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Trends in California Mountain Lion Encounte

Living in the NW most of my life, I went what, nearly 35 years without seeing so much as a cat track. Then, the liberals banned hound hunting for lions.

Since they banned hound hunting, here's my score card:

1996: 80+ mph police car vs. one lion caught in the headlights= :shock: Last time I felt him was under the floor board of my Caprice classic...

1997: numerous elk/deer kills by cats seen during elk season
1998: more cat kills during deer season.
2000: Partners girlfriend turns delinquent kid loose during deer season.. "hey look what I found!" :eek: :eek: He brought a LIVE lion kitten back to camp!!! Delinquent found 5 kittens, the 4 smart ones ran up a tree, the dumb one went in a log...and got bopped on the head. All this while the mother was watching him.... both kids said she "looked about the size of a doe but with a head the size of a basketball and was all fuzzed up growling" :eek: Cat went to a rehab center, probably still there. (Delinquent has gone to jail many times, too bad the momma cat didn't do us all a favor).
2002: Lion the size of a great dane jumps in front of me on I-5 at the Mt. Ashland summit....ONE(!) bound from side of freeway to middle of lanes then another to the median, one more to middle of other set of lanes, then one OVER the guard rail!
2004:In laws see cat on their property....major metro area
2004: In-laws neighbors finally kills one eating his livestock, this in a major metro area!

Lions crawling all over the place in our cities here now, including one in a 13 acre city park. I'm beginning to rethink tent camping........

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Trends in California Mountain Lion Encounte

Its AMAZING how the media keeps lion encounters quiet. We hear about them word of mouth, through Fish n Wildlife, or other sources, but rarely does the media say anything. Couple years ago in Oregon a pair of bow hunters were stalked by 2 cats. As I recall they flung all their arrows, and didn't hit a thing. This was reported in the biggest rag in the State. What followed was a barrage of bull$hit of the highest order in the form of letters to the editor, usually along the lines of "you're a hunter you took that chance when you went outdoors" or "you're gonna hunt and eat them why shouldn't they do the same to you". Well, Oregon got challenged to the "you can't carry a gun during big game seasons unless you have a tag" rule, and now the ball game has changed. You CAN carry whatever you want, whenever you want, and that means a handgun during bow season.

Here kitty kitty.........

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