If you did not know we are founders of the Cougars Forever: Wisconsin Chapter. And I mean the real ones, not the Vivica Fox cougar stuff. Frickin’ mountain lions people. This e-mail came my way this morning. Was shot by a dude in Wisconsin. You will notice the e-mail says Wyoming. I am positive it was a typ-o and in his rush of excitment spelled Wyoming when he meant Wautoma or Weyawega or something. Quite the story, and I verified, it’s true, not some stupid internet hoax. Loserbracket.com don’t do hoaxes.
“Mule Shoe Outfitters – Wyoming. 1-13-11. Day 6 of a 7 day hunt. I shot a Big Tom Mountain Lion at 8′ with a .357 pistol. Three dogs (Walkers) tracked the lion into a cave. Because of this the dogs GPS tracking was not giving us a signal and their barking was difficult to pinpoint. It took us over 3 hours on snowmobile and snowshoes to find the dogs cornering the lion. All 3 dogs were wounded and bleeding from the lions claws. The lion then ran out 10′ from us with 3 wounded dogs fearlessly on his tail blocking my shot. The lion crawled in another deeper dark cave 80 yards up the valley. My guide says “You need to crawl in there and kill that f***er ” After considering the flashlight, pistol and belly crawl option, I hesitated and said ” I’m not going in that cave, I would like to see my girls again” So we then carefully walked above the cave peering through the cracks trying not to slip in. I was nervous to say the least. We spotted the lion’s eyes through an 8″ opening staight down with a flashlight and shot him at 8′ away in the head with the pistol. A shot with my bow would have been impossible. It then took us over 1/2 hour to unwedge him in the jagged tight cave as he was up side down and in a very tight spot. We had been concerned of getting ourselves stuck as well. We snaked him out the 12′ deep cave on our bellys. I dragged the cat 300 yards through the snow and sat on him on the snowmobile 10 miles out of the mountains.
All 3 dogs will be fine. (Trapper, Winnie, and Magnum) Magnum and Winnie were taken in for stiches. Magnum had been out for 48 hours tracking in the deep snow without food and still had all the will to keep going. Amazing animals. The outfiiter and his guides are fearless and awesome people. I had a great time hunting with them and would recommend them to anyone.
The most exciting hunt ever!”
– Roste Beefe