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Old 11-16-2013, 02:38 AM   #31
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Somebody told me today that a bear got shot around here. I sort of hope it wasn't OUR bear!
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:42 PM   #32
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Here's proof! Cougar by the Hollywood sign! Not my pic, just saw it on Instagram.
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:50 PM   #33
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Here's proof! Cougar by the Hollywood sign! Not my pic, just saw it on Instagram.

Thanks for the photo. I didn't need proof, we get the things in populated areas in and around Seattle. It's not an everyday occurrence but neither is it rare.

When I was a child I knew a woman who was born in Slaughter, later renamed Auburn, and was quite old then. She talked about sitting by a wagon and at some point someone realized their was a cougar in the wagon...or that's how I remember her telling the story. I was probably about 6 at the time.
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Thanks for the photo. I didn't need proof, we get the things in populated areas in and around Seattle. It's not an everyday occurrence but neither is it rare.

When I was a child I knew a woman who was born in Slaughter, later renamed Auburn, and was quite old then. She talked about sitting by a wagon and at some point someone realized their was a cougar in the wagon...or that's how I remember her telling the story. I was probably about 6 at the time.
Auburn is at about the same altitude as Placerville, which is where the poor lady jogger met her demise. They say that if you have been out in the woods in the Sierras, a mountain lion has been watching you. When we went hiking and our kids were little, we wouldn't let them run too far ahead on the trail, lest they fall prey to a cougar.
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Here's proof! Cougar by the Hollywood sign! Not my pic, just saw it on Instagram.
I remember a few years ago, two ladies were mountain biking in SoCal, and one got attacked by a mountain lion, and the other one came to her rescue; she was actually playing tug-o-war with the lion, who had her friends' head in its mouth. Yikes! Stories like that mean that I never go out for a run in the woods w/o my dog.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:20 AM   #37
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Sometimes I'm glad I live in boring old England!
What! No bears or cougars? That is interesting!
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No, biggest creature liable to be in my garden is a fox! Although I have seen several bear behinds (as they run away) hiking in New England when in the USA on holiday. The problems seem to be when people and wild creatures wish to live in the same place I guess.
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I remember a few years ago, two ladies were mountain biking in SoCal, and one got attacked by a mountain lion, and the other one came to her rescue; she was actually playing tug-o-war with the lion, who had her friends' head in its mouth. Yikes! Stories like that mean that I never go out for a run in the woods w/o my dog.
I rarely ever go hikeing with out my oldest dog. He's saved my neck to many times for me to count, all by just warning me when somethings wrong. We've encountered snakes, coyotes, a wolf, a cougar, bucks protecting their doe, and bull moose protecting their cows. All the times were about the same, he plants himself in front of me, looks in the direction of the danger, and starts making a half moaning half growling sound.

One time there was a cougar crouching in the bushes and I would have walked by and my back would have been to it, I would have been perfect pray. But when my dog started growling, I knew something was wrong. When I spotted it I just looked it right in the eye and stood there for a minute or two, then I slowly backed away. After I'd gotten far enough away from it I ran as fast as I could back to camp.

He's getting old now, and his hearing isn't what it uesd to be. But I know he'd still lay down his life for me as I'd do for him. He's the best dog and friend I've ever had, or ever will have.
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