Seven sightings of mountain lions in ...

Seven sightings of mountain lions in Marin reported since July

There are 98 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Sep 24, 2010, titled Seven sightings of mountain lions in Marin reported since July. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

The sighting of a mountain lion a few blocks from San Anselmo Town Hall last Saturday night wasn't the first time this year Marin residents have reported seeing a cougar.

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Drake Dad

San Rafael, CA

#21 Sep 25, 2010
I've noticed fewer deers this year in San Anselmo, but lots of howling at night from coyotes. Lots more coyotes or wolves than previous years. Until recently coyotes were rarely heard. Are the lions and coyotes after the same prey?
DZinMarin

San Rafael, CA

#22 Sep 25, 2010
Drake Dad wrote:
I've noticed fewer deers this year in San Anselmo, but lots of howling at night from coyotes. Lots more coyotes or wolves than previous years. Until recently coyotes were rarely heard. Are the lions and coyotes after the same prey?
In short, yes there is overlap in the prey items the 2 predators hunt. For the most part the catamounts will go for the larger animals such as deer, and yotes will primarily go for things like rabbits and other rodents. I have also noticed and increase in coyote/lion activity in recent history. Coyotes have moved out of my area recently, however...I guess they headed over closer to San Anselmo.
Batman

San Rafael, CA

#23 Sep 25, 2010
Its getting darker earlier
And its still warm out
And after the summer big kitty has munched on all the low hanging fruit
And a full moon
Brings them and coyotes out
Have never heard them closer and louder than Wed night with the full moon in Sun Valley
Loud enough to be out on the street corner as early as 8:30
Meanwhile my kitties napped safely inside totally indifferent

My sense is they are using the creek canals as migratory corridors
Captain Gort

Courtland, CA

#24 Sep 25, 2010
Hey Man....if you want to live in a lovely, natural, woodsy area like Marin, better get used to this. It makes it all more authentic. Bears will be next!
Otherwise...move to Oakland, San Leandro, et al.........
Captain Gort

Courtland, CA

#25 Sep 25, 2010
We have deer coming out of our ears in Corte Madera.
They walk along with us on the street...virtually domesticated, like house dogs. And wild turkeys, too.
Batman

San Rafael, CA

#26 Sep 25, 2010
speaking of cougars
anyone know where the Kat Wilder blog went?
Scary

East Chicago, IN

#27 Sep 25, 2010
This scares the crap out of me.
November Alexis

Sausalito, CA

#28 Sep 25, 2010
I appreciate the tone of the article...which was to not panic or exaggerate the situation and to respect and learn to live with the fact that WE LIVE IN THE TERRITORY OF WILD ANIMALS.....NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND! I also appreciate the meetings educating people on how to coexist with wildlife! SO important. Keep doing them. Would love to go to one myself and bring lots of people!
November Alexis

Sausalito, CA

#29 Sep 25, 2010
Captain Gort wrote:
Hey Man....if you want to live in a lovely, natural, woodsy area like Marin, better get used to this. It makes it all more authentic. Bears will be next!
Otherwise...move to Oakland, San Leandro, et al.........
Lol. Right on!
Kevin

Ross, CA

#30 Sep 25, 2010
Pot Smoking Moronite wrote:
Cougars in the 80's were known to be sighted at Baxter's, The Cantina, and the 2am Club. Since then, it's just not the same.
Don't forget the Silver Peso! Never enough cougars at the Duce back in the day. Talk about Sports!
Kevin

Ross, CA

#31 Sep 25, 2010
Drake Dad wrote:
I've noticed fewer deers this year in San Anselmo, but lots of howling at night from coyotes. Lots more coyotes or wolves than previous years. Until recently coyotes were rarely heard. Are the lions and coyotes after the same prey?
The only wolves in California are stalking cougars at bars. The 4 legged wolves are extinct in CA along with the Grizzly Bear.

This year there are a lot fewer deer around my area too. I noticed turkeys showed up, followed by the coyotes. I'm sure fawns are on the coyote menu. I'd guess SUV's are still the #1 deer predator in Marin.

I've only seen one mtn lion in Marin, about 20 years ago, on Coyote Ridge in Tennessee Valley.(About the size of a german shepard, had a snout, and a tail.) It saw me and ran away. Not a mtn biker fan I guess.
freaks

San Anselmo, CA

#32 Sep 25, 2010
Pot Smoking Moronite wrote:
Cougars in the 80's were known to be sighted at Baxter's, The Cantina, and the 2am Club. Since then, it's just not the same.
since Noonan's closed, the cougars have taken their pack to Maranitas.
Curious

Beverly Hills, CA

#33 Sep 25, 2010
Well, we could send in the sheriff's office to deal with this matter should a child be hurt but then again, you are looking at overtime! After all, it is in Open Space area. I hope no one gets hurt.
More Cougars Please

Greenbrae, CA

#34 Sep 25, 2010
This is not a problem. No need to be afraid. Cougars have always been a natural part of our surroundings and provide a necessary balance. The whole point of living next to open space is to be closer to the wildlife!
steph

San Anselmo, CA

#35 Sep 25, 2010
about 10 years ago, i saw a mountain lion on Worn Springs Rd., about 1/4 of the way up Mt. Baldi. he/she was such a sexy animal, just swaggering across the fire road. i musta been down wind from it because he didn't pick up on my scent. i watched for a sec, then slowly backed away.....kinda exciting and scary. just how i like it.
Roberto

San Rafael, CA

#36 Sep 25, 2010
Thank god this isn't San Francisco, otherwise we'd have a Cougars Advocate 'non-profit' group already forming, and paying a few unemployable liberal-arts majors big management salaries out of your taxes.
Count chocula

San Rafael, CA

#37 Sep 25, 2010
"Seven sightings of mountain lion..."

It is highly plausible that the same lion has been seen seven times. Even if seven separate individual lions have been seen in the past few months, that is not a lot of lion sightings. Lion population is so low that most people will never see one in nature during their lifetime. It's more probable to see a unicorn. Especially with the amount of pharmaceuticals the pharmaceutical industry is pumping into the populous.
Count chocula

San Rafael, CA

#38 Sep 25, 2010
Roberto wrote:
...
I think you are too liberal with you fear of liberals. You should open your eyes to other schools of thought. Play your own personal devils advocate once in awhile. You know, for shifts and giggles.
Roberto

San Rafael, CA

#39 Sep 25, 2010
Count chocula wrote:
<quoted text>
I think you are too liberal with you fear of liberals. You should open your eyes to other schools of thought. Play your own personal devils advocate once in awhile. You know, for shifts and giggles.
Hmmm, I guess I struck a nerve...
Count chocula

San Rafael, CA

#40 Sep 25, 2010
Roberto wrote:
<quoted text>
Hmmm, I guess I struck a nerve...
Because I responded to you? LOL
In the future if you do not want a response, may I suggest not posting in the first place?

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