and I saw some sort of tan animal walking along the shoreline, it had a long tail with a dark brown tip.
I think it was only a year ago that the MNR actually said that there are in fact mountain lions in Ontario. Idk though. Plenty of bobcats however.
Once, while in the truck with my dad going down the highway we THINK we saw just the movement and the tail slipping back into the woods on the side of the road.
Only time I know I saw one for sure was when I was out on the four wheeler (spraying noxious weeds) and came up to a big open meadow that is at the bottom of a hill that is bare on the lower bit but turns into timber partway up. It had apparently been down in the meadow, maybe getting a drink from a creek that's on the edge. Anyway, as soon as I come tearing down the road I just see it bolt for the hill and watch it running up into the trees. Pretty cool thing to see, fuckers are fast.
Mountain lions are the comfiest looking of all large predators.They are the largest of the "small cat" clade, more closely related to the lolcat than to the lion. You should feel privileged to share the outdoors with such a magnificent beast and blessed to provide sustenance should the worst happen.
I have a story that isn't too exciting, but it is true.
I was up at the cabin with my dog, and it was about 10 pm and I decided to go for a drive to see some wildlife. I opened the door and my dog ran out to the truck (she ran off to the right of the deck). I saw something run off from the left of the deck, but I didn't think much of it. I got her in the truck and backed up to turn around. Suddenly, the headlights shined a mid-sized mountain lion, which must have circled around the cabin quickly to get away. So if my dog ran left, I would have been obligated to kill the mountain lion with my knife/be killed in the process.
Either way it was pretty cool because it was the only time in my life I've seen one and not many people do.
>Exactly a year ago ... (weird) >Full moon >fuckyeahdirtbike.exe >ridin innawoods... ~10 miles from the nearest pavement, 2-3 miles from the nearest road >Park the bike on a big rock feature, set the camera up and start taking pics >Been quiet for a while, just click-click from the camera/tripod and my squeaky moto boots >hear rustling at the treeline >flashlight on turbo mode, scan the area, see nothing, no eye shine like coyote/fox/skunk/bear >back to the camera >hear twig snap, more rustling, see tree shake against the sky just as I glance over >somethingswatchingme.h >flashlight on, scan area, still see nothing >decide I've got enough pics tonight >pack up camera gear, pull on helmet, fire up the bike >use moto headlight to illuminate the area, still see nothing >ride home
Can't say for sure, but i'd bet it was a cat. None of the other animals I see out there behave like that, and I usually see the foxes/yotes/porcupine/skunks/deer/elk/bears if they're around.
>>607293 I only spotted one once. was fishing up in the mountains until dark at a large lake. Finish up and start driving home after dark. On the way out I came very close to hitting a bear that darted across the highway. I think it was a black bear because it seemed small and I didn't see it til the last second. The grizzlies out there are huge and I have had them try to sneak up on my while fishing. Anyway drive the 1.5 hours back to the city. It's exactly midnight now and the steets are empty. Driving a road along the river and on the bike trail I see a small mountain lion casually walking the trail in the opposite direction. Got home, called the cops to let them know but they couldn't find it. Wildlife called the next day to get info. I think they were skeptical. Funny thing was I was earlier in the week I was at this park nearby with this pond. Lots of foliage around and at this one bush I got really nervous for some reason. It was just really dense there and I felt like there was something there. >TFW there's something out there and it ain't no man
>>607293 never seen one i would give good money for a close encounter sadly lions didn't give a shit about me maybe i met them at a wrong time a tiger tried to "hunt" me down once but we had bars between us and he got pretty upset that i spotted him and ruined his game
>>607293 Nothing for me personally yet, but heard some guys talking at an outdoors store.
>dusk >be deer hunting along the edge of a redwood forest >trying out new deer scents on my cloths >see kitty cat running on a log towards me >awhowcute.jpg >oh shit that's a huge redwood log >oh shit that's not a house cat
That's all I got of the story, take it for how you want it.
