Mountain Lion "WARNING!"

MOUNTAIN LION
( "Cougar", "Puma", "Panther", "Catamount", Felis concolor)

I received the following information from Valerie Zera, who writes the "In the Saddle" column for the Saturday issue of the Antelope Valley Press.  Valerie is also a member of the Dressage Riders of Antelope Valley, the California Dressage Society, and the Antelope Valley Unit of the Backcountry Horsemen of California.


Chuck -- I THOUGHT I heard a mountain lion roar a few days ago, when riding in the hills to the southeast of 96th St East and Cima Mesa Road.

Jon's brother in law saw a mountain lion saunter past our house about 9:30 am Sunday morning, about 30 feet to the south of the house (about 10 feet from my dog run!)

I have been seeing a lot of tracks in the area that I felt were mountain lion tracks for some time!

The dryness / scarcity of game may be causing them to come out of the mountains.  I found some info on the California Department of Fish and Game web site.  (See the links listed below)



The following are some good links to information on Mountain Lions and what to do if confronted by a Mountain Lion.


http://www.dfg.ca.gov/lion/index.html
This is a hot link to Mountain Lion information provided by the California Department of Fish and Game!

http://www.desertusa.com/may96/du_mlion.html
This is a hot link to Mountain Lion information provided by Desert U.S.A. Magazine, an outstanding on line magazine for anyone interest in the outdoors! (Great Graphics)

http://www.kilroy.com/photographs/pumas/index.html
This is a hot link to Mountain Lion Information, "The Ultimate Predator", Great Site, don't pass this one up!  Good Information, Photographs, and Sounds!

http://gorp.com/gorp/publishers/falcon/mtn_lion.htm
This is a hot link to Mountain Lion Information, "How to Travel Safely in Mountain Lion Country", courtesy of GORP.

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Some of the Do's & Don'ts contained in the above information!

DO NOT HIKE ALONE:

KEEP CHILDREN CLOSE TO YOU: DO NOT APPROACH A LION: DO NOT RUN FROM A LION: DO NOT CROUCH DOWN OR BEND OVER: DO ALL YOU CAN TO APPEAR LARGER: FIGHT BACK IF ATTACKED:


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