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OK, Californians, who had “Predators invade the suburbs to eat children?”

California features a landscape in which real wilderness closely abuts the most densely populated suburbs. It does not rain typically from April to October, and watercourses become brushy arroyos instead of streams, and these serve as perfect mountain lion highways from the uninhabited mountains right into suburbia. Never Yet Melted サ Bad Kitty!

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  • Casey Klahn September 23, 2020, 10:36 AM

    Not far from there, they have a total ban on killing wild animals. Kids a nuisance? Won’t be for long!

  • John the River September 23, 2020, 10:42 AM

    When it gets to the point that you wear camo… not to sneak up on wild game… but to avoid being spotted by your neighbors or passerby when shooting the damn squirrels off the damn bird feeder.

  • Gordon Scott September 23, 2020, 11:37 AM

    John, be sure Alyssa Milano isn’t your neighbor.

  • ghostsniper September 23, 2020, 11:46 AM

    Here Kee-Kee, wanna pork chop? heh heh
    (where my round-up iz?)

  • PA Cat September 23, 2020, 12:18 PM

    Relocate the “kitty” to Portland and turn it loose on the BLM/Antifa crowd. At night. When the “protesters” are marching through the suburbs. “The marches in Portland are increasingly moving to residential and largely white neighborhoods, where demonstrators with bullhorns shout for people to come ‘out of your house and into the street’ and demonstrate their support. . . . One white man stepped onto his patio clapping and hollering in support of the passing march. The group called for him to join. He smiled and waved them on, still clapping. They began to chant that he was spineless. He looked worried. But the march moved along, and he went back into his house. ‘You’ll never sleep tight, we do this every night,’ the protesters chanted.” [quote is from the NY birdcage liner, so I’m not going to post a link].

    I think the marchers would make excellent high-protein cat food for Kee-Kee, as all felids are obligate carnivores (must have animal flesh in their diets).

  • Kevin in PA September 23, 2020, 1:18 PM

    True story from when I lived in Snohomish County, WA.
    First the green-enviro-extremists were successful in banning the hunting of bear and cougar with dogs. They said it was inhumane and unfair to the wild animals.
    Then, they banned traps and baiting.
    So, lo and behold there comes a point when cougars were showing up on school playgrounds, city parks and golf courses. There were also numerous problems with the big cats roaming close to housing developments and eating house cats and small puppies….oh, and goats.
    Goats, brings us to the heart of this tale.
    Some old greenie broad living in the woods with her goat herd, lost 3 goats in just a few weeks. She calls fish&game dept. Game warden comes around to get the details. The greenie-enviro-extremist demands that the fish&game dept. Do Something!
    Game warden says he will contact a cat hunter deal with the problem. Not sure how much it will be, but she will have to pay his fee.
    Trouble is that the cat hunters got rid of most of their dogs. Who can afford to feed a pack of blood hounds if you can’t hunt them? So, game warden calls the cat hunter and, of course, the cat hunter has to go and get details from the greenie lady.
    He shows up and begins to ask stuff like, when was the last time anyone saw the big cat, when was the last goat killed, and the one before that, etc.
    During the Q&A the greenie-enviro-extremist says, “hey, how much is this gonna cost?”
    Cat hunter: “about $500.”
    Greenie-enviro-extremist: “Wha…wha…what?!!!”
    Cat hunter: “$500”
    Greenie: “$500 dollars! That’s a lot of money!”
    Cat hunter: “Well, if you hadn’t voted for all these stupid laws banning cougar hunting, I’d a done it for free.”
    True story.

  • Auntie Analogue September 23, 2020, 3:03 PM

    From a famous canary (albeit not in a coal mine) . . . : “I towt I taw a puddy tat!”

  • Guest September 23, 2020, 5:25 PM

    My buddy and I were stalked by and faced down a mountain lion while mountain biking in the foothills West of Denver. The stare down lasted about three minutes as the lion maneuvered uphill to get a better position for attack. We finally scared it away by standing tall and holding our bikes over our heads and got lucky by beaning it in the noggin with a well-thrown rock.

    I’ve come across many a bear, elk, moose, coyote, etc., while mountain biking. This was the only time I was genuinely scared that I might end up a meal. Had I been biking alone that day I probably would not have made it out alive.

  • ghostsniper September 23, 2020, 5:49 PM

    Out an about with animals, 2 and 4 legged, that can kill you, without a capable firearm, is suicide disguised as silliness.

