I did some research about how to determine a mountain lion's sex from its track. I discovered that scientists use the width of the heel pad as the main determinant. That's the triangular pad near the back of the paw. I discovered that this lion's heel pad width falls into the category of a large adult female (or a subadult male). I also learned how to distinguish individual mountain lions based on extensive measurements of every conceivable aspect of a track. I might try to do that so I can figure out if it is indeed one lion who keeps tracking all over our forest. I use my 3.5" long handwarmer for my scale to let me take measurements from my photos.
Rottrover left a very funny comment two days ago about "boot camp" at my house, involving many hikes, bike rides, and photo shoots - all in one day. She's right! Actually, the amount of hiking has increased exponentially recently because K is not allowed to snow bike with me yet. Before her injury/amputation, I included her in part of my snow bike ride and did no morning hike and a very short evening hike. The net effect of our new program is that K is getting stronger, and I'm getting very very tired... I hope that K can snowbike soon!
The Duo didn't seem even vaguely tired during our sunset hike. In the photo below, K looks incredulous that she actually beat R in a recall! She's getting faster and stronger every day.