Who has been stalked by a cougar?


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Trad climber
Palo Alto, CA
Jan 19, 2013 - 03:46pm PT
Coyotes and mountain lion in Yosemite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WvQRKz1cc4

Trad climber
Squamish, BC
Jan 19, 2013 - 06:53pm PT
Credit: coastal_climber

Social climber
Lakewood, CO
Jan 19, 2013 - 07:56pm PT
Been stalked twice in Sourthern New Mex. once in the Organs in winter, and later in the spring in the Capitans. Both times my dogs epected me to defend them. Very scary.

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 19, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
"Who has been stalked by a cougar?"

Not me.
I'm toooo ugly!
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Jan 19, 2013 - 10:55pm PT
Back in the late 60s I was camped back in Piru Canyon in Southern Cal with my dad and little brother. We had backpacked in about 4 miles. I was practicing survival skills and this particular night had covered hot coals with sand to sleep on to stay warm. About 2 or 3 in the morning while getting too warm on one side or too cold on the other, I woke up to a couger standing just the other side of our pile of backpacks 10 feet away at the most. I started easing over to grab a 38 revolver and the cat just ambled away - no fear at all. It must have thought there was a barbecue going on - teenager turning on the coals - who could resist?

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jan 19, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
Stalked....probably, noticed...for sure.
john hansen

Jan 19, 2013 - 11:04pm PT
Well, Jim you probably wouldn't make much of a meal anyway.. kind of stringy,, and gamey. :)

Plus they can feel the SF vibe.

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Apr 17, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
I've been told people on the internets really like cats, so here's some new footage of a family of lions in Yosemite


Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Apr 17, 2013 - 06:18pm PT

Highway Patrol helicopter offered assist to hiker stalked by mountain lion
Chopper used lights, sound in attempt to move cat off potential human prey
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer

A California Highway Patrol helicopter played a key role from the air in protecting a hiker being stalked by a mountain lion on a trail near Colfax.

And a state Fish and Wildlife spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the cougar was shot and killed Sunday by a warden after the cat made an aggressive approach toward him on the same trail.

The Highway Patrol chopper was called in by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office after the hiker’s 911 call was received late Saturday from the Stevens Trail, a rugged pathway into the North Fork American River canyon east of Colfax.

Officer Adrian Quintero said the pilot, Officer Monty Emery, and flight officer David White were dispatched from Valley Division Air Operations at the Auburn Municipal Airport to assist sheriff’s deputies.

When the victim called for help, the mountain lion was just 25 feet in front of him, Quintero said.

“He was approximately 2 miles down the (4.5-mile-long) trail and it was getting dark,” the officer said.

Using night-vision goggles, the two-person Highway Patrol helicopter crew was able to spot the hiker moments after arriving, Quintero said.

“The helicopter hovered close to the victim and, using the noise from the helicopter and the spotlight, was able to scare the mountain lion away,” Quintero said.

Using the helicopter’s loudspeaker, Emery and White directed the hiker up the trail to meet deputies, who were hiking down to meet him. The chopper stayed overhead until the hiker met up with rescuers, Quintero said.

Warden Mark Michilizzi of Fish and Wildlife said that the Stevens Trail, 17 miles northeast of Auburn, is typical mountain lion habitat but the aggressiveness of the cougar stalking a hiker was anything but. Despite efforts to make noise and appear big while shining a flashlight and blowing a whistle, the hiker could not get the mountain lion to leave. Not backing off, it circled the hiker for more than an hour, he said.

“This is a public walking trail and mountain lions are ambush-type hunters,” Michilizzi said. “There were very serious safety concerns, knowing the mountain lion had been actively stalking a man.”

A warden returned Sunday morning and was in the process of warning hikers about the mountain lion’s behavior the day before when he turned around and found himself facing the cat, Michilizzi said.

“It appeared the animal was stalking the warden,” Michilizzi said. “It was 10 feet away and positioned as if it was stalking the officer.”

The wildlife officer shot and killed the lion near where the hiker was stalked the day before, he said.

Michilizzi said details on the age, size, physical condition and sex of the mountain lion would be available after examination of the body was completed later this week. The type of firearm used to shoot the mountain lion was not immediately known, he said.

“The animal’s behavior was deemed to be a very serious public safety issue and the officer acted appropriately,” Michilizzi said.


Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 17, 2013 - 06:21pm PT
The only cougars looking for someone my age are hooked up to life support systems in a hospice.
Captain...or Skully

Apr 19, 2013 - 08:05am PT
Cool vid, Will. TFPU.

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Apr 19, 2013 - 08:11am PT
that video of the cats inspires me
to periodically make love to the silence.
Hardly Visible

Social climber
Llatikcuf WA
Jun 5, 2015 - 10:40pm PT
Been noticed fer sure...

Credit: Hardly Visible
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 6, 2015 - 03:27am PT
Nice kitty...

Let's see, here:

a. BooDawg's neighbor kids SAID they were stalked in Mariposa the other night, but may have just been trying to cover up smoking a joint to their mom with some lame fabrication.

b. neebee's Hatcher (quite a name there, for a feline!) cat tried to snag a nestling bird one night recently and ignited the stove, nearly. Both these stories come from their recent FB timelines.

Cats just wanna have meat.
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