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#3323426 - 09/21/09 07:41 PM What do mountain lions smell like?
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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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#3323521 - 09/21/09 08:12 PM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: tex_n_cal]
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Cats don't have a lot of smell until you poke a hole in em. Coyotes are bad enough, but there's something about decomposing deer meat, that will gag ya.
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#3323528 - 09/21/09 08:14 PM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: watch4bear]
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maybe the skunk ape left fla. and went out west for a little r&r


Edited by stxhunter (09/21/09 08:14 PM)
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#3323532 - 09/21/09 08:15 PM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: tex_n_cal]
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You almost got to see a real live BIGFOOT!
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#3323546 - 09/21/09 08:24 PM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: Bigbuck215]
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Yup............. bigfoot!

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#3323555 - 09/21/09 08:28 PM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: eh76]
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Most cougars I've smelled - they smelled like White Diamonds and baby powder but you describe something else...
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#3323560 - 09/21/09 08:30 PM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: eh76]
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Nope! couldn't be bigfoot..I seen her at the Tamarack in Conconully,Wa this past weekend.
probley 6'2" 320-350lbs with yuck written all over it


Edited by coyotewallace (09/21/09 10:20 PM)

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#3323569 - 09/21/09 08:34 PM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: teal]
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Elk have a musky-manure smell. Mountain Lions have a musky-cat smell.

It dose not sound like a lion to sneak up to you just to mark it's spot, their a little more shy then that.
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#3323672 - 09/21/09 09:24 PM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: K_Salonek]
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Could have been Lindsay Lohan
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#3323687 - 09/21/09 09:29 PM Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: Doc4570]
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Originally Posted By: Doc4570

Could have been Lindsay Lohan


ewww...I'd rather deal with a lion
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