It has been a very very bumpy ride the past four days with all the rain, flooding and wild beasts. Sophia the other night broke lead and went nuts. That same time I had 8 big billies break a gate down and run like their asses where on fire. As I was trying to get Sophia on a new lead and up to the house, then try to gather the billies and put them into another pasture I had Llama Boy screaming and alarm calling which then freaked this gal out. I ran to the house in the pouring rain and grab the spot light and hatchet. I came back to the gate, quickly wired it shut and then started after Llama Boy. As I reached him in the corner of the pasture facing the forest I started searching with the spot light to see what had gotten everyone panicked and running. There as the bright light hit the tree closest to me there was two mountain lions about a third of the way up in the heavy branches. Now I was panicked and freaked but I kept searching as if that was not enough - I just knew there was more to see. Sure enough in the camp ground area were two more sets of very large eyes - Bears - OH MY... What could be next??? TIGERS?? Thank God NO but I think I had enough in my forest.
Llama Boy stood with me for the whole night as we made sure the line was held and that no one breached the fence line. I kept thinking to myself - I guess we all have to go out some how and this is going to be one way that will be in the books.
As the rain gave us a slight breather and the sun slowly crept up along the eastern horizon this is what I found. Something very large and very angry/hungry (the Bears) had crushed a trash can that only held small kindling in it - I still have not managed to locate the lid. Then I took a picture of the tree that housed two sets of Bear eyes. As you can see that tree is right next to the rocking chairs in which you might at times find this gal sitting in and enjoying a sandwich and tall glass of ice tea after a hard working day. I am not sure if you can tell but I have bark that was been scraped off by some sharp claws. We call this place "The Camp Ground" but trust me I never leave food, trash or personal items there because I do not wish to have unwanted guest but I understand that this is a great place for all to enjoy
This tree is the closest to the pastures where the big billies live and where Sophia works and lives. When I put the spot light on this tree is the first to be seen. This is where I could not only see the two sets of big eyes but also could see the Big Cats clearly. I must say my heart leaped into my throat and stayed there for most of the night. I would not say I am brave but I think I was frozen with fear for a short while but then was so worried that my sweet goats would never have a chance on their own. Most wild animals want to stay away from lights, barking dogs and screaming llama's and hopefully a hatchet waving gal with a love for her animals that is beyond irrational
Since that night I am out there every night working the fence line with Sophia, Llama Boy and the Billies. Each night we also have rain, rain and more rain. It has been more then a challenge and not what this weary gal would have wished for but I promised my animals to do what it takes to keep us all safe and I am doing my best to keep that promise. So again we watch, walk and carry sharp protection in hope that all will be safe. I hope soon this will not be needed but for this moment it is our new norm.