Oh now, stop it! The title doesn't refer to ....um....er.......well, nevermind.
There was another mountain lion sighting in Arcata as reported in today's Times-Standard. Oh, the mountain lions are out there, that's a given. How often humans get to see them is another issue. I have had the rare opportunity of seeing five mountain lions in the past 40 years. I have been very lucky. The first sighting was when I was around 12 years old. This cat was drinking out of the river below our house in the middle of the day. The second sighting occurred when I was working one summer for the U.S. Forest Service. Through the middle of a cut-block cruised two...yes, two, teenage cougars side by side. Seeing that was a rarity in itself. The fourth cat ambled right in front of me as I was driving on Fickle Hill Road in Arcata and disappeared into the woods. And, a couple of years ago, I saw what I thought was a large dog run across Highway 101 at night near Trinidad. The last glimpse I got of the puma was of the long tail vanishing into a ravine. My father, who worked in the woods his entire life, didn't get the chance to see even one of nature's most elusive creatures.
Yes, I have been lucky living with the cougar. (Oh, stop it...!)
Yet another Cougar sighting!