  • Elmo September 23, 2020, 6:06 PM

    I believe it was in 1997 that petition gatherers were collecting signatures for California’s initiative to “ban the trophy hunting of mountain lions”. One day that year I was going into a Kmart when a couple of women were gathering signatures. I was able to sneak into the store without being seen. But as I came out I had almost gotten by them when one of them walked up to me and asked “Would you like to sign our petition?”, to which I replied a polite “No thank you”. Unfailing politeness is one of my many faults.

    As I took a step away from their table another woman came running up, announcing for all to hear “I’ll sign it!”, and as she was handed the clipboard said “They’re such beautiful creatures!”. When I heard that my eyes rolled and I thought ‘another city transplant who has never had one of these “beautiful creatures” staring at them from thirty feet away’, as have I.

    Fast forward 20+ years and I have at least one lion that regularly travels the riparian area directly below my home. Needless to say, my .357 Blackhawk and a 3 D-cell MagLite are my constant companions when I take my pre-dawn walks to get the morning paper.

  • rodney smith September 23, 2020, 7:59 PM

    Forget the story, how about the last name of every journalist in this video? Wtf?

  • Jack September 24, 2020, 6:45 AM

    People who don’t hunt and a large number of those who do have no idea of the strength, speed and agility of a wild cat that can be 3′ high at the shoulder, 8′ long over the pegs (nose to tip of tail) and weigh around 120 lbs, average. He is made from nature’s steel and wire, fully capable of catching and quickly killing any deer, elk or moose and if you think those ungulates are pussies just because they are pretty and live in the woods, you are just nuts. They are monstrously strong animals and they can and do kill a human in short order.

    The West Coast mindset is a strange thing and those of us who are not part and parcel of that area of civilization always have a ‘my Lord, what the Hell are they thinking?’ response when we hear of some runner or mountain biker being attacked or killed and/or eaten by a lion. The only real surprise is that it doesn’t occur more often. Pets and livestock are killed regularly but we never get wind of it East of Paradise.

    If the cat kills an oldster and isn’t frightened away it will probably eat and move on but they are sensitive and they might kill and then abandon it to return later. If it takes a kid it will, like most other cats, take the kill away, eat in peace and cover the remainder with leaves, sticks and debris.

    The remains of people who have been killed and eaten by predators are another thing altogether and since common sense and practical game management don’r compute with the nature lovers perhaps the local news should provide closeups of that discovery on the 5:30 news and then see what spills.

  • Sisu September 24, 2020, 8:25 AM

    I cannot believe the stupidity of the neighbors. Do they actually think that their mere presence will scare away a large cat ? … Parents on that and nearby streets are wholly irresponsible if they let their children outside before that cat is caught and relocated; even then I’d move if I had children, and if childless I’d carry a large caliber handgun – F… CA’s stupid gun laws. … The follow up article is going to be reporting the “tragedy” of the guy with the little dog being attacked / killed. Idiots.

  • Elmo September 24, 2020, 8:45 AM

    Power- Barbara Barsalou Schoener, 40. Killed while jogging on a trail in a state recreation area near Cool, California. Her skull was crushed when she was attacked from behind by a cat. She never knew what hit her.
    Size- One morning at 3:30 while driving to work I had the biggest cat I’ve ever seen cross the road in my headlights near Colfax, CA. While his nose was on the centerline the tip of his tail was on the fog line of a 10′ lane.
    Invisibility- I once heard a state trapper tell a group of loggers and their wives he was speaking to “You may not think you’ve seen a mountain lion, but they’ve seen you”.

  • Zippy September 24, 2020, 11:41 AM

    I wish I were surprised but I’m not. I live within SF city limits (barely) and it was recently noted that a mountain lion had been spotted traipsing around the Mission Bay and Russian Hill neighborhoods back at the end of June. It was said that this cat was responsible for a couple of animal kills at the Zoo. Wish it had instead feasted on the out of control raccoon population we have here in the City.

    I mountain bike often in Golden Gate Park and it’s bad enough I have to be on the lookout for coyotes, and now this. Some of the single track is in thick brush and is prime territory for a cat to lie in wait. I don’t want to have that privilege.

  • Ray September 24, 2020, 4:06 PM

    My sister lived in the foothills region of Albuquerque, NM, next to the Sandia mountains, and in the winter mountain lions would come into town looking for food. You didn’t leave your pets or children outside alone.

  • Phil in Englewood September 24, 2020, 5:10 PM

    David Baron’s The Beast in the Garden in an excellent book about mountain lions reestablishing themselves in Boulder, CO.

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