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#3323426 - 09/21/09 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 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 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

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#3323532 - 09/21/09 Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: tex_n_cal]  
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#3323546 - 09/21/09 Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: Bigbuck215]  
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Yup............. bigfoot!


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#3323555 - 09/21/09 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 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.
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#3323569 - 09/21/09 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 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 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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#3323694 - 09/21/09 Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: tex_n_cal]  
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They smell just like the Valley lions,

except a bit higher ?

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#3323833 - 09/21/09 Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: crossfireoops]  
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What do mountain lions smell like?

They wrinkle that black thing a little just before they bite you...

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#3323835 - 09/21/09 Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: tex_n_cal]  
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In the shadow of the Kenai Mtn...
They smell like tempurpedic mattresses.


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#3323836 - 09/21/09 Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: BGunn]  
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#3323837 - 09/21/09 Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: tex_n_cal]  
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In the shadow of the Kenai Mtn...
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In any case, a .44 or .45 is indicated on the next trip!

Didn't you have a rifle?


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#3323844 - 09/21/09 Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: ironbender]  
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#3323848 - 09/21/09 Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: las]  
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In the shadow of the Kenai Mtn...
Thanks, buddy!


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#3323877 - 09/22/09 Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: tex_n_cal]  
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Depends, I s'pose.

My dogs, for example, have always had a repertoire of odors, depending on what they'd been eating and what they'd been rolling in or sprayed with. Skunks, alive or rotting, come vividly to mind.

After most baths, they usually smelled like Lifebuoy or Ivory ó occasionally like Palmolive.

Cougars probably don't take many baths, so I can't imagine how they smell.


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#3323885 - 09/22/09 Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: Ken Howell]  
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Late one summer night in 1956, on a logging road 'way back high in the Cabinets, a new-born fawn blocked my way. I stopped, got out of the pick-up, and lifted it onto the high cut bank where Mama Doe was snorting.

I was sorely tempted to keep it, especially after it quit struggling and settled-down in my arms as if it belonged there.

As I scrambled up the cut bank with it, I remembered what I'd so often read ó that when they'd just been born, they had no odor. I thust my schnozz deep into that warm, soft flank and sniffed.

And smelled a very faint, very clean, very pleasant woodsy odor.

Reminded me of when my partner killed a hawk and told me to smell its body feathers ó very faint, pleasant odor ó not the same as the fawn, of course, but very much like it.


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#3323907 - 09/22/09 Re: What do mountain lions smell like? [Re: tex_n_cal]  
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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.

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#3324032 - 09/22/09 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 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 ?

GTC


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


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#3324250 - 09/22/09 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 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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