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Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

One of the people who are up early enough to see my go running in the morning, came down to the bank and told me that one of the spots I go to has had a cougar spotted in the ditch next to the road that I run on. The family living nearby have sheep and have lost several animals. She cautioned me not to go that way anymore.

Later in the afternoon at the grocery store, I ran in to the woman who lives on that farm. She confirmed the story, and told me that they had lost 17 sheep so far. They've had the Conservation Officer out to try and get it stopped. He said that besides the cougar, there are signs of at least two bears coming to clean up on what the cougar isn't eating.

So there goes that route! I won't run it anymore. I've had one encounter with a mama bear with a cub nearby, and I never want to do that again.

But it isn't really a loss. With the days getting shorter, I've been starting out in the semi-dusk lately. It's about time to give up the rural roads for the streets in town. I won't run the roads in the dark. Streets are different - for one thing, there are streetlights, so it isn't totally dark, and for another reason the vehicles are travelling at a speed that is much slower.

So I guess it's another sign that summer is coming to an end. Pretty soon I'll be heading out in total darkness again, and forced to wear the reflective vest. I've already had it on a couple of times in the early mornings. Just one more layer I'd rather do without!

(if the title of my blog was "Cougars and Bears, oh my!" would it sound as cool???
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  • v AMEG35
    Its a differnet world. My most wild encounter was a fox who tried to stare me out!!!!
    2482 days ago
    Oh my indeed! I stumbled across your blog via Kayakid and have to say I'm VERY relieved I don't have to factor ferocious beasties into my daily activities! The only things I encounter are squirrels and ducks...although you never can be too careful! Haha. Stay safe and enjoy your urban running routes for a while!
    2484 days ago
    Oh My, is right!! I thought I had it bad having to put up with the occasional dogs but a cougar?!?!
    Stay alert!
    2484 days ago

    All I have to watch for is the occasional crazy person.
    2484 days ago
    Hi there,
    in England we don't have anything like this at all. You are a wonderful encouragement, thank you for your blog, and the beautiful scenes.
    Have a blessed day, whatever you do, emoticon
    2484 days ago
    Oh My!!!!! I have never encountered a bear or cougar on a run. I have encountered about every other animal - the skunk was the most interesting. I ran very fast the other way!.LOL that wouldn't work too good for the bear though. the other day a chased a deer down a trail for about 100 feet it was kindof fun. Fall is coming and need to change our running routes for me its because of safety. good luck Judy!

    2485 days ago
    I admire your dedication an flexibility. For many bears and darkness would be a great excuse to call it quits... but you keep on keeping on. I am impressed.
    2485 days ago
  • v AUNTIE65
    Stay safe! I just learned that our bear is back in the hood... I'm guessing he never left but he's been ravaging the pear trees across the street!

    Here's to no wildlife sightings on your next run!
    2485 days ago
  • v DOGMOM9914
    Stay safe Cassie - we like having you around!!!
    2485 days ago
  • v COOPSM
    Wow Cassie----you are a smart girl!!! Didn't realize how close to nature you lived.....glad to see you play the safe card....
    2485 days ago
    Sounds like you are not only listening to your gut, but to warnings from others. No need to risk your life to improve your health...

    Yes, summer is drawing to a close. This is the first year in many that I want it to stay a little longer. The pool is so nice when the weather is HOT! Soon, back to walking, and digging out the bikes. Lots of SAFE paved trails through wooded areas that get lots of use around here. emoticon
    2485 days ago
    You've made a good choice to let the meat eating animals have that area. Cats love the chase and momma bears will protect their young and show them the ropes for survival. emoticon emoticon emoticon Stay safe! emoticon emoticon
    2485 days ago
    My, you *do* have a short summer, don't you??
    Do you run w/ bear spray? We got some in the Rockies. I think it's way cool. But I suppose it would flop around if you ran w/ it...
    2485 days ago
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