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    04-07-2012, 10:03 AM
Green Broke
What part of AZ? Saw a guy on an ATV last W/E's ride-he was looking for his dogs & thought there was a mountain lion around.
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    04-07-2012, 11:44 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
What part of AZ? Saw a guy on an ATV last W/E's ride-he was looking for his dogs & thought there was a mountain lion around.
Me? I'm in the White Mountains near Show Low.
    04-07-2012, 02:19 PM
Our rangers swear up and down that there aren't any around here. But I've seen the tracks and our "neighbors" used to see one often on their way to work in the mornings. They even had some dogs attacked and found one ripped to shreds.
I'm not saying they are natural born, could be ones released out here, but they are here.

As far as being attacked, I'm not worried. They are going to do their thing, stay as far away from me as I would them. They are more interested in feeding on easy prey such as weak deer, fresh road kill, and hogs than a healthy human and very large horse surrounded by dogs, which you should travel with.
I'm more afraid of snakes and mamma bears around here
You know statistically we have a higher chance of being killed by a donkey than either lightening or plane crashes??? I'd watch out for the long ears!!!!
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    04-07-2012, 02:56 PM
Mountain lions are predators.
They seek out the low hanging fruit when it comes to prey.
Your horse will see it in the event there is one around, get very alert, which will tip you off to look where the horse is looking.
Any obnoxious noisemaker will spook them away.
I hunt them in the winter when their fur is prime, and I trap bobcat, coyote, and fox.
Theyre quite solitary animals, and theyre more afraid of you than you are of them.
They avoid confrontation at all costs too.
The best shot I ever had on one was 250 yards across a valley at a full run.
Needless to say, I missed.
Personally, I wouldnt worry myself about them at all.
I worry more about the 2 legged citified ******us maximus I run into while tooting around in the back country.
They seem to have zero concept of anything beyond what they can see with their eyes, and theyre really easy to locate, since they make obnoxious amounts of noise, smell awful, and leave oodles of tracks and other evidence of their existence.
I've had bullets whizz past me on more than one occasion while hunting in the scrub areas for coyote, a direct correlation to the zero concept past field of vision.
    04-07-2012, 03:55 PM
Both lion tracks & wolf spotted by neighbors recently, where I hike with small dog on their acreage. Lions will go to scalp someone first thing, so I wear my riding helmet when up there & other remote places. The scalping greatly reduces one's chance of survival.

You can google for lion attacks & see that they've been undeterred by noise (chainsaws, even), & have been known to attack adults who weren't aware of their presence. Those who got attacked also were told not to worry, so do carry weapons & do keep your eyes peeled.

Agree with poster who said to remember bears, too. Bobcats, not to worry; they're going to run from you. Coyotes usually want to run, too. A few coyotes have been so darn nice to my dog, chasing & badgering them, like an idjit; they didn't raise a hair to him!

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