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Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Mountain lions seen near Santa Cruz on 01/18/2012 08:00:16 MST Print View

I am sure they are out and about, it just doesn't usually make the news.

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Re: Mountain lions seen near Santa Cruz on 01/18/2012 08:52:33 MST Print View

where I live the mountian lions sometimes circle the schools waiting for kiddies to come out and play.
There are at least 100 of them in our county but I have never seen one after a few thousand miles of remote trail running.
used to carry pepper spray and a sharpened ski pole but I've gotten lazy recently (hope lions don't read).

Edited by asandh on 01/19/2012 07:41:15 MST.

Kat ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Mountain lions on 01/18/2012 09:01:42 MST Print View

They are here.....
We have one that has made our driveway part of his regular rounds. In the last 2 months we lost our 2 cats, one neighbor has lost 3 goats and another a couple of calfs.
I am not scared, but it is on my mind , particularly when I am out in the dark.

Oh yeah, the article.....that is exactly where I work, upper UCSC; that meadow is part of my area, and I have seen 3 of them in the last 12 months.

Edited by Kat_P on 01/18/2012 09:05:47 MST.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Mountain lions on 01/18/2012 09:27:21 MST Print View

I used to go caving in some of those tight little limestone caves up above campus. Guess I should've started off with a, "Here, kitty, kitty. . . "

No grizzlies in California for 150 years but the mountain lions are coming back. . . hmmm, maybe time to change the state flag?CA Flag with mountain lion

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Mountain lions on 01/18/2012 09:43:13 MST Print View

What do you want to bet that they use a Fancy Feast stove?


jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
mountain Berkeley? on 01/18/2012 13:41:26 MST Print View

Several months ago one was spotted in the Gourmet Ghetto; talk about fancy feast!Sadly they shot it but the situation was not good. I was hoping Alice Waters might serve it up since it was fresh and local but this being Berkeley and all*....more recent sightings around Lawrence Livermore Labs and now in Kensington too, where I live. The deer population is huge this year in my neighborhood.

*and remember that I had nothing to do with this!

Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Re: Mountain lions seen near Santa Cruz on 01/19/2012 05:51:24 MST Print View

Yeah, the whole Bay Area is big cat habitat. I know several Rangers and park volunteers that have see them, and have talked to a few park visitors that have as well. I have yet to come across one myself though. I think it may be one of the last CA native animals that I haven't seen in the wild. I always have my camera handy though, just in case.

Edited by stingray4540 on 01/19/2012 05:51:59 MST.

Leigh Baker

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
re: big kitties, according to a quote from The Cougar Network on 01/19/2012 16:30:45 MST Print View
'Western cougar populations have been increasing since the 1960s, largely due to increased legal protection for the cats and to the growth and expansion of prey populations. Dr. Maurice Hornocker, a prominent cougar expert, was recently quoted as saying "There may now be more mountain lions in the West than there were before European settlement." The evidence that the Cougar Network has collected to date suggests that the species is beginning to re-colonize several of the adjacent prairie states, and possibly even some of the Midwestern and Southeastern states as well.' We've had two confirmed sighting in my area and several in MO and AR.

The confirmation page on the Big Picture Map would support this last statement. Does give the solo hiker pause, lol. Although as somewhere I read,or was told, if you see one, they're likely not interested in you for dinner. If they are, you'll probably never know it til it's too late. There are worse ways to meet your demise :)

Edited by leighb on 01/19/2012 16:44:34 MST.