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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

A close call for an elk

There's a spot where three gulches converge deep in the forest. Elk and deer wander through. Hungry mountain lions pass through regularly, probably as they search for their next meal. It's a great spot for a trail cam.

In this video, you'll see an elk have a close call with a pair of mountain lions. Check it out!


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  1. I am wondering, what would be the outcome of an encounter between a mountain lion and a bull elk?

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    1. I don't know the answer to that. I've seen female elk and small bull elk that have been killed by lions. However, I've never seen a big bull elk killed by a lion. In this case, the adult lion was a female and smallish. That makes it less likely that she could kill a big bull elk. I don't know if her kitten might have helped. I've never read about cooperative hunting among lions. So, I don't know. But I do know that the bull elk was very afraid of them! That tells us something.

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  2. love the second one in the background... he looks like phoenix when he has a bad idea ;O)

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  3. That sure was a close call for the elk. We hope he made a clean escape from those cats.

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  4. It's pretty obvious the elk wants nothing to do with the cats. I'm sure it could do some damage with it's hooves but a couple of cats would likely win out.

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  5. Ooh, dodged a bullet there! That would not be a happy close encounter.

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  6. i would have missed the kitten if you did not mention it. boy the elk were boot scootin outa there, I would be toooooo

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  7. Helter skelter, with branches and twigs snapping as he raced off, bet his heart was beating SO fast!!! The kitten, what great cover they have, I might have missed him too. Hope the lions found dinner somewhere else.

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  8. Thank goodness the elk got away safely. Wow!

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  9. The elk is huge...wow. Glad he was light on his hooves
    Hugs Cecilia

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  10. Dang, that was cutting it close!

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  11. That elk sure hightailed it out of there fast!!! Fascinating video.

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