Mountain Lion Stalking Elk Hunter

The hunters that head into elk country know that these animals inhabit rough country, along with the other wildlife species, such as mountain lions, that live there. There has been a photo circulating around the web of a mountain lion stalking an elk hunter. In the photo, the successful elk hunter apparently is not aware that a mountain lion is standing only a few feet behind him.

Here is the elk hunter’s description of the photo as it was forwarded around the world: “This is freaking scary. As you know I was alone when I downed this bull elk in North Dakota. I was using my camera’s timer attached to my shooting stick to give me enough time to get into the picture. I knew there were a lot of mountain lion sightings in the area but had no idea they would come in this close to people. He had to be within 10 feet of me and I didn’t even know it. I about crapped my pants when I looked at the pictures the next morning and saw he was there.”

So is it true. No! This photo is totally fake. For one, who uses a timer and does not look at their photos afterwords? Duh. Two, the mountain lion (photo #2)  was taken from a photograph snapped during February of 2008 by a wildlife biologist in California. So when someone ask if the mountain lion stalking an elk hunter is real or not, you inform them that the picture is a big fat fake.

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