This video is a great reminder to expect the unexpected when pulling off the road in the backcountry of Idaho.
Mountain lions are fairly common in the backcountry of Idaho, but actually seeing one is a rare treat. Fish and Game conservation officer Rob Howe got an up-close and personal view of one when he least expected it.
While doing some field patrol work near Victor, in East Idaho, Howe reached for his cell phone to call a colleague for directions. With cell reception spotty, he pulled off the road to hear better. It was then that he saw it.
“My God, it’s a mountain lion!”
Here’s the incredible footage Howe recorded:
In a press release provided by the Idaho Fish and Game, Howe said he had previously seen mountain lions caught in traps or treed by hunters, but never one walking casually through it’s territory.
“I don’t expect that to happen again. It’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” he said. “Chalk it up to bad cell coverage.”
A photographer also recently had a close encounter with a mountain lion and filmed some incredible footage. You can see that story here.