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Re: Trail Closure: Due to recent Mountain Lion sightings

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avatar Trail Closure: Due to recent Mountain Lion sightings
September 12, 2006 12:05PM
East trail along Ahwahnee Meadow towards Ahwahnee dorm and continuing to the tennis courts and the trail from Church Bowl past the stables to Lower Yosemite Falls are closed until further notice.

avatar Re: Trail Closure: Due to recent Mountain Lion sightings
September 12, 2006 12:42PM
Isn't this overly cautious? What is the history of cougar attacks in Yosemite Valley?

Vince
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avatar Re: Trail Closure: Due to recent Mountain Lion sightings
September 12, 2006 12:44PM
Vince wrote:

> Isn't this overly cautious?

I think it is.

> What is the history of cougar attacks in Yosemite Valley?

I haven't heard of any.

avatar Re: Trail Closure: Due to recent Mountain Lion sightings
September 12, 2006 12:46PM
Here's a list of verified attacks since 1890:

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/news/issues/lion/attacks.html

avatar Re: Trail Closure: Due to recent Mountain Lion sightings
September 12, 2006 12:59PM
Good find, eeek! Kind of proves the point, doesn't it...only two of the listed 15 attacks occurred in the Sierra...and only 15 verified attacks since 1890! I have dozens of pictures of bears, deer, marmots, etc. but not one Mountain Lion yet, I hope someday I can nab a photo of one, hopefully not from the inside looking out!

Thanks,
Vince
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avatar Re: Trail Closure: Due to recent Mountain Lion sightings
September 12, 2006 01:08PM
I've only seen one mountain lion in the wild and that was from my car. I'm sure I've been seen by quite a few though winking smiley

Re: Trail Closure: Due to recent Mountain Lion sightings
September 15, 2006 03:00PM
This pretty preposterous. I would hate to count the number of times I've walked in cougar country, and nobody has ever closed any trails. For what it's worth, I've seen only two cougars in the wild, and as far as I can tell neither had dining designs on me.

I can see letting people know about the sighting and giving the usual good-sense warnings, but closure? Phooey.

Must be the work of a city boy (or girl).





Wilderness forever,
Bruce Jensen
avatar Re: Trail Closure: Due to recent Mountain Lion sightings
September 15, 2006 03:32PM
bpnjensen wrote:

> Must be the work of a city boy (or girl).

More likely it's the work of a lawyer.

avatar Re: Trail Closure: Due to recent Mountain Lion sightings
September 27, 2006 11:23AM
The rangers know of 3 lions that are active in the Valley. So far they are only showing normal mountain lion behavior.

Re: Trail Closure: Due to recent Mountain Lion sightings
October 03, 2006 07:30AM
Isn't the sight of [fresh] mountain lion scat as reliable a sure sign of them in the vicinity as an actual sighting?

I would hardly consider ml scat as scarce, and even on trails.

just wondered ...
avatar Re: Trail Closure: Due to recent Mountain Lion sightings
October 03, 2006 12:37PM
I can't see how fresh scan wouldn't be a sure sign winking smiley

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