Originally Posted by Peter_C
There are two local creatures I am afraid of...first is the Great White Shark that happens to frequent our local dive waters, and the second are the mountain lions that also happen to frequent our local dive sites, just on the land side. They are both majestic creatures that deserve respect, and occasionally decide to take a taste of a person, but we are not their prey.
Agree with the first; not so much the second. We aren't their normal prey for sure, but they can and do deliberately attack people (as opposed to GW sharks who [arguably] only hit humans by mistake.) The good thing is that the cats are relatively rare, so encounters are as well.
Recently, we've been having coyote problems in my neighborhood. The wild turkeys have disappeared, as have a number of housecats. A neighbor saw them eating a deer they had killed about 30 feet from his back door.
I'm sure we have mountain lions in the area (I'm in sparsely populated hills, about a quarter mile from a large wildland park), but I've never seen one. The deer population is probably large enough that they don't have to come into the residential areas.
Unrelated note: Nomad; I'm confused: Are you in the US or in Ireland (your posts imply California, but your profile says Ireland)?