Parka Saved Me From A Mountain Lion!

ParkaI’m a little late sharing this story, but it’s a good one. Back in May on a Saturday I took Parka out on his first hike. We live at the base of the Southern Rockies and I spend a good amount of my time hiking the mountains. I had wanted to get Parka out on the trails for a few weeks, to get him used to hiking with me, and finally I got some time to do it. We hiked a trail called the North Boundary Trail, it’s a trail that starts close to town but snakes up into the mountains to a big meadow at about 11,000 feet.

So Parka and I were on the North Boundary trail, we had been hiking for about 2 hours. We stopped and took some pictures, then I decided we should turn around before it started to get dark. This whole hike Parka had been very alert and watchful, but I thought nothing of it (he’s a guardian, after all)…

Well, about 30 minutes after we turned to head back, as we were going around a blind ridge, Parka stopped dead. His eyes got very large, his nostrils got very large, and his lips started to wrinkle – then he let out a very deep growl. I figured it was due to a person coming toward us on the trail or something, so I reached for my treats to redirect Parka and move off the trail. While I was looking down in the treat bag Parka does this massive display – growling, barking, and dragging me forward (I almost lost my balance)…

Then out shot a Mountain Lion!!! It ran up the mountain away from us, it was apparently hanging out behind a rock on the ridge to the left (about 4 feet above the trail)… If we had walked by we would have walked right under him!!!

At first I thought it was a deer or something, but then I could see his long tail, and he clearly didn’t move like a deer or a Coyote. Crazy. I mean, he could have jumped right out and got both of us! I had NO IDEA he was there.

Maybe the lion was just napping, or chilling out in the sun. I dunno. But it was a kinda close-call even if he didn’t want to eat us. This thing was BIG too… scary big.

Every year there is at least one person who is attacked by a cougar in this area (laster year the attack was only 15 minutes from our house)… I gotta wonder, if it wasn’t for Parka, would we have been one of those victims this year?

I take dogs with me on hikes a lot, and always thought they might be useful in a situation like this, but I never thought it’d actually happen. I’m so proud of Mr. Parka, he did his job!

I don’t typically buy into much of the text written about a breed’s history, especially with these recreated breeds, but I’ll admit it: there is something rather romantic about my Boerboel protecting me from a lion!

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5 comments on “Parka Saved Me From A Mountain Lion!
  1. Very nice article about Parka and very scary too.

    I’m glad you and Parka are alright and he alerted you of this.

    Saya alerts me when skunks and opossums are around coarse that’s nothing compared to a mountain lion.

  2. Pamela says:

    Man, Parka is so awesome.
    Yeah, I can definitely say I am genuinely afraid of Mountain Lions. Had a scare some years ago that caused that. Didn’t actually see one but the mama Cougar was in the area and her cubs were hungry, and I was the smallest person in the group so naturally… Yep! Still scared of them closing in on 10 years later.
    I’m confident Conker would try to chase and eat it if we saw one. That or he’d run the other direction and leave me to fend for myself.

    • BradA1878 says:

      Yea, they really freak me out too. Black Bears too, a forest ranger told me that the Black Bear in the southern Rockies are becoming predatory toward humans! Scary!

  3. Zuber Malek says:

    Brad what breed of Dogs would you be comfortable in facing a black bear with? Besides 2-3 KBDs. Would a pair of CAO, DOGO Argentino, Boerboels or CO work? Which one would you be confident by your side?

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