Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My

We’ve had a glorious day’s walk along the Arkansas river today but – sunshine, warm December days and mountain views notwithstanding – signs like these:

Make me quite glad our rural hazards are generally a little tamer.


The other half would like it on the record that he thinks Britain would be vastly improved by the addition of mountain lions.

11 Responses to Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My

  1. Dom says:

    Your other half is right which is why my step father has two in his garden* although in this country we are civilised and call them pumas 🙂

    *He lives on the grounds of a zoo ( )

  2. disgruntled says:

    I think the other half envisages them roaming around freely, savaging people…

  3. Andy in Germany says:

    I remember being told to ‘close all ground floor windows’ in college in Montana one wintery night because ‘A mountain lion was spotted near the campus’
    Not exactly what you want to hear when you’ve go to go to lectures in a different building.

    I’m not sure about lions, but I reckon Wolves would be a great addition to the UK.

  4. WOL says:

    When we encroach on their habitat, as we do continually, it should come as no surprise that they encroach on ours.

  5. Kim says:

    Ah yes, it reminds me of the time I was stalked a jaguar in Peruvian rainforest…

    I was carrying out an eye shine survey of large mammals, didn’t realise what it was until I got back and looked it up in Emmons. Early the same night I had been I had been followed by an Ocelot, I know that because I stood still until it walked up to me, had a close look, then turned around and walked away again…

  6. If we did have mountain lions, lamb would become a luxury item! It’s virtually out of reach of my pocket already… But they are magnificent. As are wolves. Btw it was well worth enlarging your photos to read them fully.

  7. Dom says:

    They’re pretty sure there’s some wild pumas in the UK. Possibly one up by us which could be fun if it’s male and he catches wind of the female at the zoo in heat. I think they’ve managed to survive by not savaging people and thus not bringing attention to themselves. I suspect your other half had greater numbers of free roaming ones in mind though.

  8. disgruntled says:

    Andy – yeah, maybe wolves to start with.
    WOL – definitely, I’m on the side of the lions here. Though I’d fight back (never give up!) if they attacked.
    Kim – now there’s an untoppable tale. Although a friend of ours did encounter a leopard when he was out on foot on his own one afternoon. He reported it was really cool ‘until I lost sight of the leopard. Then it was really frightening’.
    RTC – good point. We need fiercer sheep
    Dom – just wait till one of your pumas mysteriously gets pregnant…

  9. WOL says:

    Wanted to pass along what sounds like a good recipe involving lentils — for the allotment lot:

  10. The Paper Boy says:

    Ok… I give up, where’s the tiger? did the bear eat it? 😀

  11. disgruntled says:

    WOL – cheers
    PB – exactly

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