Chile. Late morning.
It was a cold morning at about -4 degrees. We were trying to spot a mountain lion since sunrise, but the chances of us getting lucky were slim.
All of a sudden my tracker spotted a mountain lion that was walking up the mountain.
We started our trek towards it. After getting close to her, we realized she was not alone; she was with a male mountain lion. She kept on walking higher and higher making our climb even more tedious. When they reached the top of the mountain both of them decided to lay down and sleep. We stopped 25 feet away from them.
The male mountain lion was not too happy with our presence and kept on looking at us every so often. On his 3rd look, I started to look at my exit options just in case.
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I was so focused climbing up in her direction that I never looked down. But when I did for the first time, I realized we were at a 45 degree angle on a Rocky Mountain that was covered with snow and moss, which was about 1000 feet high. One wrong move would land in a fatal fall as there was nothing in between to hold on to. At this point, the only thing to do was look him in the eye and stay calm while she took a nap.
After a long, long nap she decided to get up and pose for me; it was all worth it.
Patients and persistence always pay off.
Black & white Mountain Lion Photos
The Mountain Lion Photos are so difficult to achieve because they are a very elusive animal. They are also known as the panther, cougar, and puma. They are native to the Americas. Its range is from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes of South America, the widest range of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere. The mountain lion is an ambush predator that pursues a wide variety of prey. Primary food sources are deer. It also hunts species as small as insects and rodents. This cat prefers habitats with dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking, but can also live in open areas. The cougar is territorial and survives at low population densities. Individual territory sizes depend on terrain, vegetation, and abundance of prey.
While large, it is not always the apex predator in its range. It is reclusive and mostly avoids people. Fatal attacks on humans are rare but have recently been increasing in North America as more people enter cougar territories. The puma is a unique cat in that it does not have spots, is solitary and cannot roar. That does not make it any less dangerous: It’s a powerful predator with strong hind-legs, capable of massive leaps. This most adaptable of felines thrives on its secrecy and has incredible hearing. Indeed, its stealth makes it a difficult animal to photograph – but the same qualities lend it a certain mystery and beauty.
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This was the first day in Chile. We spotted three mountain lions.
WINDOW TO OUR SOUL
Looking into one’s eyes lets, you read their soul, animal or human.
HIDE & SEEK
I was in the truck when we first spotted this mountain lion.
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