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Outdoor Safety Tips: Mountain Lions

by on Jul.24, 2014, under Animals, Education, Environment, Health, Nature

The mountain lion, also known as the cougar, puma, and panther isn't especially large, but they can bound up to 40 feet and leap 15 feet up to a tree. Typically found in the West, mountain lions have been sighted in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, and even Connecticut. cougar_young What should you do if you encounter one? Avoid it if at all possible. Otherwise, follow these handy safety tips. mlhabitat Frankly, we'd rather take our chances with the mountain lion rather than giving a cat a bath. cattack02 cattack01 If you have to fight, here's are some strategies you can try. mountain_lion_safety  
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Escaping From A Thorny Situation

by on Aug.25, 2011, under Animals, Food, Nature


Cats end up in trees for all kinds of reasons. Despite the stereotype, the fire department doesn't rescue cats from trees. They can get down by themselves, when they feel like it.

When a friend woke up Curt Fonger to tell him one of his workers had seen a mountain lion chasing a bobcat, he drove out to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona to see if he could photograph them. The friend told him, "It ran across the road in front of his car and climbed up a large saguaro cactus at the roadside, with the lion hot on its tail. The lion didn't pursue the bobcat up the cactus but circled the base. It looked up at the bobcat, growled several times, then turned around and trotted back up from where it had come."
When Fonger, 69, arrived, the bobcat was still perched 50 feet up on top of a Giant Saguaro Cactus, believed to be about 300 years old. It remained there for about six hours.
Curt, from Gold Canyon, Arizona, added: "When he came down he looked around and then trotted back towards the Superstition Mountains. Although it may be common for a bobcat to escape one of it's major predators, it is very uncommon to have witnessed such an event first hand. I personally examined the base of the giant cactus after the bobcat had left. There was no hair or blood - only claw marks."
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