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Bears and Mountain Lions

Postby jessegooddog » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:10 pm

The recent post of bears (beautiful photos!) makes me curious how many have encountered a mountain lion or two in the sierra, and maybe been lucky enough to photograph it? I have never seen one in the wild, only finding tracks several times in the Santa Monica Mountains, including rural property I once lived on. A sighting is near the top of my bucket list!



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Re: Bears and Mountain Lions

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:58 pm

I'm in the same boat as you, as far as seeing a cougar. I've seen plenty of tracks and even heard one roar loudly one evening just as the sun was going down, but no actual sightings. I think I've seen just about everything else in the Sierra...well...except for maybe a wolverine.
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Re: Bears and Mountain Lions

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:01 pm

Mountain Lions are very rare to see in the wild. I personally have never seen one. An older guy I know put it like this "I have been doing things out doors and in the backcountry for 60 years and you know how many times I have seen a mountain lion? Once. If you do see one you better enjoy that moment because you may never see one again for the rest of you life."

Sometimes people will tell me they see them all the time but I doubt that allot. They probably see bobcat.
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Re: Bears and Mountain Lions

Postby gary c. » Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:41 pm

I have seen mountain lions twice in the wild. The first time was while deer hunting in the Greenhorn Mountains above Lake Isabella. It was just after daybreak and a couple of other hunters spooked it up the canyon and past me. They never saw it and I'm sure the only reason I saw it was because he was in such a hurry sneaking away from the other guys.

The second time was on Lake Hughes road between Lake Elizabeth and Castaic. As I was approaching Warm Springs Rehab a huge moutain lion came up and crossed the road into WSR. The local racoon population there was well fed by the WSR resedents and when the population got out of hand Mother Nature sent the lion in to knock the numbers down. It seemed to happen every couple of years.
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Re: Bears and Mountain Lions

Postby dave54 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:16 pm

I see bears 3-4 times per year. Mtn lions maybe once every other year or so. Usually a fleeting glimpse at a distance.

Both my wife and I are quiet hikers, and keep our eyes moving 360 x 360 at both the middle and long distance with binoculars handy.

Scat and tracks are so common they are not noteworthy.
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Re: Bears and Mountain Lions

Postby RooPhillip » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:51 pm

I've never seen one, but sure want to. Haven't been lucky enough yet.

What I always wonder is, how many mountain lions have seen ME?
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Re: Bears and Mountain Lions

Postby jessegooddog » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:24 pm

Yes, I have always wondered how many have seen me! Decades ago I was lucky enough to play with a captive one, but I assume my heart would give a little flutter at a wild encounter, just as it does when I am hiking alone and see mom and her cubs.
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Re: Bears and Mountain Lions

Postby SSSdave » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:57 pm

Not one but 2 HUGE mountain lions just a few feet away.

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Re: Bears and Mountain Lions

Postby jessegooddog » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:07 pm

Lucky you, what a sighting!! Hmmm...McGee Creek ought to be showing some great color soon....
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Re: Bears and Mountain Lions

Postby oleander » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:49 pm

My friend and I saw a mountain lion as it made a giant leap across Highway 4 (and in front of our car). It looked like it was in pursuit of something. My first response was: Why is there a tan horse leaping across the road - with a LION'S head?

Seen plenty of bobcats; but the sheer size and power of the mountain lion was simply hard to take in. Awesome. Fearsome. Breathtaking. LARGE.

Saw mountain lion tracks at the upper Barrett Lake last year. For some reason I hadn't realized they ranged so high (tracks were at 11,500 feet).

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Re: Bears and Mountain Lions

Postby scrinch » Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:54 pm

Not in the wild...but I entered (supervised) a large enclosure at an animal rescue where I volunteered a few years ago with two juvenile mountain lions in it. They ignored us until we got about 15 feet away, and then let out a low rumbling sound that unmistakably told us to stop. They had a very powerful presence, even when they are just lying around resting!
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Re: Bears and Mountain Lions

Postby whrdafamI? » Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:36 pm

I have had 2 bear encounters so far. 1 up in Bear Paw Meadow, a very appropriate name and 1 in Ice House Canyon down here in the San Gabriels. I did get very lucky to see a Wolverine up on the side of Piute Pass 4 yrs. ago. I ran into one of the back country Rangers later that trip up at Golden Trout Lake and he wanted a full report on it.
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