Urban Legend update: Catamount orgin
Marshall and Barbara Rader said that on a dark night in early December, they were driving north on Highway 64 about halfway between Williams and Valle when a huge cougar leapt in front of their Ford F350 truck.Marshall - who hunts lions and displays mounted game animals at his Double Eagle Trading Co. in Valle - knew right off it was unusually large."His head was at the right front headlight, and his tail was in the other lane," Marshall said.He had no chance to brake. The truck ran over the lion.The couple pulled over and found the lion under a tree, alive but unable to get up. It still was able to put off a serious growl, but it clearly was beyond rehabilitation.When they called 9-1-1 for help, the dispatcher said they couldn't put the animal down. They had to wait for a Department of Public Safety officer to arrive. DPS officer Jason Ellico just happened to be a local Boy Scout leader who taught youngsters about hunting and processing game, so the Raders agreed to let him skin the lion as a demonstration for the boys. It is Ellico who is posing with the lion in the photos.
(Reprint from the Prescott Daily Courier 1-22-08)
While on the subject of Cougars, this one tripped a motion sensor camera right before a midnight snack.