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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A gorgeous mountain lion sniffs a scent post

A mountain lion visited an area where there is a long line of scrapes left by previous mountain lions. It's an astounding place, with about 20 yards of innumerable scrapes left by generations of lions.

It is not surprising that lions are obsessed with the scents in this area. In these photos, he was standing over old scrapes - but he was sniffing the air and a branch hanging down barely into the frame.

Then, he walked forward and left his own scrape just barely out of view of the camera. That's the problem with an area visited so often by lions - you can't be sure exactly where they will choose to scrape.

In any case, I was thrilled to get such a good look at this extremely muscular and healthy lion. I don't know if he's our new top tom cat (remember that our tom cat was killed by a home owner last winter)  - because it appears to me as if the lines between territories may be being re-written. This guy may be the new top cat for the part of the territory to our west, and the part to our east is still being squabbled over. Time will tell...

This video is quite short but let's you see what a beautiful specimen this cat is!


  1. You get to see the neatest wild life. Amazing.

    Have a fabulous day. Scritches to the pups. ♥

  2. he is so muscular and strong and beautiful... a really fine looking Tom...

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  4. Hari OM
    What an absolutely perfect speciman!!! YAM xx

  5. What a striking body, and those legs, wonder what was going through his mind as he sniffed? Look out, feline ladies, he will be so popular!!!

  6. He's a beautiful cat and looks most powerful!

  7. He really does look like the handsome BossCat!

  8. MOL at Brian's comment. Boss wild or domesticated Cats are da Boss
    Hugs Cecilia

  9. He is a gorgeous boy....worthy of being top cat!

  10. I think he loves being on camera and is living the rock star life.

  11. HOLY COW PATTIES! That boy is huuuuge! So much bigger than the ones we see around here! very handsome!
    Ruby ♥

  12. He is a very big and handsome fellow. It's fun to see him sniffing.

  13. What a healthy looking cat. Unfortunately some mountain lions were killed in our area as well. I hate when that happens. This short video is amazing.

  14. He is gorgeous, and sure looks healthy!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets


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