The old saying goes about a mountain lion, “if you see one, it’s already to late.”
They are just as frightening as it comes in the wild, as quiet as they are quick and powerful.
The move quietly through the woods with constant speed and purpose, always on the lookout for prey. Mature cats in California typically weigh around 150-pounds.
That’s one large kitty.
Eating about 8-10 pounds of meat every single day, your average mountain lion spends A LOT of time hunting. Basically, all they do is hunt and eat.
A mountain lion’s favorite meal is usually in the form of deer. And in places where these big cats roam, wherever the deer are, the lions are nearby.
But, that doesn’t mean it’s common to witness their killings.
This California hunter had a bunch of trail cameras set up on his land when he captured something incredible.
The nighttime footage shows a deer stepping out into an open area in view as she grazes along. Like something out of a horror movie, a mountain lion comes out of the darkness and lunges for her.
All you can see is the eyes creeping up behind the unsuspecting deer and you know it’s all over for Bambi.
In one quick jump the deer and lion land on the ground and that’s all she wrote.
It is amazing how effective they are at taking out these larger animals, and even more amazing to witness it on camera.
Listen To This Mountain Lion In Heat Make Insane Noises
Hunting is a great way to provide food for you and your family, participate in the conversation of our beautiful natural resources, and if nothing else spend some time in the great outdoors.
And from time to time, it’s also a great way to crap your pants in the woods.
Back in 2016, a hunter shared this video… and if you don’t think nature can be terrifying, you haven’t been in it enough.
Is that pack a rabid, flesh-eating zombies?
Are those the cries of a witch being burned at the stake, unleashing her curse upon the masses?
Is it the sound of a demon being exorcised from the body of a small child and thrown into the Lake of Fire?
No, it’s a mountain lion in heat…
Can you imagine hearing that in the woods? You’re on a little camping trip with your friends, the fire is starting to die down, you retire to your tents, and just as your eyes start to close, you start hearing these demons worshipping Satan in the woods.
Trip’s over, man…
Then again, hearing her is better than seeing her, or worse…. her following you on the trail for nearly 10 minutes.
Utah Hiker Stalked By Aggressive Mountain Lion
Kyle Burgess was running in Slate Canyon, Utah, when he realized that he was aggressively being tailed by a mountain lion. Quick thinking, he got big, he got loud, and did everything he could to scare the big cat, but she stayed behind him for more than six straight minutes.
She lunged at him with a terrifying false charge each time, but holy hell if that ain’t enough to make me leave the trail with some soiled shorts.
However, according to Kyle, the mother cougar was just protecting her 4 young cubs:
“I found what I thought were bobcats on the trail during a run. Turns out they were cougar cubs and their mother was not happy to see me.
She follows me for over six minutes acting very aggressively while I walk backwards up the trail.”
He eventually threw a rock at it, and it finally turned and ran away.
I don’t know how Kyle wasn’t more freaked out, but props to him for staying cool, calm and collected.
But like I always say, everybody loves nature until they come face to face with it… not for the faint of heart.
Another Utah Hiker Has Close Encounter With Mountain Lion
Welp, that will most definitely get the blood pumping.
Another hiker in Utah documented a tense situation as he was stalked by a mountain lion while exploring Broads Fork Trail.
“I was hiking Broads Fork Trail up Big Cottonwood Canyon (a trail I’ve hiked frequently) when I heard noise behind me and I saw a cougar.”
That’s about the time you shit a brick.
He adds, “I faced the cougar and proceeded to back up and try to make myself big and talk calmly to the cougar.” After watching the video, I’m not totally sure this fella got the sound “big and calm” part down, but can you blame the guy?
He detailed how the encounter ended, saying “The cougar periodically would sprint at me and hiss and show its teeth. She probably was about 10 feet away at her closest.
The encounter lasted about 5 minutes and I have about 2 minutes of it on video. Eventually, she gave up pursuing me and I made it away safely.”
“I PROMISE I’M NOT GONNA BUG YOU! I’M GOING AWAY!”
Maybe didn’t sound big and calm, but the guy didn’t get torn to pieces, so there’s a win…