A Yellowstone National Park tour guide stumbles upon an amazing moment between hunters and hunters and captures the amazing event.
Andrea Barratt, a Guide with Yellowstone Adventure ToursHe posted the video on his Instagram account on April 10.
Set to a cinematic soundtrack, the video shows a mountain lion sleeping under a large tree as a bull elk approaches. Both animals notice each other – Watch the mountain lion squint as it approaches, then lift its head to peer through the tree branches in the direction of the cougar.
“Wow, what a day!” Barat wrote in the video caption. “I’m still speechless.”
Barratt said he heard that a mountain lion had hunted a bighorn sheep the day before and felt sure it would be too late to see anything until he got to the area. “It was very wrong,” he said in a statement.
“The mountain lion had a full stomach and was dozing off as this bullock approached,” Barathe said. “They both knew each other. The cat showed no interest. “
A caption on the video reads: “The encounter ended peacefully.”
It’s very. Rare to see mountain lions In Yellowstone, according to the National Park Service. In the early 20th century, poaching campaigns nearly wiped out mountain lions; But the cryptic species survive their preference for rocky and rugged terrain where the cats are difficult to track.
In the year They retreated in the early 1980s, and today there are between 34 and 42 in Yellowstone’s northern range, although they are “rarely seen,” the park service said.
People who watched the video looked incredulous as Barathe talked about the rare interaction.
“What an incredible shot! Thanks for sharing,” one person said.
“They avoid eye contact. Good manners,” joked another.
Another asked if a mountain lion would follow its prey as much as a jackal.
“It must be a big, strong cat,” answered Barat. “It’s definitely possible though.”
“There’s a lesson here,” said another. “Just take what you want.”
What to do if you see a mountain lion
According to the National Park Service, mountain lions are typically “calm, quiet, and unremarkable.” While Attacks involving mountain lions They are rare, possible.
“However, the likelihood of being killed or injured by a mountain lion is very low compared to many other natural hazards,” the National Park Service said on its website. “For example, the risk of being killed by a wallaby in a car accident is greater than that of being attacked by a mountain lion.”
Officials say there are some things you can do to prevent a mountain lion attack.
Keep calm and come back slowly.
Stand straight facing the lion.
Do not approach a mountain lion, especially if it is with cats.
Don’t run. It can stimulate the feeling of chasing a mountain lion.
Choose small children so they don’t panic or run away.
Do not crouch or stoop.
Throw things at the mountain lion if he keeps walking towards you.
If the mountain lion attacks, fight back using whatever is around you.
Report all sightings, encounters or attacks to local park rangers or law enforcement.
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