Raining real hard.I fished upstream for some distance before calling it quits.I was getting very wet and cold and not a little bit upset at not having caught a fish.
Decided to head back along the river bluff where the timber meets the river shore to search for shed antlers.As I walked around the corner of a steep rocky bluff I heard a noise.Turned around in time to see my dog Libby stopping and turning and then a cougar hot on her heels.Oh man here it goes dog is going to get killed by that cat.The only protection I had with me is a longer DPknives Damascus blade in the pack.Shugged out of the pack to get the knife.
In the meantime the pair-predator and prey moved off.Libby running a short distance,turning to face the charging cat.Then dodging and weaving to keep out of harms way believe me when I tell you she was busy.By this time I realized wasnt going to need the knife so pulled the camera out,turned it on.Dog and cat had moved off.Libby doing her best at evasion ,the cat its best at securing groceries!
The pair some distance off
After 6-7 unsuccessful attempts the cougar headed for the timber with the dog hot on its heels.Im here to tell you that they can really move.They disappeared into the timber.Libby came back to me no more than a minute later.I knew then that the cougar had treed
When I went down that way and found the fresh tracks,looked up and there it was not very high up a hemlock
I hung around for a bit trying to get a decent photo,which I didnt took around 50
Last I saw of it
Pretty cool encounter Im thinking,too bad the camera wasnt working-I somehow had turned off the zoom and a poor light setting was on.All operator owner faults
Im thinking the dog had my back.
Libby -taken last week
My DPKnives blade
Thanks for looking