Photos and text copyright Romping and Rolling in the Rockies 2009-2017.

All photographs and text within this blog are copyrighted.

You may not copy or repost any photos or text without specific permission from the author of this blog. When in doubt, please ask.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Mountain Lions on Patrol

On the home front, R continues to be in amazing spirits. He's doing well and isn't even interested in messing with the surgical site. So, as long as he is supervised, he can have his cone off. That makes him very happy!

Now, for a wild Caturday post...

The mountain lions are patrolling our area, doubtless attracted to the elk herd which has arrived to spend the winter here.

As autumn got underway, I noticed a mountain lion marking area and decided to put a trail cam there. I have found that it is a very popular spot for our lions. In September, a female lion came through in broad day light. Unlike male lions who visit this spot, she simply urinated there. Look at her graceful tail!

And then she walked onward. I wondered if she might be the female who was part of an "amorous pair" drinking from a nearby water pool back in July. If that pair successfully mated, kittens would have been born this month.

Then, for about a month, other carnivores came to the spot but not mountain lions. Finally, on October 22, a lion arrived at this marking area.

The lion was very interested in a scent just off the trail. This view also showed an apparent wound on the inside of the lion's left leg.

Here is another view of the wound.
Surprisingly, that lion didn't choose to mark. The lion just sniffed and then departed, suggesting that it was a female. Females are less vigilant about marking than males are.

Only two nights later, another lion visited the spot. I believe that it was a different lion than on the 22nd because there is no wound visible on his left leg, although the view was never perfect for seeing it. This lion did mark - as a male lion would typically do. Remember that "marking" is when they scrape backward with each hind paw and then leave a few drops of urine in the scraped area.
It has been a very busy year in terms of mountain lion activity in our area. Many people would view that as a "problem". I don't agree. These cats have plenty of prey, and so they don't mess with humans. We have hundreds of elk, and innumerable deer, and so our mountain lions do not lack food sources.

I made a short video of the activities of these mountain lions. Seeing them in motion is a thrill for me - every single time!


  1. Hari Om
    ...and you thrill us with your sharing of these wonderful images!!! YAM xx

  2. So pleased to hear R is doing well. What super footage, a great find by you.


  3. Magnificent creatures. Glad to hear R is happy.

  4. We are sure happy R is doing well. Those big kitties sure are pretty!

  5. she is gorgeous!!! I noticed in the video her tongue is flicking or moving, right at the beginning. I watched it twice but can't tell what she is doing. the still shots are AMAZING. so glad R can have his cone off.
    when Baby had her surgery, we took turns staying in the bedroom with her, so she could have the cone off. we had to separate her from the other two dogs because her stitiches were 12 inches long on her side and tummy.

  6. I always look forward to your mountain lion and bear cam posts. Glad R is on the road to recovery.

  7. Go R, what a wonderful boy he is!
    I agree, definitely not a problem to see so much lion activity on the trail cams...thanks for sharing it!

  8. Glad to hear R is doing well! The cats are beautiful. That one female has quite the long tail!!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  9. R you are one great pup with the bestest one day at a time good buddy and before long I predict you'll be leading your pack on an excursion....with that wonderful labra-nose
    Hugs Cecilia

  10. R, you are a great boy to be so good, Well done to you all. The lion in daylight, it shows their fur and that huge tail ,magnificent. The other one with the wound, that idn't seem to be any bother, not limping as far as I could see.

  11. R, we're happy you've avoided the cone! Good Boy. Can't believe people want to live, or visit a wild area and then complain about the wild inhabitants. Crazy.

  12. Such majestic creatures. Hope the one with the leg wound heals quickly and completely.

  13. I don't think any of us are going to be able to top your Caturday pictures

  14. We so love your videos. And we are happy to hear that R is doing nicely. Keep up the good nursing:)

    The coyote that we met on our walk a couple of weeks ago may have met his demise - we saw one in the brush alongside the road this week, looked like he and a car collided:(

  15. Love the big cats! Good for R being a good boy
    Hazel & Mabel


If you are a Blogger registered user, you can skip the step asking you to verify that you are not a spammer. For posts older than 5 days, I have comment moderation turned on.

Thanks for your comments!!!!!