The Preserve will be closed for the following week:The Mountain Lion returned two nights ago while Dan and I were finishing our dinner. He was stalking a doe and her fawn.
We first saw the doe and fawn running by the front of our motorhome. They stopped just past our rig. Mama was looking very agitated by stamping her hooves and making a loud blowing or crying sound.
He was hunched down under the tree and he was focused on the deer. Within seconds of discovering the lion hiding so close to our rig, he leaped out at the doe and fawn. The doe took off towards the open fields while the fawn escaped into the woods behind the lion's hiding place.
For the next half hour, Mama wandered around the field making the same crying sound. It was so heart-breaking. I'm not sure if she was calling to her little one or still hoping to get the lion to come chase her. I know this is part of Mother Nature's circle of life, but to have this happen right in front of us...well, it was hard to accept. I have a hard enough time watching a wildlife show when it is following a predator on a hunt.
Right now, the realization that just hours before we were sitting outside with the cats and seeing this Mountain Lion so close to our home...it is a little unnerving. Dan and I have been walking together on the trails, thinking there was more of a chance of running into the lion on the trails. We have heard stories of people sighting big cats (Bobcats) on the nature trail just across the field from us. Doe and fawn have been passing by our motorhome almost every evening. It never occurred to us that the Mountain Lion might follow the doe and fawn since there is plenty of game spread out over the 320 acres.
Dan saw a doe cruising the edge of the woods - probably the mother looking for her fawn.
Dan along with the Preserve Manager, and his ranch cattle dog walked the entire preserve trail system, checked part of the creek, and checked the area where the cat and fawn had disappeared. No sign of the kill, if there is one. But the fawn was small, the cat large, so it could have eaten some and carried the rest off across the creek a distance - where the men did not go.
The Manager has closed the Preserve for at least one week to visitors. He may contact fish and game who may or may not come out for a look. I'm hoping they will just monitor the Mountain Lion and not kill him for doing what comes naturally. He looks young and hasn't learned how dangerous us humans can be when threatened. He hasn't shown any interest in humans, but he doesn't seemed to be skittish of us either.
Dan weed whacked more vegetation all around the motorhome - 30 yards out for a better visual range. Most of it was already mowed, except under the trees were overgrown with 3-4 foot tall grass.
In the meantime, kitties will not be allowed outside and we will be taking walks together with our pepper spray.