Well, I don’t know for certain but I think we might have a mountain lion hanging out in our valley.
I’ve seen reports on Nextdoor that residents of the next valley over have been spotting a mountain lion but I hadn’t seen or heard anything out of the ordinary around our home. Well, late last week I was walking the dogs later than usual when I heard a sound unlike anything I’ve ever heard out here before. Tiki spent the remainder of the walk home looking over her shoulder.
Since then, I’ve been out photographing tracks in the silt alongside our dirt road.
Finding many large paw prints with no sign of claws makes me think these are feline tracks.
Also, our game camera picked up a blurry form that’s not a coyote or fox, which is what’s usually spotted on this camera just outside our front yard. You can see that the form on the right is heavier than the coyote on the left:
Just in case this is a mountain lion hanging around, we’re changing up our routine. I always carry pepper spray on my walks but now I’m making sure those walks are completed before dusk.
We’re also making sure the dogs are indoors once it’s dark. Tiki loves to sit on the porch at night but, at least for now, she’s going to have to stay indoors.
We’re also cutting out middle of the night potty runs. Irie and Tiki go out on a supervised potty run right before bedtime but, if they wake up in the middle of the night, they’re going to need to use puppy pads for now. We’re using Simple Solution All Day Premium Dog Pads which hold up to 10 cups of liquid. (Don’t miss Wednesday’s #SimpleSolution Twitter party we’re co-hosting where we’ll be talking more about pads and giving out over $450 in Simple Solution prizes!)
I’m not taking the chance of running into a mountain lion in the middle of the night!