Cougars are Curious

Photo by Verena Vomastic

Photo by Verena Vomastic

Like all cats, cou­gars are curi­ous. They’re attrac­ted to move­ments, noises and objects they haven’t seen before. But a curi­ous cou­gar can quickly become a dan­ger­ous one if some­thing trig­gers its chase and kill instinct.

The most com­mon trig­gers are quick, errat­ic actions such as jog­ging or chil­dren play­ing, high-pitched, prey-like sounds or an anim­al or per­son appear­ing vul­ner­able because they are alone, seem injured or are small, which includes crouch­ing or squat­ting.

The young adult cou­gar shown here was pho­to­graphed star­ing in a Manitou Springs, Colorado home. At one point the cat stood up and put its paws on the win­dow and the own­ers wor­ried the glass would break.

Luckily, the cou­gar decided it had seen enough and sauntered away. And tracks in the snow revealed that it wasn’t trav­el­ling alone. The size of the paw prints indic­ated it was accom­pan­ied by its moth­er and a sib­ling.


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2 Responses to Cougars are Curious

  1. Wendy Morlok (Knapp) says:

    Very proud of you Paula, I am also proud to say you helped raise me. I love to boast about the books you have writ­ten. You helped me pass grade 12 eng­lish, I’ll nev­er for­get. I hope all your books give joy to the people who read them.

    • Paula says:

      Dear Wendy,

      How very sweet, thanks so much! I do remem­ber help­ing you with that grade 12 English course — it was a chal­lenge for both of us!

      Can’t wait to see you in Nanaimo!

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