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Don’t stalk a stalker.
Especially with a stalker as adept as the mountain lion.
YouTube user Brian McKinney was hiking the High Sierra Trail in Sequoia National Park, California, when his friend thought he spotted a mountain lion.
Brian turned on his camera just in time to watch the big cat scamper out of sight.
Or so he thought.
At that point, they tried to sneak up on the cougar to get a better look. But the cat had doubled back to a point above the trail, and was now stalking THEM.
Amazing. I love the moment when they figured out that the tables had turned.
Cougars are nocturnal or crepuscular (meaning most active at dawn and dusk), and typically secretive, so it’s pretty unusual for hikers to come across one in daylight hours.
Some of the YouTube commenters theorized that the mountain lion had a cub around, and therefore chose to watch these interlopers from a safe height to determine whether she needed to attack.
Sounds as plausible as any other explanation.
Whatever the reason, it’s a good lesson: don’t stalk a mountain lion.