We had some excitement yesterday afternoon, that kept DH occupied for awhile. First we heard one of neighbors dogs letting out his big howl. Then we heard a bunch of dogs barking off in the distance. DH went outside and the sound was coming from the state land across the road. Kind of a woodsy area with a big cliff. Bark bark bark! Neighbor came outside too. They determined it was still cat hunting season, so it must be someone with dogs that treed a mountain lion. Non-stop barking and howling for like 15 minutes by then. DH decided to drive his quad over on the trail road to the cliff and see if he could see it.
Turns out it was two hunters with hound dogs. DH was down by their truck watching/waiting. Heard two shots. Figured they got it. Then like 5 or 10 minutes later heard like 4 more shots. DH texted me that apparently the cat only got injured with one of the first two shots (ugh). Dogs went on chase again and treed it. Then the hunter shot it down. Apparently he wasn't a very good shot! When they got it back to their truck, DH (and by now our neighbor had gone over on his quad, too, because he wanted to see it) texted me pics of it. Awww.... poor cat. Then I was kind of sad for it, but dang, those things are pretty big. Must be the tracks Dh saw over there a couple weeks ago, as big as his boots next to it.
DH texted the lady who lives down the road about a mile - she had seen a mountain lion on her back deck several months ago, so she was relieved that it was taken care of. The hunter guys said it was very healthy and could tell it had been eating good. There are lots of deer and elk around here, that's for sure. And they said they saw wolf tracks too up there. I guess they are allowed to hunt so many mountain lions per season, to keep the population under control. They guy said it was 30 in our county and 16 have been killed so far. DH could never kill one, but he said it was interesting to watch the dogs at work. Certainly a different way of life, from where we came from!
DD had a bunch of (not usual) snow Sunday night. She and DF made it into work yesterday, though in her office most people just worked from home. She had been told she can't work from home until she's been there 6 months (it's been like 4). But, this morning her boss told everyone to work from home, because still lots of snow and ice on the roads (no snow plows there, they just have to wait for it to warm up and melt, which is usually a day or two). She's happy to get to work from home today, though her DF had to drive in, as his job isn't a work from home type of job.