If the fox encounter wasn't enough drama, I got a call back from the Fish & Game trapper today who had all kinds of mountain lion stories to share. He told me that he'd had another phone call from a woman who ALSO heard a mountain lion- only in her case, a mountain lion actually showed up the next day and got one of her sheep! But then he told me what I thought was a reassuring story about a man who had two miniature donkeys, a goat and a sheep...the mountain lion came and took the goat, and then came back four days later and tried to take the sheep- but the trapper thinks that the donkeys "wouldn't let him". He told me to install motion sensor lights around the property (so far we have one) and that the best protection would be to put the donkeys in a barn with a door at night- he told me to "enjoy my property" but to "have a swivel head" (!!). He said that usually mountain lions give no warning whatsoever and are completely quiet before they attack. He said a lot of other things that I won't bore the blog reader with- just grim details about how serious mountain lion attacks are. He's had three calls in the past five days that were mountain lion related. Some day maybe we'll get a real barn with a door- but for now we're going to have to hope that the lighting and close proximity of the barn to the house and probably (sniff) getting rid of the hens will be protection enough. The trapper guy said that the lights really do work because mountain lions have excellent vision- even at night- so having the light suddenly turn on really creates a blinding effect. Anyway, aside from worrying myself to sleep at night, there's nothing else I can be doing- so think good thoughts for Paco & Luigi and if you know of anyone who wants to donate a bigger barn with doors (in exchange for quality donkey time?), send them our way!
Playing by the Fir tree...they like to run around it!
"Weegie- hold that pose...she likes it when we stand close and look cute like this!"
My mountain lion protection arsenal: Pepper spray I sometimes take on runs (hope it hasn't expired), a car alarm thing and a whistle that Snap gave me! I read an account of a nine year old boy who scared off a mountain lion by playing his trumpet. I have read more mountain lion accounts that I care to admit in the past few days!
Boulder's impressive yawn...surely as impressive as that of a mountain lion.
Our very own little resident mountain lion rides Randy's shoulders.
Seeking some shade by the oak, and Luigi samples the tree tape!