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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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The Dogs Of Car

by on Jun.16, 2012, under Animals, Nature

A mountain lion was suspected of attacking a Mazda in Eureka, Montana. A KRTV viewer sent this e-mail: "This happened Monday night in Eureka. The car was attacked by a mountain lion during the night. They think their cat was hiding underneath the car or in the motor." The car didn't put up much of a fight, and the damage wasn't caused by a mountain lion. Krista Tincher, a reporter for the Tobacco Valley News, says that a game warden has verified that the tracks on the car are "clearly those of a dog, though the car owners suspected a mountain lion at first." Tincher reports that the people involved in the incident speculated that one or two neighbor dogs - possibly Rottweilers - were trying to get at the car owner's cat that apparently was hiding inside the engine compartment of the car. The cat survived the ordeal but was reportedly "a little shaken up."
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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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