Where do you find mountain lions?

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    On my next trip to the US, I want to go to a national part where there are mountain lions. I would like to make my own pictures of them. They are beautiful. I hear these animals are very illusive and widely avoid human paths. Yet, which national parks have them? I hope I will be lucky and see one.
     
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    What takes you to the US.
     
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    Cougars have been spreading out. There have been a few reports of some in West TN.
     
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    They'll find you before you see them. Do you still feel lucky?
     
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    "National parks" have a lot of people, which scares the lions away.

    There are many lions up on the crest of the California Coastal Mountains around Big Sur, way up near the top. You can also try around Santa Cruz CA or south of San Jose CA, or west of King City CA in the Los Padres National Forest just to the north of the Fort Hunter Liggett US Army base.

    Lions are elusive however, and they probably see you long before you see them, then they hide, or creep away. Lions do not want to be seen by humans. Humans are apex predators and lions know that.

    The best strategy for seeing a lion is to ride a mountain bike along a trail at the crest of a coastal California wilderness area. Does not need to be a national park (there aren't any like that). Any California county park in the coastal hills would be a good place.

    Over several decades of hiking and hunting I myself have only seen a handful of lions, and they all saw me first and started to run away before I ever saw them.
     
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    I live near the base of Frenchmans Mtn. in east Las Vegas in a gated community of 600+ homes that borders the desert. I saw a mountain lion trudging through my front yard around 6 a.m. last June from my kitchen window heading for the wall to jump over it to get back to the desert. Our community has a golf course and tons of jack rabbits which is not only a plentiful food supply for mountain lions, but also for coyotes and snow owls. Mountain lion sightings are rare, but alot of coyotes and snow owls.
     
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    Let's see. Mountain Lions, eh? If only there was a clue in it's name, you know, like a Burmese Python.
     
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    Here is a good place to start. (winter comin' any moment tho' in Idaho, Montana, Colorado). If you are visiting very soon, Utah and New Mexico would be your best bet.

    Mountain Lion Hotspots
     
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    Mountain lions are all over the USA and they are dangerous to be around.
     

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