Updated score: Wildlife 1, Cougars 1.
While a band of mountain goats cornered on a North Cascades peak by a mountain lion earlier this summer got an unexpected break when a helicopter broke up the predator’s plans, a mule deer fawn was not so lucky — though in turn a local high buck hunter was.
Mike Quinn, whose name and photos have appeared in numerous issues of Northwest Sportsman, including the July and August issues, recently found seven amazing images on a trail cam he placed in the Glacier Peak Wilderness.
The first four images show a mule deer doe and fawn grazing in a forested glade just before noon on Aug. 17, and then, 10 minutes later, a large cougar walks past the trail camera — with a fawn in its jaws.
Such is the reality of life in the mountains.
Quinn, who has numerous trail cams posted in the Cascades and is known as a hardcore alpine buck hunter, is scheduled to have piece in the November issue of Peterson’s Hunting describing his tactics.
A couple weeks ago he told Northwest Sportsman that his devices have photographed cougars up to about 6,000 feet of elevation and he’s seen them as high as 5,200.
Both are well below the heights that a big tom had his eyes on a herd of mountain goats near Darrington in late July. But as the cougar pondered its next move, a chopper bearing state and tribal biologists surveying for the alpine denizens by chance swooped in and scared the predator off.
More on that episode in the September issue of Northwest Sportsman, out to subscribers and newsstands this week and next!