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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!


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

    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.

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

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

  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.

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

  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

  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.

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

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

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


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