Two days ago I was running up a canyon at Rancho San Antonio Regional Park in the beautiful evening light when runners came thundering down the trail with serious looks on their face. "Turn back! There's a mountain lion ahead! It's a big one, right on the trail!"
I got so excited and got my camera ready. Have I mentioned that I'm an idiot? I figured I'm 6'4", mountain lions eat the kids, not the big men. I've always wanted to see one in the wild and never have.
But no... I searched and searched and no mountain lion.
Then the news came: a hiking group of six was approached by a cougar and a 6-year-old girl was hurt and administered first aid. It was where I was running. So they closed the park.
On my bike ride today, I talked to a ranger guarding the entrance to Rancho. He thinks the lion is a female who was simply guarding her three cubs, chasing hikers away. They want to give her some peace.
I want to take her photo. God they're beautiful.