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Riding with Wildlife

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I went out on Wednesday for a bike ride up Corner Canyon where some of the best trails exist in the state. I love it because I can ride from my garage and catch a singletrack to the network of trails. A few weeks ago the city put out a warning for Cougars. I have been close to one mountain lion in my life and it was up American Fork Canyon at 11:00 at night. I was riding alone back to the car after I had taken a fall and I heard something wrestling in the shrubs when my lights caught the reflection of some eyes in the bushes. I did not know exactly what it was but a few moments later it dashed in front of me as I was riding. I don’t think i was closer than 20 feet, but it sure made me pedal a little faster. On wednesday I had my second mountain lion encounter. I was riding up the bonneville shoreline trail when I saw a deer running uphill about 300 yards away. I looked behind it and saw that a large cat was right behind it. I was not aware that they were that large, I always thought that they were more like large kittens. As soon as I saw it, I turned around and went the other direction. It might be time to strap a blow dart or a spear to my bike for safety reasons. Better yet I should find some friends and start riding in groups.

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Written by Sleepy

March 30, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Posted in Mountain Lions

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