I received the following e-mail on Monday, July 21, and answered it on Wednesday when I got back to work from my vacation.
I saw this wild cat on a drive out of the Pennacles Park outside of Hollister yesterday afternoon. I’m not sure what it is and a co-worker told me to e-mail these photos to you. If you can, would you answer back with what you think it is? I am very curious. By the way, it had a long tail.
Nancy Eagen, cyberspace
It looks like a young mountain lion. From my past experience with raising mountain lions, I’d guess this cat weighs about 60 pounds and is approximately the size of a German shepherd dog. Maybe six months old. Great photos! Talk about luck!
Do you mind if I use these photos in my on-line blog? If it’s OK, how would you like me to credit you for the photos? Thanks for sharing this! /Gary
That’s what I thought it was. A young mountain lion. My first time seeing one.
Please use it if you like. Unfortunately I didn’t take the photo. My boyfriend, Mike Connelly of San Lorenzo was quicker and grabbed my camera (Canon Rebel XTI with Canon 70-250 Image Stabilizer Lens) and jumped out of the car to take the photos. So he is actually the photographer.
We saw the mountain lion run across the road outside of the Pennacles National Park on Sunday, July 20. Then it stopped and just stared at us, giving Mike enough time to take the photos. We were also able to see the California condors on our hike that day (Bear Gulch Trail), though at a distance.
It’s very rare for anyone to EVER even see a mountain lion in the wild. Being able to take a couple of photos of the big cat is even more amazing. Now that’s what I call luck!
Enjoy these photos everyone. This is special. /Gary