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Old 07-02-2008, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Road Warrior
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LOL! Great post Anapa, reps, the funny thing is I tell people places like NY, LA, freak me out it's a jungle out there and I'm more at home in the forested areas of Colorado. Honestly encounters of the third kind will not bother you, they are probably more afraid of you, just don't feed them, you don't want to get them sick, neither do you want them dependant on human food. Good luck!
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:32 PM
 
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The old standby "here kitty kitty - here kitty kitty" is not recommended.
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:23 PM
 
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Count yourself as extremely lucky if you ever see a mountain lion in person. My closest friend spent 21 years as a Ranger in Yosemite and then 8 more in Zion National Park and never once saw one. I've hiked in 48 states and backpacked where mountain lions roam. I have also never been fortunate enough to encounter one of these magnificent animals.

Mountain lions are nocturnal and almost never bother people. They will attack humans only when desperately hungry or sick. They are shy, suspicious and keep away from people as much as they can.

Don't not move to Colorado based on fears of mountain lions. Your chances of ever seeing one are extremely remote.
Mountain lions are more common than most people think. Years back, when I was living on a ranch, we would see a lion at least once every week or two. Tracks were to be seen almost daily. I spent a lot of years living in small town in rural Colorado, and mountain lions were regular visitors along the river that runs through town. When I lived in Wyoming, again not far from town, I had a mountain lion take a deer down on the neighboring ranch twice in four years. All of that said, it is stupid to obsess about the possibility of being attacked by a mountain lion--it's an extremely rare event. Getting your pet eaten by a lion, if the pet (dog or cat) spends time outside--yeah, that does happen pretty regularly. Of course, those pets can be considered as food by foxes, coyotes, eagles, bears, etc. If you don't like the idea of sharing your world with wildlife, stay in New York City. There you only have to worry about the human low-lifes--which are far more dangerous anywhere than most any animal wildlife.
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:39 PM
 
Location: cincinnati northern, ky
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lol man move across the nation and worry about bugs and animals just dont live in the boonies lol haaha
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Burque!
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I hope there are plenty of Cougars.

(no? not funny?)
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Old 07-03-2008, 06:48 AM
 
Location: 80919 Rockrimmon yO!
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I hope there are plenty of Cougars.

(no? not funny?)
LMAO!! Yeah, we got plenty of those!
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Up in a cedar tree.
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As everyone said, even I have never seen a ML when living in Colorado. So lucky you "if" you ever see one.

I know there been cases of ML attacks, this article here still sticks with me. His wife brave tatics had me WOWED! She saved her husband!!

Article (not in Colorado): Condition worsens for victim of mountain lion attack | KATU.com - Portland, Oregon | News

Oh about dogs, dogs get taken by ML's also KOAA.com - Puppy snatched by mountain lion (http://www.koaa.com/aaaa_top_stories/x1602043855 - broken link)

** If any of you hike or bike in the foot hills, it really is not a bad idea to carry pepper spray (for bear attacks) or a nice 4" (legal) Kershaw pocket knife (any can do), and I guess throwing rocks can do. Anyways always be safe then sorry.

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Old 07-03-2008, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Worth repeating,

The most dangerous animal in Colorado in someone else's dog.

(I stole that from some other poster; sorry.)
Man's best friend? NO WAY. The most dangerous animals in Colorado are humans
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Old 07-03-2008, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Out West
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I hope there are plenty of Cougars.

(no? not funny?)
Yes, thanks for the chuckle.

I've recently seen a bobcat on two separate occasions while running a trail area. It was amazing and scary all at once. It was at a distance and running away so I just meandered off in a different direction after the initial sighting.
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:49 PM
 
Location: 80919 Rockrimmon yO!
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As everyone said, even I have never seen a ML when living in Colorado. So lucky you "if" you ever see one.

I know there been cases of ML attacks, this article here still sticks with me. His wife brave tatics had me WOWED! She saved her husband!!

Article (not in Colorado): Condition worsens for victim of mountain lion attack | KATU.com - Portland, Oregon | News

Oh about dogs, dogs get taken by ML's also KOAA.com - Puppy snatched by mountain lion (http://www.koaa.com/aaaa_top_stories/x1602043855 - broken link)

** If any of you hike or bike in the foot hills, it really is not a bad idea to carry pepper spray (for bear attacks) or a nice 4" (legal) Kershaw pocket knife (any can do), and I guess throwing rocks can do. Anyways always be safe then sorry.
Pepper spray? a Knife? I mean Kershaw makes a hell of a knife, but i'd seriously consider a HAND GUN. Pepper spray won't do **** to a bear.
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