Looking at everyones photos especially Q's it becomes glaringly apparent that even though I enjoy getting out and taking pictures, I'll never be a photographer of any note. Additionally I have come to the realization that I better get some darn good stories to go with my silly snapshots!
To that end here are two very poor pictures and a good story... LOL
Several weeks ago a bit of trauma unfolded across the street from my home in the quiet little West Coast fishing village where I live. Several of my neighbors had spotted 3 cougars boldly casing the neighborhood for stray cats, small dogs and young children! And all in broad daylight!
Needless to say the C.O. (Conservation Officer), the Police and the fellow with the cougar hounds were called to attend to the situation. By the time they got here the sun had set and they found themselves working in the dark. So for about two hours the cougars, hound dogs, and guys with guns all played cat and mouse in and around the neighborhood.
What I found interesting while watching the whole fiasco from my porch was that the big cats didn't leave the area when the men and dogs showed up and for the most part the cougars were following (stalking) the men and dogs rather than the other way around! Eventually the dogs managed to tree one of the cougars. But rather than kill the treed cat the C.O. shot a number of "bear scare" rounds (big loud bangs) near the treed cat and into the nearby woods before packing up and leaving for the night.
Before they left I asked the Police Officer what the reasoning was for bear scares rather than bullets. He told me it was to see if the cougars would leave on their own rather than having to be destroyed. Sure enough next morning no cougars and no sign of them since!