Re: Big Cat Seen
I live in California, east of Sacramento in the Sierras at 4000'. I've seen one mountain lion since I've been here (4 years). That one walked across the back of my neighbor's property about 100' away from the patio where 12 people were having a BBQ. I've also had that "low growl" experience. One Thanksgiving my wife and I took a walk to let the turkey settle. We left at dusk and as it was getting dark, stopped alongside the road to rest. From the bushes immediately behind us we heard the low, rumbling growl of a very large critter. I told my wife to slowly walk home, while I walked behind her facing whatever was in the brush. We had no weapon, only a flashlight, and made it back to the house without incident.
The attached picture is of a print I found on the doormat on our deck just outside the garage door. I had noticed that the garage cats had been a bit freaked out that morning. As I was working in the garage, I noticed that some plywood sheets that I had laying on the floor were covered with the same prints. No wonder the cats were all rolled up in little balls of fur hiding in the dark recesses of the garage.
I compared the prints to some on-line sources and believe them to be a large bobcat or small mountain lion. Can anyone verify that?
Mountain lion sighting aren't rare on our road. Neighbors have seen them hunting on their property, deer remains have been found, and the PG&E man has advised that a lion has made a weekender's property his home, which is just across the road from us.
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