I have spent an unbelievable amount of time in the mountains over the past 30 years. During this time, I have been fortunate to have seen a lot of cool things. Here are my top four:
- A doe mule deer with a toilet seat around her neck. Yes, I know that is hard to believe, and Rick Seymour still thinks I was hitting the bottle a little hard that day, but it is true. It was on the Grey's River road where there are a lot of toilet seats nailed to logs at various camp sites. I assume she must have been feeding and stuck her head through it and when she lifted her head up, she lifted the seat as well. I am sure it didn't stay on her long, but it was a pretty wild sight! Still wish I could have got my camera out of my pack for a snapshot before she disappeared but no such luck.
- Five grown mountain lions in one group. They were walking down a ridge and my hunting partner and I watched them bed down in some cliffs. Pretty cool seeing this many grown lions together. My hunting partner did some research on it and it was determined that what we witnessed was a very rare sighting.
- A wolverine. This was in the Salt River Range in Wyoming. It was on a solo trip and I when I returned home I told my good friend and he called BS on it. I took him back in the following weekend and guess what.....he is a believer now! We found him in almost the same exact spot.
- A mountain goat that was 50 air miles from the nearest location they are known to inhabit. This was also in the Salt River Range.