If Momma’s hoppy everybody’s hoppy
Tuesday July 09th 2024, 9:13 pm
Filed under: Wildlife

Someone up in the hills posted a video on Nextdoor of a mountain lion coming up the driveway at night; she had already been watching it carrying a deer for a half mile up the steep hill before it came in view of her Ring.

It had had to stop and catch its breath a few times.

Then mama lion found herself stuck with a wrought-iron fence between her and her cubs another half mile up an even steeper part of the hill. She checked: yes it was on both sides of the driveway she’d just come up. Rats. (The house was next to an open space preserve. I imagine dragging the deer up the driveway was easier than through thorny scrub–until it wasn’t.)

She paced a bit, triggered bright lights that direction, looks like she growled a little, decided it had to be done, and then with the lightness of a ballerina leaped clear over the six foot fence. While carrying an entire deer held high enough that it sailed above it too.

The poster then watched her continue on that long climb to her den to feed her kits.

She noted that no, those weren’t insects flitting across the front of the camera–those were bats.

She ended with the thought that you might want to keep your pets inside at night.

Link to video here, if you want to see it.

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You do what you have to to feed the babies, I guess!

Comment by ccr in MA 07.10.24 @ 5:39 am

Wow! Yes, mamas are determined. Hope that was enough for her and the cubs and she got some rest after that.

Comment by DebbieR 07.10.24 @ 3:59 pm

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