>>608555 house cats are even more quiet yet i can tell if a house cat is in the same room as me i just feel their presence even if they hide and don't move me and a cat had played this game for years, the cat wasn't allowed in my room but it always snuck in and hid if i didn't found it then it would attack me in my sleep you could say i was trained by a cat ninja from child i wonder if it would work the same with a big cat
Housecats are skilled but they don't have hunting skills honed by a lifetime of life and death, hunting animals with radar ears, full-field vision and super smell. For the wild cat, being detected means going hungry at best, or being killed at worst.
An interesting theory about leopards is that they co-evolved as a predator for humans, and their size and strength, combined with many fossil finds supports this.
>>609090 our housecats are semi feral tho they used to go out to hunt every night but traffic increased and one after the other got hit by car so we don't let them out anymore. they mostly got birds and mouse and sometimes lizards but i tell you they are natural born killers all of them even the small fluffy ones. they pretty much kill everything that moves and smaller than them just for fun.
>>609926 yeah i can see it happen tho >out there cold in my shelter >curious mountain lion sneaks in >sniffs my face it's warm breath melts the tins ice crystals on my skin >grab it turn it around wrap it in the blanket so it can't escape >snuggle the shit out of it
>hiking >hear some rustling in the bushed 150ft away from me >mtn lion casually walks out and aproaches me >stopped 40 ft away from me plopped down and just stared at me >Flip it off and walk backwards several yards and get the fuck out of there I had a sneaking suspicion that it was hand raised or something because it was really bizarre seeing one walk up to a person like that. Reported it to the rangers just encase.
Silver Reef Utah couple years back, hunting for snakes and rabbits in the hills. Rounds tracks and followed them for a bit. They started circling back towards where my truck was parked about two miles away. I got a itch between my shoulders about five minutes later I turned and saw a large Cougar looking at me about thirty yards away. I raised my rifle and we looked at each other for a short bit before I backed away and went back to the truck.
I live in the Midwest, so no mountain lion encounters for me. But, one of my co-workers was stalked by one last year while elk hunting in Wyoming. He shot an elk late in the afternoon but it didn't go down right away, so him and his brother had to find it. They find it just after dark and snap a quick pick of him holding up the antlers before they process it to carry it back. They get it back to the cabin they're at and go to post the picture on facebook or some shit. Behind my coworker is a mountain lion, eyes shining, completely lit up by the flash. It was within 20 feet of him and they had no idea. Spoopy pic when he showed me.
I dated a girl who worked at a big cat refuge. They always said the cougars were the crazy ones. Would go absolutely apeshit when fed, way moreso than the tigers or lions. I really, really hope to never encounter one in the wild from anything other than binocular distance.
My family keeps chickens, and at this particular time, I think we had 4 or 5 in our enclosure. It was late afternoon, probably around 4, and my dad was going to feed them and put them up for the night. As he walks to the coop, he sees a cougar on the edge of the small field our coop is next to. Fucker is just watching him. I should mention that we've had some wings get ripped through the fence from (probably) cougars, so this isn't an out-of-the-ordinary sight. My dad stops the second he sees the cat and they have a stare down for a few moments. Cougar gives no shits. My dad starts yelling and waving his arms, cougar still can't give a single fuck. Eventually, my dad reaches down and grabs some rocks and shit from the dirt and throws them at it. >fiteme1v1fgtillrecku.gif Cougar is unimpressed and would have probably yawned if it was a people. Now, my dad is kinda shitting. Not only does he not wanna get fucked by this cat, but he's got kids and animals and shit to protect, so he's trying to scare the thing off, hoping it'll fuck off forever. He grabs a sizeable stick and hurls it at the cougar. It lands like, 6 inches from its face and kicks up a bunch of dust right into its eyes. At this point the cat is surprised and takes a few steps back. Eventually it slinks off into the brush, watching my dad the whole time. I was always paranoid feeding the chickens after that.
