On the growl

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On the growl

Rick Hagar spotted this cougar April 5 while hiking on County Road 201 just north of Hermosa. Rather than run, the animal approached Hagar and then charged at a fast trot with ears flat, growling. Hagar picked up a large rock and “started to make a lot of noise.” The animal stopped about 10 to 15 feet in front of him and walked away, Hagar wrote in an e-mail. “This rates right up there with running (Class IV/V) rivers for the adrenaline rush.” Hagar said many people hike in the area and should be on the lookout for mountain lions.

On the growl

Rick Hagar spotted this cougar April 5 while hiking on County Road 201 just north of Hermosa. Rather than run, the animal approached Hagar and then charged at a fast trot with ears flat, growling. Hagar picked up a large rock and “started to make a lot of noise.” The animal stopped about 10 to 15 feet in front of him and walked away, Hagar wrote in an e-mail. “This rates right up there with running (Class IV/V) rivers for the adrenaline rush.” Hagar said many people hike in the area and should be on the lookout for mountain lions.

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