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Old 03-18-2013, 12:34 AM   #11 (permalink)
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It's almost heartbreaking to look at, but you can't have an animal like that in town. It seems when they get older this happens sometimes. I remember a story about a 250lb female that used to chill in somebody's driveway in Idaho Springs before it had to be put down as well.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:56 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I had a mountain lion jump on the hood of my car in the Black Hills of SD. Right off a rock by the dirt road near Pactola lake. I was taking a buddy home at the time. I almost shit myself.

Three weeks later they ended up killing it since it was hanging around the housing development there. Around the same area a lady was walking a small breed dog and the lion snatched it and ran off. Not sure if it was the same one but I'm guessing so.

We always had Mountain goats and deer in the yard, My dog is afraid of deer now since one kicked the shit out of him. He still chases the rams out of the yard though, I hope he doesn't meet a stubborn one.

... I just can't get into hunting though, it's boring and I'm kind of a sally when it comes to killing animals.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:59 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Where'd you find that pic?

The summer I was living in Estes Park a sick mountain lion wandered into town and had to be put down.

I'm a hunter so it doesn't really bother me. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that every wild animal ever born is pretty much guaranteed a horrible death at birth. Get sick and starve, get old and starve, get killed by a predator, etc. A quick bullet is about the cleanest death an animal can get.

I've only seen two mountain lion. One ran in front of me on my way back from fishing the South Platte down around Deckers and the second was taking a nap in my backyard here in Evergreen.
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Where'd you find that pic?

The summer I was living in Estes Park a sick mountain lion wandered into town and had to be put down.

I'm a hunter so it doesn't really bother me. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that every wild animal ever born is pretty much guaranteed a horrible death at birth. Get sick and starve, get old and starve, get killed by a predator, etc. A quick bullet is about the cleanest death an animal can get.

I've only seen two mountain lion. One ran in front of me on my way back from fishing the South Platte down around Deckers and the second was taking a nap in my backyard here in Evergreen.
I've been hunting quite a few times, I don't have a problem with it. I just can't get into it. My friends are just as crazy about hunting as I am about skiing/riding. Very true though, I've been reading about wolf packs a lot lately, nature is fucking violent. I'm so glad we have thumbs and shit.

A friend of mine had a basset hound that chased a young mountain lion up a tree, they just relocated that one. I think they give 50 tags/year on Mountain Lions up there, they're getting pretty thick. No idea what it costs though
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I don't really have any desire to hunt mountain lions personally.

I don't know how to cook it and don't know whether it's worth eating, so I have no desire to shoot it unless I need to out of self defense.
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I saw 2 moose this spring and summer. I have only seen 3 total, the first one I saw almost 3 years ago. I live in Colorado.
The best spots I've found to see moose in CO are the west side of RMNP around Grand Lake and along the Blue River north of Silverthorne - especially up around the Rock Creek area on the east side of the Gore Range. I've never been in the Rock Creek area without either seeing a moose or seeing a ton of fresh moose sign.
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my buddy swears mountain lion is his favorite game meat ever!

That particular animal is just majestic and inspiring to me in its size thats why its a bummer, but then again they are so elusive...(got no beef with the dudes taken em out)

I mean look at that fucken thing!
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my buddy swears mountain lion is his favorite game meat ever!

That particular animal is just majestic and inspiring to me in its size thats why its a bummer, but then again they are so elusive...(got no beef with the dudes taken em out)

I mean look at that fucken thing!
You can typically expect that when they are hanging around human establishments something is wrong. They have an injury, or a broken tooth, or quills stuck somewhere, picked up a disease, ect. Usually means they cannot hunt by their normal means and so are trying to find easy meals such as peoples pets or farm animals. So, I always take solace in the fact that they are probably not "normal" since it makes little sense for such an elusive animal to be hanging around.
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I'm a hunter so it doesn't really bother me. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that every wild animal ever born is pretty much guaranteed a horrible death at birth. Get sick and starve, get old and starve, get killed by a predator, etc. A quick bullet is about the cleanest death an animal can get.
Not a hunter, but this is true. I'm especially big on 'culling the herd' hunting, especially when humans throw off the balance of the food chain by protecting one species while hunting something else.

That said, I get a little sad about the big cat being shot and tracked for 12 hours, though that particular skill is a big part of hunting. Probably why I'm not a hunter.

The last time I went hunting, I saw a massive many-point (?) buck that was traipsing around with a few other deer; it looked like a cow and had enormous balls. I couldn't shoot it because it looked too glorious. I later shot a small doe as recompense. I felt terrible afterwards. Hunting fail.

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I later shot a small doe as recompense. I felt terrible afterwards. Hunting fail.
That's how I felt after each of my hunting escapades. Not a fan! I do love phesant hunting though. They taste great and don't seem to get me worked up. I have no remorse for birds I guess.
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