>>610328 it's true they have a unique focus when hunting much like pitbulls they shit on pain just try to take you apart no matter how you fight once they set on a target not much can stop them that's why it's bad news to trigger their predatory instinct and that is why you should have a knife and watch your neck if the cougar can't kill you at first ambush you have good chances to kill it if armed tldr kitty is cute but no reasoning with it if kill-mode engaged
Cougars Bears Tarantulas Wasps the length of your hand that kill the tarantulas Rattlesnakes Scorpions Lizards that violently eject caustic blood from their eyes Coyotes If reports are to be believed possible Jaguars but this was their home range before Humans drove them south into Mexico Chiggers Giant fucking Golden Eagles And venomous mice
>>610490 >>611526 some thread on /b/ awhile back. it had a girl passed out on a park bench in her panties, and OP was asking what anons would do if they found this girl. One guy said he'd take her >you know what nevermind i found the screencap
If I remember correctly it started in a thread where an anon was wondering if it was ok to set food on a little stump in the woods behind his house to feed the wildlife. His defense was that he's not hand feeding them so they're not associating humans with food. Food just magically appears on a stump and they eat it. Anons who supported him saud that they feed wildlife eggs, specifically hardboiled. Turns out most of them European, mostly Swedish, Norwegian or Finnish.
It's a lightly used meme that is enjoyable and not oppressive.
>>609488 I'm not him, but I heard some mountain lion stories while at Philmont. While we were at Urraca Mesa they said they were having some trouble out of a mother lion and her cubs getting a little too close to the hikers. They warned us not to get up to piss at night. Apparently, she began stalking a group as they gathered around for that nightly ghost story thing they do, and a few of the guys had to chase her off with a guitar. Shit had me freaked out the entire time I was there.
>>612690 worst thing about cougar is sometimes the first attack is surprise and lethal they go for spine and back of head insta kill if successful if first attack is not lethal grown men especially if armed usually get away children and elderly still in danger.
>>612738 have big knife, would rather not tussle with a big cat though. Gun laws are meh. Getting my Possession and Acquisition license. With that I may be able to carry a rifle/shotgun with me. Will look into this more though. I was thinking of wearing a mask on the back of my head like people in Bengal do to ward off tigers.
>>612740 Huh. Backfacemask is gonna make you look like a crazy, but I assume that's of no consequence. To steal from some anon's post up there, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_cougar_attacks_in_North_America
>>612748 basically if their hunting instinct is triggered you not gonna dissuade them nicely they gonna come at you like a pitbull on pcp if they are hesitant or curious you can intimidate the fuck out of them by simply appear big
>>612755 depends on the type of bear you should be more afraid of grizzlies than just about anything things that are even more fucked up than grizzlies include polar bears and moose fortunately grizzlies rarely try to predate on humans and like to be left alone but very bad news if they come at you
>>612730 the odds of you even running into a large predator in north america are astronomical unless you live in alaska or montana or something, and even if you do happen to bumble into one, the odds of it not running directly away from you as fast as it can are once again, astronomical.
Me and a couple buddies were out one night hiking around a large hill (as close to a mountain as hill country TX gets) that was out on one of the guys' land. We dropped our backpacks at the foot of the hill to walk up to the top to check everything out. It was dark by the time we started back down. While at the top we had heard some hogs out somewhere in the brush and a large cat scream sometime later. We weren't too worried at the time, we were armed in case we ran into any hogs and we all had fresh flashlights, so we thought we could scare off a mountain lion if we needed to. While hiking back down the hill we could hear large twigs being snapped behind us out of sight, and every so often we'd hear something whistling behind us. Anybody that has a cat has probably heard said cat whistle if it got sight of a bird or something, it was that, but somewhat louder. We started walking much quicker and, of course, lost our backpacks, so we had to double back and find them before retreating to our campsite at the base of the hill. We heard another few cat screams later in the night, but never actually saw the cat.
