“I’ll still be telling this story in 30 years to my grand-babies.”
Ryan Headlee, a hunter who hails from British Columbia, Canada, witnessed a rare and incredible sight the evening of Nov. 4. Not only did he spot a mountain lion, which in itself is something that seldom happens, but he had the opportunity to watch in amazement as it pounced on an unsuspecting doe.
Most of us know mountain lions are solitary and secretive animals. We know they’re out there, but most most outdoor folks will tell they’re akin to the proverbial “needle in a haystack.” Most sightings are purely by luck.
Here’s the story behind Ryan’s amazing interaction, as written in his Facebook post:
“I’ll still be telling this story in 30 years to my grand-babies. Bitter cold November day today. I was out hunting with my buddy earlier this morning. He had to bail for family matters, so I took the long way home to scope out some new territory (and undeniably, to test out my new truck). I got real lost in the mess of forest service roads and snow north of Kamloops Lake. I was hoping to catch my wife by phone before she started making dinner to see if she wanted to go out. Finally got ahold of her around 5pm after I passed Tranquille on the way back to Kamloops. Was talking to her on the Bluetooth, when I noticed 6 does on the side of the road. I got pretty close in the truck and was just checking them out when, all of a sudden, this mountain lion jumps out of the bush next to me with a loud snarl, and takes down a doe, throwing her to the road! I scrambled for my phone to take a video, but all I could muster was a few pictures. The lion drug the deer off the road in the blink of an eye and was about 12’ over a little cliff from me. I watched the deer expire and I locked eyes with the cougar for a few minutes until a passing car scared him off. What a feeling to witness such a rare event! The explosive power of this cougar really surprised me! This is life in BC.”
That’s going to be a hard one to top, Ryan! Simply incredible.
Thanks for sharing your story!
Images Courtesy of Ryan Headlee/Facebook.
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