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The goal is in sight
DSCF0824the old jeep on the north side of the canyon
the old jeep on the north side of the canyon
DSCF0830Very definitely cougar
Mountain lion, whatever... smaller one, maybe a female or a young male, scat was about the size of two of my hands with fingers spread. Lots of hair and the classic twisted ends. Didn't look warm but was definitely recent, perhaps from the morning.
I thought I had sensed something watching me when I was coming up the gully, but it was probably my imagination... and as always when hiking in the black hills, I Look Up frequently :D
So many people worry about getting attacked by a cat in the black hills. I worry about hiking all my life, and never, ever having the opportunity to see one...