Sunday, August 13, 2006

No lyin', we saw another mountain lion!

He followed the deer trail.

Early last evening, Mr. SB once again called me to the window. It wasn't the fox we've been seeing lately, nor the coyote family. It also wasn't the huge buck we saw earlier in the day.
It was another mountain lion.
He was crouched down low, and following the old deer trail which passes through a tunnel created within some manzanita trees.
No, I didn't get the camera in time, damn it doggone it!
After calling the neighbors, I sat out on the deck waiting to see if it would return. This is where I took the above picture.
Night fell and I didn't see him again, although I did see two figures come crashing through the brush. The first was a deer, and I can't be sure what the second animal was. I could take a guess...
The scary part of this tale is that about two hours earlier, I'd been walking the property (alone,) carrying weed spray, looking for any new weeds which might have popped up. I'd even been within the manzanita tunnel spraying some poison oak!!!
Now I'm beginning to wonder if the lion was following deer scent or my scent...

18 Comments:

Blogger Squirl said...

Wow, that sounds a bit too close for comfort. Kind of exciting, but scary at the same time.

4:12 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Holy crap!! That's awesome!! We have a fair number of bold cougars/mountain lions near here, and they occasionally make forays into town. Typically though, they don't pursue humans, they take pets, livestock, trash, etc. I've not gotten to see one here yet, but we did see one in the hills above WallaWalla when we lived there 15 years ago. Very, very cool in a disconcerting sort of way. I think I'd love where you live, SierraBella!!

4:30 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

squirl-
Yeah, it's a bit scary, especially since my grandson was just here visiting!

eclectic-
I've heard it's more likely that one might get attacked by a deer!
I'd love to see you move here. My next nearest neighbor's house is on the market...
I don't think Carol Channing would like it here, though, so you might not get to see her around.

4:44 PM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

Ok, now that is scary. You need to have some sort of utilty belt with various sprays....one being Mountain Lion Be-Gone.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Mahala said...

That is WAY COOL (and sorta creepy.) The forest rangers here swear we don't have cougars here, but the locals swear we do. There have been sightings, people have heard them up in the woods, but a couple of years ago a lady at work said her husband just missed hitting one crossing the mountain. The rangers said it was probably a dog.
Oh please.

9:36 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

soozieq-
I usually carry a 'mountain lion stick' when I walk a way from the house, but figured I'd see if a good spray of RoundUp in the eyes would slow one down. Pretty doubtful...

mahala-
A dog? Good grief!
My thinking is that if you see deer, there's predators nearby.
Guess the forest rangers don't want to scare away the tourists!

9:53 AM  
Blogger jac said...

OH Mountain lion !!!
You are lucky... for, you escaped a premature end.
Amen


Sierra, Is it a cheetah or Cougar ? Or are they both same ?

Last week my friend caught two cheetahs in an accidental trapping. He is an animal lover and he is waiting for the right time to free them.
I have a pic, but I don't have your mail ID.

Well, you are also spotted once in a blue moon like a mountain lion.LOL

7:19 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

jac-
Hi!
I think there's enough wild game around, that the lion doesn't need to resort to eating human prey.
I'd say the mountain lion is more closely related to the cougar.
It looks exactly like a large female African lion.
I'd say this one was 7 feet long, notincluding it's tail.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

A friend and I spotted a mountain lion in a tree. We stopped long enough for me to snap her picture. Then we walked backwards for at least a half mile back to the car.
They are beautiful and tend to run from humans at least that is what I have been told.
I am thinking had he approched you could have used the weed spray as a mace if you would of had to.
Hopefully you will see him again but from a safe place.

3:34 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

nina-
How cool that you were able to snap that picture!
I think I would have had the presence of mind to use the weed spray, but lions usually attack from the back... so I'd be likely to spray myself in the face!
I'm such a klutz.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Cougar=mountain lion=puma

They are far more closely related to the house cat than they are to any of the big cats like cheetahs or African lions.

We have cougars here (we don't really have "mountains" - maybe big hills that we call mountains - so we call them cougars). My brother and dad were hunting once. It was getting dark, but they were too scared to leave their spot because right around dusk they heard a sound that resembled a woman screaming in agony. It went on for hours. They later found out it was a cougar.

My brother and I also saw a black one with two cubs cross the road by our granma's - she lived right in town!

Although we know that they are out in the woods here, we don't really think much about it - but then, ours have not proven to be very aggressive. You really are more likely to be killed by deer.

8:35 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

sylvana-
Hi!
I heard that woman-like screaming when we first moved here. It moved through the underbrush so quickly that I realized if it was a woman, she surely didn't need my help!
The neighbors called us two days after our sighting, because they'd seen the lion peeking around their pickup truck. They believe it's living in an old (abandoned) quartz mine on the next property over...

10:48 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi, I know you're busy. And I know that you only have dial-up. But if you have a little time and patience come on over to my site and check out my new house! We should be moving into it next weekend. I'm so excited!

7:02 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Squirl!
Oh yeah, I'll be right over!
I'm really excited to see it!!!

11:17 AM  
Blogger gopher said...

Holy Moly! I know that it's been a long time, but what's the status?

Thinking of you...

8:22 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Gopher!!!
I went right over to your digs for a visit.
I've been remiss in posting too. Will have to get back into it soon!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

Sierrabella, when you get a chance I put my mountain lion picture up.

5:05 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Nina-
I'll be right over! Can't wait to see it, especially since I never have my camera handy to catch ours.

3:55 PM  

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