There’s a Lion in Our Backyard . . .

So when we got home from our vacation a couple of weeks ago, we discovered two mountain lions had been frolicking on top of a car a couple of blocks away from us. 

“Get the camera ready,” I told my husband.

“Are you serious?” he said.  “They can be dangerous.”

Yes, but I suspect we are more dangerous to them right now than they are to us. 

Thinking back a few months ago to the poor deer that was cornered in some guy’s back yard in Oakland, and an unruly cop fired his gun SEVERAL TIMES at the shivering creature.   A few weeks ago one uniformed policeman shot a Golden Retriever who wanted to play.

No, I’m not afraid of the mountain lion.  I’m afraid for the mountain lion.

The latest sighting is from a block away.  A lion crossed the street and ambled into our open space that is behind our house. 

Writing Prompts:

1.  Write about any encounters or experiences you have had with wildlife. 

2.  Using a majestic wild animal as inspiration, create a poem.

3.   Write a short story with the aspect of wildlife and urban life as a theme.


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