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Friday, July 31, 2020

Feline Friday - Mountain Lions in Closeup

Thanks so much for all of your kind comments yesterday. It's scary to make a leap like this one but I think that it will be a good choice. As you know, I am very attached to the wildlife who I follow. I will keep following the ones who I know so well, and I feel confident that I'll get to know new animals at our new place. It's actually better wildlife habitat than here but it will take time for me to learn where the animals reside.

Our mountain lions are awing me. For reasons that aren't clear to me, they are coming closer and closer to my trail cams to mark. Then, other lions want to sniff their markings so they come close too.

I usually set up my cams 15-20' from where I expect that the animals will appear. They are marking within a few feet of the cams (or 1' in one case).

It is really fun to see them so closeup. I think that this is one of our Toms.

He was close enough that we can see his drool!

Check out the video if you have time. It's the only time that you ever want to see mountain lions so close!


  1. SOOO close.!!!. Yes, moving is scary, but when you both know that is is for the better, it will all fall into place.

  2. That was two and a half minutes of my life well spent! Bertie and I watch with awe, and Bertie's tail envy deepens.
    Thanks once again for sharing this amazing mountain lion footage.
    Cheers, Gail.

  3. They are such gorgeous animals and so close!

  4. I'm a cat lover and these big cats are just so beautiful. The musculature is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  5. We love seeing your big cats so up close and personal.

  6. The face is just absolutely amazing to me I just love seeing the Lyons I think I like seeing the Lions more than the Bears! I love the bears but there's something about these big cats that's just hey beautiful

  7. Oh my that's right on top of your cam. Amazing. Such a beautiful feline. Thank you for sharing the wildlife in your neck of the woods.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. Scritches to the pups. ♥

  8. So close with the Cam is the way to go, they are amazing!

  9. I can't tell - do they urinate/mark before or after they scratch up the visible pile?

    1. They sometimes do. When they are so close and facing the cam, it is really hard to tell for sure. I thought that the one who paused for a long time after he finished scraping was probably urinating.

  10. Oh felines of all sizes thrill and delight me
    Hugs Cecilia

  11. Wow the closeness really highlights the (1) size of those paws and (2) the incredible muscle tone. AMAZING!
    P.S. Very excited for your new move and know you'll continue to share remarkable videos of the creatures of the woods close by with the benefit of less human foot and car traffic.

  12. That's for sure! :)
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  13. It is mesmerizing seeing such magnificent creatures so close up. One certainly wouldn't want to be that close to the lions in person!

  14. We do enjoy seeing the BIG cats, and we hope they only get close to the cams and not to your home.

    We are hoping that the bears, especially Tiny and Mohawk, will be seen in your new environment too. Maybe you need to send them a "new address" announcement:)

  15. Glad for your cameras' sake that lions squat instead of lift their legs!

    Can you share with us someday what you look for in siting cameras? You have an amazing track record, and I'm eager to see what you can capture as you figure out your new neighbors post-move.

    Chris from Boise

  16. Fascinating. I am going to miss your nature videos.

  17. It is always amazing to see your cam footage!
    I wish you happiness in your new home!

  18. Thanks for sharing! That is a very cool look into nature!


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