A mountain lion almost stole $400 worth of personal property from a Montello resident in the hills not far from his home last week.
“Right next to that track I saw a little paw track,” he said during a phone interview. He guessed a mother mountain lion and her cub had recently trotted through.
The next day, he set off for the hills with a Foxpro game caller, which he said resembles a small radio. The device emits a range of animal noises that a person can change via remote control.
Larsen, who also wrote about the experience on his Facebook page, said he positioned the caller in a clearing, sat down about 40 yards away, and waited as it mimicked the sound of a “fawn in distress.”
But nothing happened, so after a while he changed the caller to its “canine pup distress” setting. Still nothing.
“I’m sitting there 40 minutes. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing,” he said.
In the past, he’d had success drawing coyotes using the caller’s “lighting jack” sound.
Sure enough, not five minutes later, in the distance he noticed a dot moving in his direction. Based on the way the animal moved, however, Larsen could tell it wasn’t a coyote. He assumed it was a bobcat.
Soon, it made it to the tree line about 150 yards away; it was clear the cat was much larger than a bobcat.
“That ain’t no bobcat, it’s a lion,” Larsen wrote. “It’s a lion and it is stalking my call that has a spinning woodpecker critter thing attached to it.”‘