My wife never believed there were actually mountain lions out there, although recently there was a few news stories about large cats out in those hills that verified they are.
not stalked but close. I used to like to run at night, and occasionally trail run during a full moon. I would run on these trails on the mountains above our neighborhood. One night around 11pm on a full moon i was running on a trail and stopped when there was a bunch of noise from the bushes just off the trail. I stopped expecting a Coyote, which I would see fairly commonly up there. Instead a Cougar comes out of the bushes and just stands there, watching me. I walked slowly down the trail, standing as tall as I can. The cougar doesnt move at all. It just stood there watching me until I finally walked out of sight.
...I then ran straight out of the hills. I never ran there again after dark (though I have hiked there after dark a few times, with a head lamp).
Also, I thought I would just throw this out. All the animals I have run into while running while I have lived in Washington, Idaho and Montana: Deer, Coyote, Moose, Bear, Fox, Badger, Mountain Goat, Bighorn Sheep, Elk, Turkey, Raccoon, Skunks, Porcupines and all sorts of smaller mammals (squirrels, marmots, rabbits, chipmonks, pikas, etc.)....I've basically come across every large mammal in the region except the Lynx and Wolf. I have never seen a either . And only seen the one cougar, and only one fox. Bear and Moose probably half a dozen times each, deer and coyotes all the time. The bear, cougar and moose, I turned back and went the other way. Everything else just runs away from you.
About twenty years ago, I decided to go for a short hike in Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico on my birthday. I had heated up some tuna fish spaghetti and planned on taking an hour from work to hike out to the rim of the canyon, eat my lunch, return to car and go back to work. About three-quarters of the way out to the canyon rim, I scanned the hillside for a game trail that I had spotted a herd of elk streaming down earlier that winter. My eyes panned from the top of the hill down to the bottom where I saw a mountain lion rolling in the dirt taking a dirt bath. It then stood up and we stared at each other. It was about 40 yards away. It then just laid down in the dirt while I got behind a tree (as if that was going to do anything!). I watched for about a minute, then headed out to the canyon rim, ate my lunch and returned. I was pretty worried that the lion was going to spell my spaghetti, which I'm sure it did, but it didn't seem to be interested. Best birthday present I've ever had.
>>612913 no there isn't i have looked at the picture in all kinds of alternative color schemes and there is no discernable contrast that suggest a cougar being there well that's not true the light-spot on the last pic kinda resembles a cat shape but that's clearly just illuminated ground
Well, I no longer live in Houston...but there's tons of stuff nearby. It looks like they've done some serious renovations to the bayous. As dumpy as it is, there are many nice areas near the bay. My favorite area down there is probably Big Thicket. Ah, and I grew up camping at Brazos Bend.
>live in California >ran cross country in high school >trail we frequently run is less than a few hundred yards away from suburbs, called Whiting Ranch >in 2004 a biker was killed in Whiting Ranch, 6th time someone ever died from a cougar attack in state history, it's even listed on wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_cougar_attacks_in_North_America) >2 years later, everyone jokes about running into a cougar in this sketchy ass park >coach enforces buddy policy, so nobody can enter the park alone, they have to wait at the gate for another runner >dunno why they even let us run the trail anymore >sophomore year, no one ever really expects running into a cougar >being the fucktard I am, decide to enter alone >nobody around, getting kinda spooked looking into the drought-affected woods n shit >cougar comes on the trail about 200 yards ahead of he and stares at me >immediately slow down, not being completely fucktarded, I tried to look big and threw a few rocks at it >didn't move for a minute and slinked back into the woods, zero fucks given >no fucks given about runners ahead of me, immediately make a 180 and tell everyone to get the fuck out >nobody ever told the coach, still ran the trail for the rest of the year
>>612822 I've actually seen a Mt.Lion out there. I lived inbetween Blanco and Johnson City kinda set off the main roads and we had a problem maybe 5-6 years ago with this one that was killing peoples livestock/pets. I was driving home one afternoon and the damned thing ran out across the road. That's probably the only scary thing I've seen out there. I haven't even run into a live snake Ha.
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