Nevada’s mountain lions can reach 180 pounds, so it appears inconceivable you wouldn’t see one coming.
Then once more, perhaps not.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted a photo on Facebook taken in Washoe County, Nevada, and requested: ”Can you spy the massive cat?”
A mountain lion is nowhere to be seen, at least not with out shut — very shut — inspection.
The photo exhibits a collection of boulders on a slope, and nothing however the grass seems alive.
Hundreds have reacted to the problem, together with some who realized a bit too late that the mountain lion is sitting there “looking at you” in the photo.
“Hiding in plain sight,” one woman noted.
“I would probably have walked past it,” one other commented.
So the place is it?
Lower left nook, “lurking in the shadows” of the boulders, one man appropriately famous.
The mountain lion is effectively hidden not simply due to the shadows, but in addition as a result of its fur sample blends effectively into the encompassing grasses and weeds.
As for the way massive it could be, that’s powerful to say. The predator “can stand 30 inches at the shoulder and measure up to eight feet in length from nose to tail,” in accordance with the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
They may be harmful to people, however that’s most frequently when they are approached whereas feeding on a kill, officers say.
“People rarely get more than a brief glimpse of a mountain lion in the wild,” the division experiences.
“Lion attacks on people are rare, with fewer than a dozen fatalities in North America in more than 100 years. Most of the attacks were by young lions, perhaps forced out to hunt on their own and not yet living in established areas. Young lions may key on easy prey, like pets and small children,” state wildlife officers say.