Livestock and Lions (and Zombies)

We knew there were Mountain Lions in San Diego County. We knew they were known to roam in the same general area that Revelwood is located. We found out they were spotted roaming right down the driveway of the property next door shortly after we bought the place.

This might terrify some people, but me? I’m a cat person, and it doesn’t matter how big they are. Bonus, they  might prove to be useful during the zombie apocalypse. A little undead dinner for the kitty cat, and one less walker on the homestead.

That’s not to say I didn’t take the news seriously. I’m a fairly small person, and as such right about the size a hungry mountain lion might consider a tasty morsel should it come across me working out in the brush. But mostly I was just excited to think that I might see one in the wild some day.

Young lion captured west of Julian on remote trail camera. Photo Credit Winston Vickers.

While it’s unlikely that I’ll ever have to fend off a mountain lion attack against my person (and probably not a zombie either,) the chances are, any livestock we eventually own will need some sturdy protection to make sure they will never have to fend off a mountain lion attack. There’s really no scenario in which the livestock would come out ahead in that match up.

We may not be ready to start building lion/zombie-proof pens right now, but it doesn’t mean we can’t get a head start on figuring out what goes into such a thing.

And if you are in a position to need a livestock security yourself, then you’re in luck!

This Saturday, June 11th 2016, the Mountain Lion Foundation and the Santa Ysbella and Julian 4-H Club have joined forces and are offering a pen construction demonstration at a location that just recently has been the scene of livestock attacks in which two mountains were killed as a result.

PLUS, Fauna Tomlinson, an expert on new technologies designed to deter wildlife, will demonstrate some of the world’s newest designs for frightening deer, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions and other wild animals away from rural properties.

If you visit our Trail Cam Gallery you can see we definitely have had deer, foxes and bobcats on our property too. (The mountain lions and zombies remain elusive.)

 Bobcat visiting Revelwood Jan. 2016

Bobcat visiting Revelwood Jan. 2016

So if you’re in Southern California join the Mountain Lion Foundation as they demonstrate how to design and build secure livestock enclosures with the Santa Ysabel and Julian 4-H Club.

WHEN: Saturday, June 11, starting at 9 am

WHERE: A private residence in Julian California, please RSVP for the address.

RSVP: If you’d like to participate, please get in touch for location specifics by emailing info@mountainlion.org or calling 916 442-2666. If you call after business hours, be sure to leave a voicemail with your name, address, email, telephone number, and mention the Julian pen build.

For more information visit The Mountain Lion Foundation website

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