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on Jul 20, 2007
Watch out if you're hiking in Foothill Park. As the number of deer decrease and the number of young Mountain Lions looking for their own territory increases, where should they go?
Will those little battery game repellers work on Mountain Lions?
I think a hiking staff would be a good idea.
Foothill Park, what makes you think the deer are decreasing? From my window, I see more deer than I have in several years. This happens up here. We get more deer, they attract mountain lions who eat them, then the mountain lions go elsewhere after the deer dry up, and then the deer start coming back again. The mountain lions show up just when the deer start looking a little skinny up here about November or December.
Signed: 20 years of watching.
To Palo Altans in favor of "keeping what's ours ours", here is a solution for two of your key problems.
Open up your PA-only park to those children who keep trying to sneak into your PA-only schools. With luck some PA-only mountain lions will eat them.
Or we might try coursing the hounds up our creeks. With fox hunting banned in England, we might develop a unique Palo Alto sport.
Or ... um ... maybe CCD cameras everywhere?
I run regularly up in the hills around Cupertino, Los Altos and San Antonio Park. I have come across a recently killed deer still bleeding from a ripped open chest and broken neck. I have seen large paw prints on several occasions and they were not dog or cat, they were Mountion Lion paw prints. In the last 4 months I have been charged at by a wolf, which turned into the bushes about 10 feet in front of me. Probably a female protecting young. I have seen the same bob cat around the same areas (horse corrals near cement plant). The wild life is awesome if you are afriad of being a vitim do not go out in the early morning, or early evening this is the time they are most active and out hunting. A walking staff will be of little help the animal will come from behind and you will not know it until it is on you. If you see it DO NOT RUN face the cat and get as big as you can and slowly walk toward it, the cat should go away usually they do when this approach is used. Best thing to be safe is having handheld pepper spray in both hands one hand should be free in the atack. Spray in face of the animal. The Moutain Lion will leave the area for fear of being injured. I also surf and have no fear of Sharks they are doing what they do, just like the mountian lion. I fear freeway drivers more then any animal in the world, the drunk drivers are the biggest danger in our daily life.
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