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    • 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.

    • That park is near me as well. The first article I saw about the girl was one of the worst journalistic hack jobs I have ever read. It showed several stock photos of AFRICAN Lions. It said an adult mountain lion BIT the girl on the leg (which I immediately knew could not be true because it would not have let go so easily if that had been the case). Journalism is dead. I figured it might have been juvenile, but your explanation makes a lot more sense, especially this time of year. I've been to that park a number of times (not running like you do, but hiking), but I'm never seen a mountain lion there, and probably wouldn't have my camera ready if I did.

    • Turns out my mountain lion girlfriend was known to California Fish & Wildlife as she has been captured and relocated several times, but she always finds her way back.

      They captured her again, did DNA, and this time were able to conclude that sheโ€™s the one who scratched the girl before the adults scared her away. She was 60 pounds. This article seems pretty good from what I know. ๐Ÿ˜ข

    • No, they said it took three days to find her and she was in a tree. I donโ€™t feel quite so inept as a mountain lion tracker anymore. Turns out she wasnโ€™t the one with cubs.

      If I imagine what it must be like to think like a mountain lion (having no expertise whatsoever), I guess it goes like this: โ€œYโ€™know, I watch these hikers and the small ones look delicious. Quite slow too. I bet if I surprise them the big ones will scatter like deer do. Never know unless you try.โ€

    • Good to hear is was not a lioness with cubs.

      Still sad that they destroyed her, and did not try a really remote relocation with a tracking collar.