We've got a lot of wildlife here in Colorado. When we first moved, I had a mortal fear of bears. I didn't want to camp in anything other than a cabin because I was certain a Grizzly bear was waiting to maul me at every turn.
Nevermind that we don't have Grizzlies in Colorado.
We do have Black Bears, but they're herbivores. And also trashivores, if you're not careful.
So my bear fear has kind of subsided and has been replaced by mountain lion fear.
I'd heard rumors that we had mountain lions around here, but they're rarely actually seen. Mostly heard. Heard in a creepy screeching noise like you'd hear on Charlie the Lonesome Cougar, a la Walt Disney.
This summer two women thought they heard a mountain lion as they walked at the other end of our neighborhood. I, of course, freaked out, but many people poo-poo'd the women and said it was probably something smaller, like a bobcat, at our altitude.
No one is poo-poo'ing now.
Early Friday morning, a full-grown mountain lion was spotted. At the school. Eeeek! I actually talked to the guy who saw it and confirmed it was an actual mountain lion, not someone's cat who had a little too much cat chow and got all huge and crazy.
I spent the rest of the morning Googling "mountain lion safety" and obsessing over this Web page.
But it's not all mountain lions and bears. . .and coyotes. . .and foxes. . .around here. We've got some less threatening wildlife as well.
Here are some pictures from August and the start of school that show a little bit about what we've been doing and the wildlife we've been seeing.