So far removed, and getting farther with every generation, it seems. I wonder if some people today, would have known what Zach was trying to say. They may have though that he was just being disobedient, or lazy. And, it took me a few minutes to interpret his message. An old timer, would have sensed it, them self, without needing to have someone else repeat the message as many times as he did, before I understood.
Adult humans are not. But children are another thing, entirly!!! I t is almost as if they are another species, to the big cats. If you ever go to a zoo, and have the time, sit and watch the mountain lions. As adults pass by, they will usually not even bother to wake up. However, if an unattended child should walk by - everything changes! They go into an intense "predatory stalk mode". It is "chilling" just to observe. This is something that people should know: children should NEVER be left to play by themselves, in lion country! But, for some reason, this seems to be one thing, that I can never get people to grasp. ???!
No. But then, I was really was trying NOT to. I did take an informal census of cat numbers, and locations on my side of the range. And I came across one, that could be the one, that they are looking for, judging by her pug marks(most likely, a very sick, old female). This was something I had been meaning to do for a while, now. Every year, they bring children, and every year I try to keep them safe, not knowing exactly "who" is out there, watching. Pumas are usually nothing to worry about ... for adults, but children are their natural prey; possibly number "three" in preference on the menu, right after horse foals, and fawns!
Hello hmph! I am back a little early. Yesterday, Zach decided that it was a good idea, and that, like it or not, Spock, and I would go too. He almost pulled my saddle off-side, trying to lead - rather than follow. And he was right! The high places got snowed on VERY deeply last night. Horses have better weather instincts, than mules, or humans, it seems. :-)