We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I live in the woods on the edge of a huge national forest. We see mountain line tracks all the time. I always look before I go outside. But even then I'm hoping that these guys are gonna be more afraid of me then I am of them. The winter is the worst time because they are hungry and will come through nieghborhoods looking for food/pets.
GWTW ... Just don't turn your back on those beautiful creatures. They like to spring on your back from above and take a kill-bite on your neck. You can do what naturalists are advised to do with bears, polar and otherwise. Undo the buttons on your parka and spread the sides as wide as possible, to give yourself a bigger outline.
Or you could carry a sidearm like Rick Perry. That'll work.
Details the killing of the first human by a mountain lion in Boulder CO. The history of the interaction between Man and Lion over the last hundred years and how we are actively luring these killers into our urban areas and acclimating them to look upon man as a prey animal.
The description of how these animals feed on their prey permanently removed any impulse I might have had to pet them.
And a .38 caliber round would do as much or more damage to a 90 pound cat as it would to a man. But hollow points are recommended.
My friend Doug is trying to persuade me to move out west, but not Boulder. Since I enjoy photography he figures I'd be happy with all the scenery to shot. I don't know about being that far from the ocean.
Double checked on the book and a few on-line sources, they say the puma tops out at 165 lbs. I mentioned 90 lbs. above after looking at the photo BD selected for the post. Based on the likely height of the tire and the cats standing next to it, I'd still guess 90 lbs..
Of course in person it could be much larger, I had a shark swim by once when I was diving. That shark was fifty feet long and took 3 minutes to pass by. Or so it seemed. ;-}