Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Darkhelmets, Jun 19, 2013.
Did anybody think that it could of been a Lynx. This is one hard cat to see out in the woods.
Yup, cougar for sure. About 53, 5' 7", 145 lbs with a slight hitch in her giddy-up.
Here we go,I always carry a pepsi or a packet of honey with me as I'm more likely to go into a diabetic coma than be attacked any critter in the woods. In fact I have given up all hope of being attacked by a crazed pack of nude nimpomaniacs while fishing in this lifetime...
Never give up!
While I certainly keep eyes and ears open for any and all predators - two-legged being orders of magnitude more likely than four - I'm more thrilled than scared that there are lions and lynxes and bears in them thar woods!
That said, this story in the Seattle Times a few years ago certainly raised some hairs on the back of my neck...http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2014261221_cougars18m.html
Better yet, buy a new fly rod!!!!
My, my. How judgmental and sanctimonious of you.
Whatever created the tracks I saw, be it a dog, lynx, cougar, or a bigfoot with paws, it sure sparked my interest.
Found a cool NatGeo doc that follows a few biologists tracking cougars near Jackson Hole. Definitely worth a watch.
If posting a link is frowned upon here, apologies.
Circa 1990, I saw an adolescent cougar( still had a few spot)s but was good sized, about 3/4 the way up to Ebey Lake.
Only cougar I saw in the 27 years of fishing the westslopes of the Cascades. Encountered a dripping wet adult cougar which had just waded across Rock Creek, MT.
I did see a Lynx dash across the road back in the 1980's along the S.F. Sauk River near Monte Cristo which was cool.
I worry more about Grizzily Bears in Yellowstone although the wolves are becoming numerous in northern Idaho where I now do most of my fishing.
One's chances of being attacked aren't zero but it isn't something I would concern myself with.
A hand gun isn't likely to do one any good should a cougar truly set it's heart on taking you down.
It would happen so suddenly that there wouldn't be any significant reaction time.