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  •  My brother works for NPS in Grand Canyon (5+ / 0-)

    Visited him last week. I've been trying to respect the boycott on visiting AZ, but I had a work assignment in AZ, and, well, it feels like coming home to feel the Colorado Plateau under my feet.  Boycott or no, sometimes you gotta get out and walk.

    He's quite the naturalist (all of us are in my family) so we went hiking on one of the more remote parts of the south rim near where he's found a mountain lion scratching tree.  (Lions scratch to mark territory - they piss and spray too, but scratching is one way of leaving a scent trail). He couldn't find the exact location, but we did come across some tracks:

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    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 12:18:29 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the posting and info. . . (5+ / 0-)

      ivorybill. I take it you were on the South Rim, your brother works there, and this puma is, I think, a juvenile. I used to track these big cats (only for the sake of photos and sharing the adventure with the more hardy Elderhostel folks in my entourage. The last time I checked there were thee, and maybe four, pumas on the South Rim. (They have an amazing 100 to 120-mile hunting area specificity by nature.) And four or five years ago I had a private client on BA, maybe around 9 in the morning, and I think 8 or 9 switchbacks down from the rim. Well, all of a sudden a puma struts right across the trail, in front of us, maybe 10 feet away, glanced at us, then worked his way (I could see it was a male) down the other side of the switchback, as if to say, "Hey!" The client was from Australia and he had never seen a puma before. He was astonished (I was triply so) to see one so close and asked if it was typical seeing such big cats in the canyon (or on the rim). I told him it was likely a million-to-one chance we got to see the cat that close. Apparently, it was after one of the mule deer. Your photos brought up all those memories, and more, and I do thank you for the kindness of sharing same and your comments.

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      by richholtzin on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 02:33:15 PM PDT

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