“This always happens. People throw me out of the window, tell me I’m Puma Man, then leave.”

A strange tale from the Malibu Hills of a male mountain lion, known as Puma-1, studied by biologists, profiled in a National Geographic documentary. If he were human, he’d rate a chapter in Bloodletters and Badmen.

What [biologist Jeff] Sikich heard could give a Malibu real estate agent nightmares. “It was incredibly loud and scary sounding,” says [ecologist Seth] Riley, who listened to the sounds via a cell phone that Sikich held up to the noise. “We thought they were fighting. But one thing about cats is they can also make a racket when they’re mating.” The screams – lord – went on and on. The biologists backed off….

Whether they were or weren’t mating isn’t known, but whatever happened, what came next is all too certain:

On Saturday, they began detecting a “mortality signal” from P-2’s radio collar, meaning that she had not moved for eight hours. The cubs were still close….

Don’t read the the whole article if you’re squeamish. The sad story of Puma-1 was just getting started.

One Reply to ““This always happens. People throw me out of the window, tell me I’m Puma Man, then leave.””

  1. Ah, P1… also known as ‘Zartog’ by a select few…

    P2 (‘Tonga’) is indeed dead, but last i heard her offspring were all fine.

    by the way, ignore the national geographic ‘documentary’… it was overly dramatic and not very factual.

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