Mountain Lions & More from Fawnskin

So Colleen had a mountain lion on her roof recently. She lives on the edge of the wilderness near the water tower and mistakenly went out to investigate why her dogs were barking. Fortunately for her, the cat took about a 20 foot leap off the roof in the opposite direction.

I’ve been pondering carry my firearm out into the woods during hikes and had a long conversation with Paul a while back. He reported more coyote and bear activity on his property which is adjacent to Grout Creek.

Anyway, this last week two cougar attacks have been reported–one in South Dakota and the other in Arizona. You might remember my posting the mountain lion safety tips about two months ago and I urge you to revisit them.

Wildlife sightings locally have been on the increase partially due to the terrain damage and habitat destruction from the 2007 wildfires. Just use common sense and be aware that close proximity to wildlife and predators is a way of life around these parts. Avoid interactions and encounters when you can–because negative ones usually cost the animal its life.

Predators are most active in the dawn, dusk, and evening hours.

On the local business front…

No callback from JP with an update on the NS Tavern. The couple that were hoping to take over the place did not get selected and I called JP for an update–now you know GG doesn’t rate when he doesn’t just drop everything and call me back!

Across town, it looks like Sharon is opening the Pinecone Art Boutique. I saw some activity this weekend and will have to amble over for a good gander.

I’ve been sidetracked with projects and media interviews this week–but here is the link to the fundraiser that was also giving part of the proceeds to Fawn Park.  In case you have not driven by Fawn Park lately (because nobody is allowed in the park and we are heading fast toward the second anniversary of the closure) there is a very tall bird house that has been placed on the south side of the park.



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3 Responses to “Mountain Lions & More from Fawnskin

  • 1
    HG
    March 11th, 2008 09:49

    Really GG!
    I can’t believe the audacity of some people! How do they have the face to keep collecting donations for Fawnskin park and keep it closed! It is such a shame! Why can’t they play nice?! Big “rasberries” to them!

    I looked up “park” in Merriam- Webster’s online dictionary. One of thier definitions was 1a) an enclosed piece of ground stocked with game and held by royal prescription or grant – kind of sounds familiar!

  • 2
    Uncle Bill
    March 12th, 2008 09:49

    I remember leaving L.A. late on Friday afternoons hurrying to get to the North Shore Tavern in time for dinner and a few hours of cocktails, sitting around the piano listening to Bud Parmalee play old standards and Dottie occasionally singing an old chestnut with a voice that was truly unique and compelling. Those were fun times but they are gone.

    The fire that destroyed that historic old structure was unfortunate, but by then the place had already seen its best days. What has replaced it is a building altogether different, and I can’t imagine anyone with a modicum of business sense thinking they could make even a moderate success of another restaurant in that location. Not in these times.

  • 3
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    March 12th, 2008 14:54

    @HG: Welcome to the big debate around these parts. Fawn Park got nicknamed, “Marty’s Playground” by locals before the first anniversary of its closure. I keep wondering how the non-profit avoids an audit and why nobody has turned it in to the Attorney General. My opinion is if you are going to have a private park–say so–but taking money saying the park is for the community and then keeping it closed is shameful.
    @Uncle Bill: Yep, I used to drop in and shoot pool while enjoying that big old fireplace. The remodel was a disaster and the layout is horrible. There have been lots of problems with NS Tavern starting with the rebuilding to interference with lessees. JP has not called me back so despite the recent clean up and construction I am not holding my breath.