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I've been outside working with the hired hand doing all we can clearing and landscaping while we are having unreasonably good weather. We were packing up the tools and my wife had brought the daughter and her companion, a 65# pit bull, so they could get some outdoor time while the sun was out.

I was sitting on the tailgate of my truck with a cold pop and I looked towards the brushy hill across the driveway, about 45 yards, and there was a gray face, less than 3 feet off the ground watching us. Yes, cougar.

Now, I dont particularly get panicky to see one, I just don't like them watching me. We have plenty of small prey around here ans migratory waterfowl that stop at the swimming hole on the creek, so we have Fox, bobcat, cougar, hawks and bears (when the blackberries are on)

I have no control over whether the cat is a normally healthy one that is having no trouble finding food or if, for some reason it might desperate and looking for anything possible. Very odd that I had just had to take off the "iron" I had been wearing because the holster was not copacetic with the work I was doing. So I had swapped out the 9mm for one of my 10mms with a more suitable holster.

The wife was just going to town and I warned her about it, scooted the dog and kid back n the house. When the wife gets back she will have her LCR at hand and I'll go out to escort her in. All of that may sound excessive, and I can understand if folks who him I so, but I've also seen what a cougar will do when they get desperate.

Oh, the hired hand? He wears a Desert Eagle when he's busting brush. I ain't the only cautious one.
 

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I understand the situation, just try to avoid shooting it, unless it gets to close for comfort or is a threat to your pets and family.
 

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Keep a close eye out for it. That is out of character a bit but they are curious animals, it may have been a one time thing but better safe than BIT!
 

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A couple of years ago the wife saw one out the living room window less than 8 feet from the house. I would shoot one that shows that little fear in a heartbeat. I took out a bobcat a few years ago that was stalking the wife's little puppy in the yard. If they show me that they don't have a healthy respect for what is my territory they are done. I have a year-round tag for them even though I don't actively hunt them. It just makes things neater if I have to drop one. The fact that you can get a tag like that should be indicative of the population around here. Same with bear I've seen years when I could get two tags and draw for a "supplemental".
 

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That is probably just the first time you have seen it watching you. As said above they are curious animals. I've had Bobcats follow me when I walked from my Deer Stand after dark and that is the only thing I've seen watching me. No telling what I haven't seen! I had one follow a friend and I while we were gigging a creek in Southern Virginia. It would stay just out of sight but we could hear it in the leaves running to get ahead of us where we saw it climb a tree and watched us pass below. I have had Coyotes sit at the edge of fields and watch me cut or mow. I've never felt threatened but I still keep my eyes open and a handgun close.
 

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in Colorado, it is said that everytime you go out into Mountain Country, you were watched by a predator.
 

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Are you sure it wasn't a Bobcat?

Quite sure, comparing the size of the head to the tree it was next to and the plainess of the features compared to our bobcat around here. Our Bob's have distinctly white inner ears when they are facing you. Our cougars are more uniform sandy/gray
 

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Always better to be safe then sorry..
 
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A couple of years ago the wife saw one out the living room window less than 8 feet from the house. I would shoot one that shows that little fear in a heartbeat. I took out a bobcat a few years ago that was stalking the wife's little puppy in the yard. If they show me that they don't have a healthy respect for what is my territory they are done. I have a year-round tag for them even though I don't actively hunt them. It just makes things neater if I have to drop one. The fact that you can get a tag like that should be indicative of the population around here. Same with bear I've seen years when I could get two tags and draw for a "supplemental".

Same here. There are bobcats around here and bear too. I have yet to see one, but heard there is the occasional coyote every now and then.

They might sit and watch us as their evening entertainment every other night for all I know.

I don't have an issue with it.

But when they get to the point they start going all through my yard and have no fear of our smell or territory, I have no problem dropping one with my .308.

Funny thing is that with the bears being the biggest and probably the most dangerous to us - they are also the most skittish and afraid of us.
 
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Stay safe, some times I wonder in this situation if a Judge with #4 shot would be a good choice. Fast cat, wide pattern, loud bang. May not be lethal, but those stinging pellets could easily be a deterrent to continuing an attack and offer a better chance of hitting a stealthy fast attack.
 

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A couple of years ago the wife saw one out the living room window less than 8 feet from the house. I would shoot one that shows that little fear in a heartbeat. I took out a bobcat a few years ago that was stalking the wife's little puppy in the yard. If they show me that they don't have a healthy respect for what is my territory they are done. I have a year-round tag for them even though I don't actively hunt them. It just makes things neater if I have to drop one. The fact that you can get a tag like that should be indicative of the population around here. Same with bear I've seen years when I could get two tags and draw for a "supplemental".
There is no way I'd want to face all the scrutiny & red tape that would come with being called a "murderer" & "animal killer" by all the kooks on the "left" coast.

Just be careful and remember "SSS".



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You probably should have popped a shot off at it, just so it would keep a healthy respect for you and your place.
 

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There is no way I'd want to face all the scrutiny & red tape that would come with being called a "murderer" & "animal killer" by all the kooks on the "left" coast.

Just be careful and remember "SSS".



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Uhm, don't know how to tell you this but, "the whole west coast ain't like San Francisco." No reason to be quiet about it. This is rural country. It's perfectly legal and half my neighbors would do the same. Heck, if shooting a cougar was newsworthy our local paper would have a weekly column.
 

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There is something about coming in contact with a predator, isn't there? I clearly recall an encounter back in '72 with friends in the hills some miles outside of Nome, Alaska. Armed with .22 caliber rifles and a 20 gauge shotgun, we saw movement some distance away on a hillside. The guy with the binoculars checked it out and reported that it was a grizzly bear, about 1/2 mile from us. We looked at our arsenal, looked at each other, got into the pickup trucks without a word and put a good 8 miles distance between us and that predator.

And I don't recall too many things in my life that have evoked that feeling of being fully "alive" as that event.

 

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"Man" as a species, considers itself the top of the food chain, "man" as an individual occasionally finds out that is more of a guideline than a rule.
 
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