Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mountain Lions and Bears Lay in Wait out of the Pouring Rain

 
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.

7 comments:

Tombstone Livestock said...

I don'e know Grace but I think it is time for a loud gun, you wouldn't have to kill anything just make sure you have a loud one, and better protection than a hatchet should you need it. Take care and stay safe, at least we now know you are not underwater. Feel so bad for all the people and animals I have seen on the news recently, as if your state didn't have enough disasters with all the fires.

littlehawkyarns said...

Glad to know you aren't under water. I was wondering about you the other day. Hope you dry out soon and the critters can quit bothering you and yours.

Anonymous said...

Grace, i agree with Tombstone livestock, but glad you and the bunch are safe. Linda

larkspur funny farm said...

Just to also let you know I wear a big Tibetan Bell on my butt, I have a can air horn and also pepper spray. The dogs and llama's also keep going making noise and I have two rifles and several hand guns if I felt that this would be the next step. Grew up with guns and can use them but I have found most of the time we just have to keep them knowing that they are being watched and that there is a line not to be crossed. Thanks everyone who checking in and commenting - makes me feel like I am not alone in this. Back outside and yep it is raining for the third time thi Monday = Yuck!!!

Anonymous said...

Love the Tibetab Bell. And tou are prepared! Stay save and hopefully the rain stops for awhile...Linda

Aprons and More said...

Mom says that well and fine...as long as they aren't that hungry! The biggest bait you have are those hens...so keep them locked up. (which I know you do). Glad to know everything is well as can be expected!

Katy :)

Tombstone Livestock said...

Air horn and pepper spray are good, but glad you have a gun if needed. Take care.