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Friday, October 24, 2014

Mountain Lion Mother-Kitten Adventures

Today, I want to tell you about the travels of a mountain lion mother and kitten. One afternoon recently, I captured a series of photos and videos of the pair.

You've already seen a few still photos from their escapades, the ones where the kitten knocked a trail camera off the tree.

I made a video of all of their travels that afternoon (I spent many hours learning to use the new iMovie to do this - ugh!).

I want to point out a few special moments in the video before showing it so you'll be alert to what's happening. I was amazed to see the part where the mother mountain lion appeared to be teaching the kitten to be alert and pay attention. She arrived at one camera first, and she appeared to hide on the side of the trail, awaiting her kitten.
Then, she leaped onto her kitten as s/he arrived. The mother was either being very playful or teaching the kitten an important lesson.

Another fascinating moment occurred at the next camera they visited. A deer had been through about 8 hours earlier.
When the lion pair arrived, they made a beeline for the spot where the deer had emerged from the forest.

Last but not least, there were the sweet moments in front of one camera where the mountain lions appeared to let down their guard. The lay and rolled on the ground together.
There's no way to see this side of mountain lions without using remote trail cameras. I adore getting glimpses like these ones!
Without further ado, you can watch the video either here or at Youtube.

It comes with the Shyla Seal of Approval!
 Happy Weekend!


  1. WOW that is so amazing and we are so so blessed that you share this with us. THANK YOU!!

  2. Sweet moments indeed, and thank you so much for sharing them!

  3. Fascinating video - and the description of what was to come made it even more enjoyable. Hi Shyla!

  4. you did a great job on the video sequencing and explaining their behaviors. :)

  5. This is just amazing. National Geographic has nothing on you!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  6. Oh my gosh-its fantastic! What wonderful photos you captured.

  7. Just amazing! We think that deer had better look for another part of the forest to walk!

  8. I'd hate to be a deer in your forest! Wonderful photos. I love the cats being affectionate (?) with each other :-)

  9. Wow! That is so neat! I live your trail cam photos!

  10. Wow - what great footage, KB! We totally enjoyed that! High five right back atcha, Shyla!

  11. Wow - that is amazing!

    Of course, we knew it would be with Shyla's Seal of Approval! ;)

    Monty and Harlow

  12. What a wonderful video!! I just love seeing wildlife doing it's thing!!

  13. Wow, wow, wow! Love those videos. Id like to give a belly rub to one of those cats!! Awww such beautiful faces they have.

    Great series!!!


  14. Holy Cow! That's amazing!! Thanks for posting!

  15. That has to be one of the most amazing videos you've done yet. What spectacular captures. Amazing to see the cats reactions so many hours after the deer.

  16. Those are such wonderful photos of them! Howdy right back atcha Shyla!

  17. Mountain lions are one of my favourite animals. I love this glimpse of them. Thank you!

  18. So fun to watch these - thanks for sharing with us.

  19. This is fantastic! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this video. Mountain lions are amazing.


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