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#3324032 - 09/22/09 05:27 AM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: tex_n_cal]
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Originally Posted By: tex_n_cal
This past Saturday I have an area staked out in the Sierras, up about 8200 foot elevation. I'm hiding in some boulders watching an area of part clearing, part redwoods, and about 4:30pm or so I hear behind me some sounds of small rocks getting kicked around, then they fade away quickly. I turn slowly, hoping to see a deer, but see nothing. About half a minute or so later, I catch a strong scent, that I would describe as a little like manure, but musky as well. I don't ever recall smelling it before.

I recall hearing that the male lions tend to be pretty smelly critters, spraying urine and scent onto their hindquarters to mark territory. One friend I asked, who has more woods time than I do, thought it also may have been a bear. Both are found in that area. If it was a lion, no harm done, he cleared out as soon as he knew I was there. In any case, a .44 or .45 is indicated on the next trip!



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#3324165 - 09/22/09 06:35 AM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: crossfireoops]
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Originally Posted By: crossfireoops
They smell just like the Valley lions,

except a bit higher ?

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More than likely it was a Detroit Lion. They really stink.
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#3324250 - 09/22/09 07:12 AM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: Grizzly_Bill]
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Originally Posted By: Grizzly_Bill

More than likely it was a Detroit Lion. They really stink.


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#3324334 - 09/22/09 07:46 AM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: tex_n_cal]
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Smell just like your stinking house cat pee.
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#3324357 - 09/22/09 07:54 AM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: Hubert]
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That was no mountian lion, that was El Chupacabra!!!

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#3324764 - 09/22/09 10:59 AM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: Birdwatcher]
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Originally Posted By: Birdwatcher
I counted birds for some years on an army base that was known to habor a lion or two. On maybe two or three occasions in ten years I came across what seemed to me to be lion odors. Once associated with a dead raccoon backed into a hole with four long parallel gouges down its side, and once where my wife and I had heard guttural growling from not far off the night before.

Ya ever go to the big cat house at the zoo? A real heavy musky smell, definitly cat-like.

Birdwatcher


It's been many years since I went to a zoo with an enclosed big cat house, but yes I remember them being pretty odorous. In my incident there was no ammonia smell like you get with a neglected litter box. Also, I did find what looked like lion scats, about a 1/2 mile from the spot, with deer hair in them.

Yes I did have a .308 bolt action with me, but in the unlikely event I tangle with one, a big bore pistol seems like it would be more practical at close range, since you can work it with one hand.

Maybe next trip I'll also take some Jack Links, and make friends with a Sasquatch grin
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#3324767 - 09/22/09 11:01 AM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: tzone]
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Originally Posted By: tzone
Originally Posted By: Grizzly_Bill

More than likely it was a Detroit Lion. They really stink.


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#3324822 - 09/22/09 11:22 AM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: ironbender]
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Mtn. Lions smell like Mtn. Lions...What else would they smell like>
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#3324940 - 09/22/09 12:09 PM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: sgt217]
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There is a reason they call them "Pusey Cats"


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#3324985 - 09/22/09 12:25 PM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: crossfireoops]
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Originally Posted By: crossfireoops
They smell just like the Valley lions,

except a bit higher ?

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There for a minute I thought you were going to say the Detroit Lions.

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