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Cougar, the real kind~ 
18th-Nov-2008 03:36 pm
catwoman: charliemc
On October 30, just after I posted this entry, I was sitting at the stop two blocks from our office, waiting to turn, gazing idly up the hillside road in front of me, which was coated with colored leaves. As I watched, a huge cougar walked slowly across the road and disappeared into the brush, followed by a slightly smaller bobcat.

I was talking to Charlie on the cell phone at the time, and I just started yelling. "There's a cougar! There's a bobcat!"

There were two cars behind me, so I had to turn, but I kept yelling. I was shocked.

Now there have been plenty of cougar sightings in our west hills, but this was two blocks from my office! Admittedly the zoo isn't far from us, but wouldn't they have to announce if a couple big cats were loose and wandering around?

I was practicing my Sarah Palin voice at the time, and I immediately made a joke about being a cougar myself.

Now, considering ths summer I saw a wolf jump out of the brush near the highway and take down some small animal, and just a week later there was a story about how wolves had come back to Oregon, it feels like either I'm having an indian totem type spiritual experience, or the critters are encroaching on my world.

Since I spent much of my childhood as Chico the Misunderstood Coyote, then read and re-read the book Yellow Eyes about a cougar, these sightings are either a natural and fitting experience or an alarming omen.

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18th-Nov-2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
laughs i think that is wonderful!!!!

I personally have the cougar as a totem animal and have come face to face with them in the wild more then once, and in places that are "not wild".

The odd thing about the story is the addition of a bobcat to it, since cougar tends to stay to itself -- are you sure it was not a mom and her young one?

And yes the zoo, should have to report mia animals.

Often a cougar will come down for easier feeding, we see them here more and more and more, and further from the hills.


19th-Nov-2008 12:06 am (UTC)
I agree! The really strange one was the bobcat. It seemed too big for a bobcat, and it was weird to have it following the cougar. It made the experience surreal. But it looked totally different than the cougar, those ears and that cobby body and puffy little nub of a tail.

19th-Nov-2008 12:33 am (UTC)
well ya know the other thing too
is they could be "pets" that were out

that does happen, AND often includes different cats together

laughs we have a gal here with a big cat, and she was on vacation and the sitter "lost the cat"

when the humane society got there lol, thankfully it was a man with some experience and he realized it was not acting like a wild cat, or a rabid one, it was coming "at people" for attention not to get them lol

so he took a deep breath and said here kitty and it came running, thankfully he was right and did not have to pee in his panties LOL

19th-Nov-2008 06:44 am (UTC)
So much of Portland is still WILD -- and we've still got a lot of these animals around here. You wouldn't believe the amount of sightings.

A few years back a neighbor 'lost' a cat (it was old and sick and probably wandered off to die deliberately), and I spent tons of hours for many days all over this immediate area looking for it. It's amazing how much of our immediate area is wild! We've got 'old growth' trees and overgrown alleys with loads of brush. It's no wonder we're always seeing golden eagles and huge raccoons and on and on. Unfortunately, no cougars or bobcats in this area (smile), but lots of wild animals, even so...

We've taken over their natural areas, so it's no wonder they end up here. And as people expand more and more upward into areas that haven't had humans, we have more and more sightings.

Marilyn does seem to have some 'thing' between her and animals (and always has), so who knows?

It's hard to believe in a city as large as Portland that we're still so close to a wilderness area. But we've got some parks right in the heart of the city that foster wild animals, so...
19th-Nov-2008 06:46 am (UTC)
I'm glad you finally blogged this, so you can always remember it. You'd better put some TAG on it, though!

Chico the Misunderstood Coyote. I remember him well...

19th-Nov-2008 08:15 am (UTC)
Whoa! Such an impressive experience!
Nature must love you to send you gifts like that!

19th-Nov-2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's so cool, Chico, I remember him, but I don't think I ever read "Yellow Eyes".

I've heard about sightings around our national forest areas but I've never personally seen a cougar, not that I want to. I'm sure it would pump up the adrenaline.

I would imagine that Oregon is a beautiful state and would provide many photographic opportunities.

Sooo, an indian totem like experience, lol, that sounds interesting.

Let me think . . . have I ever had one of those? I think I might have tried to have one.

22nd-Nov-2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
When I was Chico I used to put a wicker clothes basket in the neighbors hedge and use it as my 'cave.' (I can still hear that voice of the Disney commentator! Someday I'd like to find the thing on a dvd.)

I haven't read Yellow Eyes in a while, but I can still remember some of the passages that captured my imagination, like the cougar's paws padding across a crust of snow and the taste of warm blood when he bit into the neck of a deer. At the end he was treed by dogs, and it was terrifying.

If you see 'Twilight,' you'll get a good feeling for Oregon scenery. A lot of it was filmed here, and the stuff that wasn't still looks like here. Of course Portland is a major metropolitan area, but it's just miles from old growth forest.
22nd-Nov-2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
I have something stupid to ask, but of course it wouldn't be the first time, lol. Is that icon you?

I see a beautiful woman there. I know we're about the same age, I think, but you certainly aged a lot better.
22nd-Nov-2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
No, that icon is the beautiful Angelina Jolie, back when she used to have a little flesh on her bones.

I'm in the default 'hope you dance' icon. That one's from my 50th birthday in Vegas. The most recent of me is this one, with kitty Henry.
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