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Mountain Lions In New Hampshire — Another New Spate Of Recent Sightings.

by Anura Guruge


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There have been sightings in New Hampshire for years. But, we do not have any good credible pictures — which seems strange with all the trail cameras that folks have set up and the now ubiquitous phone/cameras that everybody (bar I) carry.

In 2013 there was talk that a mountain lion could be roaming OUR neighborhood. I myself had seen something BIG cross the road — albeit from a distance. Check out this post.

There is nothing to say that mountain lions have not come back to New Hampshire. They used to be here and they can thrive in NH again as long as they do not get hunted into extinction again.

Interesting.

Oh, for that one definitive photo.


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The Two Spectacular Mountain Lions At The ‘Squam Lake Science Center’.

by Anura Guruge


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I am terribly conflicted when it comes to captive animals, especially gorgeous specimens such as these two, fully mature Mountain Lions. While I fully appreciate that we would never get to enjoy animals such as these if not for captivity, it distresses me, much, that we are in essence keeping them prisoners without giving them a choice or chance. To me, it is like slavery!

We have seen these two mountain lions since they were BABY cubs! That must have been about 8 or 9 years ago. We somehow got invited to an evening reception to welcome these to cubs that had been acquired from ‘the Rockies’. They were little. No bigger than a small dog. And now … Fully grown and so majestic and graceful. I just hope that they are happy.

Seeing these Mountain Lions is always the highlight of my visit to the Science Center. I am awe of them. Such beautiful animals.

Definitely worth going to see. Enjoy.


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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans — May 13, 2018: Squam Lake Science Center.

by Anura Guruge


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Polar Vortex Above Central New Hampshire, Or NO Vortex, I Went Running In ~5F Temps. Yesterday & Today.

Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, N.H. ~9:40 am today: frigid but sun beating down with blue skies.

Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, N.H. ~9:40 am today: frigid but sun beating down with blue skies. Click to ENLARGE.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Up until yesterday I had not done my ‘daily’ 2.5 mile slog up Prospect Mountain Road, huffing and puffing, grunting and snorting, wearing my 5 pounds of wrist weights, with the two dogs, this year.

On the days I was supposed to be running, per my ‘3 days on, 1 day off’ schedule (which gives me 6 running days a week, i.e., every 7 days), I had been shoveling snow. I have a perfectly dry, full-width, totally black — with no ice at all — drive as testament. That is the deal in the winter. At least 1 hour of shoveling in lieu of the run.

Though the dogs come and frolic around while I shovel, and I invariably take them for a walk after I have finished shovelling, they miss their run. So yesterday I decided to go for our run though it was cold.

This is said to be THE place where the Mountain Lion crosses Prospect Mountain Road. The dogs are checking it out. There is definitely something that makes them curious at that spot -- and has for over 9 months!

This is said to be THE place where the Mountain Lion crosses Prospect Mountain Road. The dogs are checking it out. There is definitely something that makes them curious at that spot — and has for over 9 months! Click to ENLARGE.

About a decade ago I set myself a 5° F (-15° C) threshold for running. I wouldn’t run if it was BELOW 5° F. I used to run when it was below that and it wasn’t much fun. Biggest issue that I found was that my tears froze in my eyes and I had to be very careful to make sure that my ‘pee-pee’ didn’t get frostbite!

This morning it was borderline. Some thermometers said 3° F and others 5° F. I decided to brave it. Despite the dire predictions by one doctors as to my ever frail health I tend to be, in my own mind (foolishly, no doubt), quite hardy. I slogged it up. It wasn’t that bad. Have to be careful of slipping. Over the ’30’ years I have been running in NH I have kind of worked out how to cope with dirt roads in winter. I know what surfaces give me the best traction.

It is actually quite beautiful out there.

The cold is keeping the cars away. On average I see about 3 vehicles during my 45 minutes of labour. Yesterday I saw 1. Today I saw 2. So it is very peaceful.

I keep on checking for Mountain Lion tracks. None that I can see. The dogs, as ever, as you can see in the picture, showed atypical interest when we got to the ‘swamp’ that is supposed to be where he/she crosses the road. It just could be that other animals too cross the road here to get to the water in the swamp.

Well, I hear it is supposed to be warmer tomorrow. That will be my 3rd day of running on this leg. Then a day of rest.

Enjoy. Get out there.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Cold but beautiful in Alton, N.H.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Cold but beautiful in Alton, N.H. The swamp. Click to ENLARGE.

The Possible Terrain Of The Supposed Mountain Lion In Or Around SW Alton – Barnstead.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Supposed Mountain Lion On Prospect Mountain Road … — July 9, 2013.


The comment ‘yesterday’ from a reader in Barnstead, NH of a possible Mountain Lion sighting could not have come at a better time.

There has been an extraordinary amount of daily interest in my original July post. I am amazed at the number of people doing Google searches of ‘Mountain Lions NH‘ and even ‘Mountain Lions Alton‘ on a DAILY basis. There can’t be that much smoke without some kind of fire.

Funnily enough, as I said in my response to the Comment, we had stopped by the Blueberry Farm on Prospect Mountain Road Monday to find out if they had any interest in the Miller Farm peaches. They didn’t. But while we were there I inquired about the ‘lion’. They reckon it is still there.

This week, on my 6 days a week run, I had also been looking for any spoor given that they had (yet again) graded the road … and on Tuesday there was some moisture. I didn’t see any tracks — other than those left by Maya.

I had also one night, out of idle curiosity, checked Google Maps for the terrain around Prospect Mountain. It is pretty wooded with a paucity of houses. We also know that there is plenty of turkey and deer. So it is probably a good habitat — assuming that there is indeed one lurking around.

