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Mountain Lion Close Encounter

This image is stolen from the net. Last night, while camping at Alder Creek Campground above Truckee California, I was about to get up and walk to the camp bathroom, when I heard a strange sound. Next second, a BIG mountain lion walked so close to my tent that it brushed against the fabric. There was a light across the way so there was a perfect silhouette of the monster moving around my tent towards the absurdly thin mosquito netting at my head. I had about a second to decide whether to let him scare me or scare him first. So I made a rather awkward convulsive motion and grunted. He jumped away from the tent and let out a half truncated growl (still very scary) and ran down toward the stream. My third encounter with these solo travelers… a little too close this time.

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