On Mountain Lions.....thank you, Yvonne, on the update from Colleen,
I have been seeing signs of lions in this area for several years...
tracks, scat and kill signs. I have frequently seen their scat along 68
and Cumberland, as well as up around Forsythe and the elk trails through
the woods near Winiger. Two years ago I watched a lion as it walked
through the woods by my studio on a bright, spring afternoon. Beautiful.
Females can breed any time of year....having no set season. Although
they can roam very large distances, they tend to hang around when there
is ample food (resident deer, elk....even an occassional bobcat, raccoon,
rabbit, mouse, or ground squirrel). They are known to hunt during
anytime of the day or night, tending to ambush their prey and therefore
preferring lots of brush or rock outcroppings for cover. When I am out
hiking in these types of areas, I just try to remember to be extra aware.
They do not like to associate with other lions (except for mating), and
are very territorial, I think it would be unusual if there is more than
this one in the area.....at least on most occassions.
I feel so fortunate to live in an area where lions co-exist alongside
me......with so many of Nature's predators being villified and destroyed,
I remain somewhat hopeful whenever I am reminded of their presence here.
On Fri, 17 Nov 2006 14:21:22 -0700 George Blakey <email@example.com>
> Hi all,
> Colleen Canon wanted me to send out an email just to let neighbors
> that in our area of Aspen Meadows and down 68, she has been seeing a
> very large lion that usually doesn't hang around here. As they are
> all the time it is good to be aware and not paranoid about this.
> She has seen it at her house around 6:30 P.M. and said that one of
> horses has been trying to dig it's way out of the enclosure down in
> lower meadow, she will be leaving it free for now.
> She thinks that since West Magnolia has been closed to the hunters
> year and that there has been a lot of killing of deer/elk? up behind
> that the lion may have been drawn by the smell, also don't know when
> their mating season is, but that could be an affect as well.
> Just a heads up for those who enjoy a walk in the evening.
> Yvonne Short