So today, using Google Maps I did the following 3 ‘maps’ to give you an idea of what we are talking about in terms of terrain and distances. The distance from Prospect Mountain to Barnstead is not a problem. A mountain lion could have covered that in less than 2 hours of ambling.


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Is There A Mountain Lion Living On Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, NH?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Sounds of Spring on Prospect Mountain Road … — Apr. 16, 2013.
>> I met a man on Prospect Mountain …  — Jan. 6, 2013.


The marsh on Prospect Mountain Road that the critter walks into. This picture taken in April of this year. See posts, above, re. 'Sounds of Spring'.

The marsh on Prospect Mountain Road that the critter walks into. This picture taken in April of this year. See posts, above, re. ‘Sounds of Spring’. Click to ENLARGE.


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Having huffed and puffed 1.25 miles up Prospect Mountain Road, as I try to do 6 days a week, I was coming down, this morning, when the delightful lady, that owns the large blueberry farm, who we know quite well (and like) stopped me. It is always a pleasure to chat with her.

She was very concerned. She knows that I let Maya off the leash when I am past ‘the houses’ and that Teischan and Devanee sometimes walk up, albeit with Deanna and Ulysses.

She is sure that there is a mountain lion or bobcat living at the bottom of her field. It had been spotted this last Sunday, in the yard of the folks that live two houses down, across the road, chasing a flock of wild turkeys.

We quickly compared notes.

Here is the thing. Twice in the last month, the second time being last Friday, I had seen a ‘large’ dog-like animal crossing the road and heading into the Marsh.

The house in question, where this ‘critter’ was seen Sunday, is right next to that Marsh.

It appears that I am not the only one that has seen ‘something’ cross the road and heading into the Marsh.

But, now this is where we tend to diverge. Though not an expert, I am fairly au fait with mountain lions and Bobcats — albeit those in captivity. I used to be a very frequent visitor to the Squam Lakes Science Center that has both mountain lions and Bobcats. Deanna and I were there in 2003 or 2004 when they first brought in the two mountain lions cubs — who were but a few weeks old. In 2008, Teischan and I were visiting the Center at least once a month, during Spring/Summer, while Deanna did a merchandising job in Meredith. The Bobcats were Tesichan’s favorite.

The ‘larger’ critter, that I have seen, was not a mountain lion or Bobcat. Now that ‘she’ is saying that the animal seen on Sunday did not have a tail just compounds the issue.

My reaction, both times, as I told Deanna and the kids, when I came home was that it was either a coyote or a wolf.

I have been face-to-face with a grey wolf, 10′ apart, in Meredith, NH, on the railway tracks, in 1998. This was no accident. The wolf had come to see me, or to be more precise the two 8 week old Goldens that were with me. It was quite a confrontation. It eventually backed off, ran across the slope and started walking across the Lake. This was winter. Then I got my ultimate confirmation that this was a wolf, rather than a coyote (though I also poured over books and Web images to make sure). About 4 different snowmobiles nearly ‘capsized’ pulling U-turns when they saw this thing trotting across the ice. They would be going along, then they would pull a sharp U-turn to come back and have another look.

On Prospect Mountain, in each case, I was about 500′ away. When I got to the Marsh, I would stop and look to see if it was waiting for us. On Friday, Maya did some serious sniffing when we got to Marsh. She didn’t seem to be in anyway agitated or distressed, though I am not sure whether she knows what a wolf or coyote smells like or what threat they posses to her.

I have heard coyotes howling in the night — though earlier in the Spring.

I would LOVE IT if we had a mountain lion on Prospect Mountain.

I love big cats, but ONLY big cats. I am allergic in multiple ways to domestic cats.

Yes, I am aware of all the reports and stories, both ways, about mountain lions in NH. I think there is more consensus that we do have gray wolves. I like wolves too and I am thinking of getting one as my next dog.

So, this is just an update.


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Squam Lakes Science Center — Always Uplifting And Relaxing

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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I have been visiting the Squam Lake Science Center since at least 2001. Typically we try to go at least once a year – last year being the exception when we didn’t make it up there at all. In the Summer of 2009, Teischan and I used to go for a 75 minute visit one or twice a month, well into October! We had Boston Museum of Science (MoS) membership that gave us free admission, and Deanna had a part-time, bi-weekly, 90 minute, merchandizing gig in Meredith. We would tag along, drop her off in Meredith and go to the Science center. So we know it well.

This Saturday was their annual, ‘New Hampshire’ day — $3 entrance for all NH residents. Bar last year, we typically try and make it for this ‘special’ day. The weather cooperated, partly because we planned to get their around 1pm which is when the clouds were supposed to clear. It was glorious. Sunny and high 60s. It wasn’t too packed, most having left by the time we arrived.

It is always such a pleasant, uplifting experience, especially the walk back through the meadow (other than the time when a Kestral being shown to the guests by a volunteer, flew off his hand and attacked Teischan who was 3 years old at the time and was sitting in a stroller — luckily doing no harm other than scaring all of us).

They now have 3 Bobcats, two males and a female (and no, we will not see any kittens because, alack, they are, for their own reasons, not a breeding facility). They only used to have one. Teischan likes the Bobcats. Once, when there was just one in the enclosure, it came down to the glass and tried to play with the strap of our camera. It was memorable.

We were there when the two Mountain Lion cubs were brought to the center c. 2004 (or 2005). So we have seen them grow. One of them has also ‘played’ with us through the glass on one of our many visits. I am never sure about the black bear exhibit. Something about it. But, overall, a wonderful, always educational experience.