That amazing sighting showed me that K's love of standing on the boulders in our meadows and forest is shared by our wild canines.
Then, closer to home, I found my answer. I crossed the same lion's tracks again. He/she had departed the area where I'd seen the maze of tracks and headed toward my neck of the woods last night. I suspect that he/she didn't manage to find dinner in the elk herd because a lion would have eaten from an elk carcass for a week or so.
If K had been with me for this exploration, I certainly would have leashed her as soon as we came across the lion tracks. However, I also would have followed her nose to discern the story of what had happened with the lion and the elk. She would have shown me which lion tracks were freshest and definitely would have alerted if there was an elk carcass nearby. My training, years ago, as a search and rescue dog handler taught me that a dog's nose can tell me more about what's going in the forest than my eyes ever can.
Here's to having K join me for biking again soon!