We usually don't see the wildlife around us, although I am acutely aware that the wild animals are going about their business out of our sight.
This morning, Shyla and I had a close encounter with a mountain lion, although I didn't know it at the time. We were riding up toward Hug Hill, and I had my Garmin GPS going, recording our position at each instant during the ride. Shyla stayed close, right next to my bike.
A little later, after I'd dropped Shyla off at home, I checked a trail camera that was along our route up to Hug Hill that morning. My jaw dropped when I saw this.
This reiterated for me that our mountain lions really prefer not to be seen by us. It also showed me that Shyla has some common sense. She didn't even take a step in the direction where the lion was hidden. She stayed right next to me the whole time.
People ask me if I'm afraid of being out in the forest with the mountain lions. I used to be when I first moved here... but I've come to believe, over the years, that the vast majority of mountain lions don't want to be anywhere near me. I spend enough time "out there" solo, that I would've seen many more mountain lions by now if they weren't so afraid of humans. Although it's a spooky thought, I feel certain that many lions have watched me pass by as they stood hidden in the forest by the trail.
It was another intriguing and beautiful day in the mountains of Colorado.