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    Cougar in heat?

    In the words of the great wordsmythe Dave Barry: “I am not making this up!”
    I hit the trails early for a climb up to Bell pass (from the Fountain Hills side). I was stopped up on Prospector trail near the scenic pulloff, trying to catch my breath, just as the sun was lighting up the McDowells. That is when I heard the most awful noise echoing through the hills. The first squawk sounded like a large hawk, then fell quiet. Then a series of horrible shrieks that sounded very much like a large cat. More specifically, like a large female cat, in heat. I have no idea how the hell I knew that. Probably a memory from some documentary in my past. At any rate, I rode on up to Bell, glancing over my shoulder frequently. Less concern on the cruise back down Windmill to home.
    While I was uploading my GPS data, I remembered the racket in the hills, so I did an absent minded web search, and oh my dear lord do you have any idea what shows up when you search “cougar in heat”?

    Anyway, here is a very cool site that has actual animal sounds. Check out track #13.
    http://www.soundboard.com/sb/Cougar_Puma_Sounds.aspx

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    I'm no expert, but I bet you're right. I know they've been spotted before in that area too. Very cool. Watch your back!

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    This thread is useless without pictures.
    There is a big difference between ripping and skidding.

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    And I thought this was going to be about an overly aggressive wealthy gal in her upper 40's! HA! The sound big cats make isn't what I thought it would be when I first heard one. It's kind of a high pitch nasal whine, kind of like a screaming baby deer. Damn good story, thanks.

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    I was riding up the little climb (at the midpoint of Prospector on the way up to Bell Jct) when I looked down and saw the severed leg of a deer. This is a heads down, fairly steep climb, so I didn't really have time to process what I saw until I was past it. I got to the top, and quickly turned around and headed out! This was earlier this year (April). You might know the climb, it is past the "scenic pull-off" you speak of, actually at the opening just before the climb up to the jct, trail off to the right. Just a little extra climb to the top of the hill that, you guessed, looks down on the pull-off and towards Fountain Hills and Dixie Mine. Lovely...
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    though last year someone was posting pics of some lynx or bobcat that they had in their back yard around that area?
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    Darn! I was hoping for a OT thread on hot human Cougars in heat.

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    Man to find cougars in heat all you gotta do is go to Scottsdale...I see them all the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by kensellu
    Man to find cougars in heat all you gotta do is go to Scottsdale...I see them all the time
    I know they are everywhere. I was just hoping for a good story and pics. Please post your cougar pics. A thread is nothing with out pictures.

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    I promise it wasn't me!! I wasn't making any weird noises or throwing myself at bikers on the trail

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    Danger!


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    wonder if the fires in Flag have moved a few cats down here? Are there cougar up in Flag?

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