self-guided nature interpretive trail at Willamette Mission State Park just north of Salem, Oregon on a dark and foggy Monday afternoon.
Except for the cougar possibility, this was a nice two and a half mile walk on level, soggy ground. I saw the largest black cottonwood in the United States.
My National Geographic Book of Mammals says bobcats (aka wildcats) are shy, solitary, strong, and twice the size of a housecat. Cougar is another name for mountain lion, puma, or catamount. Those agile felines can weigh up to two hundred pounds. Stay calm! What is that creature crouching by the trail and waiting to pounce on me?
Hark! I hear reindeer! Or maybe pumas on the roof.
© 2011 Nancy L. Ruder