Wow. We actually had to do a double take just to make sure that this wasn’t a lion in Africa. Have you ever seen a cougar so huge? This massive cat was reportedly harvested by a shed hunter and his son in northern Arizona in the Navajo Nation. The pair presumably noticed the large cat, called it in, and shot it at about 15 yards.

While we are still trying to confirm the details behind this hunt, there is no doubt that this is one big kitty. What do you think?

Traditionally the Navajo have great reverence for the mountain lion, which they call Náshdóítsoh. Known as a silent and deadly hunter, the Navajo nevertheless see the cougar as a protector, and occasionally as a provider since mountain lions would sometimes leave kills behind that could be scavenged. Today, the Navajo Fish and Wildlife Department issues permits for hunters to take mountain lions in order to control the cat’s population. It should be noted that even while mountain lion permits are highly coveted, hunters still have the utmost respect for this powerful predator.

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67 thoughts on “Photos: Shed Hunt Turns into Massive Mountain Lion Harvest

    1. exactly – there is a reason they were able to legally obtain a hunting permit and legally harvest it – they are plentiful here in the west and most of north america for that matter… and leagal to hunt – not something I would want hunt but everything they did was legal…

      1. Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right. Humans are ridiculously overpopulated–THEY are the ones that should be hunted to reduce their numbers, and I would love to hang your children’s heads on my wall…..

      2. i’ll be waiting – bring it on… YOU will be the one who will die a slow painful death…

      3. Lindsay, critters (including the Bates’s) tend to multiply until they reach or exceed the carrying capacity of the land. Now before you go on with any more hating on Humanity, be aware that tides of populations shift, first one way, then another. Right now, humans occupy a great part of this country. But not one of us actually uses much of it. An adult Cougar will occupy a territory about 20 miles square, and a big tom like this will kill every other male that he comes across. That is why they are constantly seeking “new to them” territory where they can survive; that is why they come into the edges of towns where people have already occupied. Get out of town; the cats will move in. Come back home; the cats must leave. Simple as that. People don’t like their little Lindsays necks broken, their throats ripped out, and their tenderest parts eaten off, so people “spank” the kittys with guns and dogs and automobiles. They get kinda narrow-minded about having their dogs and cats hauled off for a meal, and Mister Tom will know exACTLY where every dog, cat, calf, pony, horse, and human is, in his entire territory. There’s a great book, “The Beast In The Garden” that is a dispassionate study of human interactions with cougars in and around Boulder, Colorado. Your library should be able to get it for you on interlibrary loan, or you can find it (cheap) on Amazon. It’s really good.
        Mister Cougar really doesn’t have a bad bone in his body, and neither does Mrs Snake or Uncle Bear. They just do cat, snake, and bear stuff, like you do Lindsay stuff. Sometimes, those come into conflict with each other, and somebody has to move over or somebody dies. That’s the way it’s always been. Learn about it. Like the young lady who climbed a tree to get away from a pair of cougars. She felt a sharp pain in her thigh and looked down. The kitty had a big claw hooked in her leg. And oh, yes, they do break necks of the great Elk, tear throats out of deer, and eat the tenderest parts from a cow while she is down giving birth to her calf. All that is the way they live. And they are really not afraid of people or dogs unless they L-E-A-R-N to be cautious around us. Otherwise, we are just another leisurely lunch that doesn’t fight back. They aren’t stupid; when they are hunted, they learn real fast. But when they are NOT hunted for a few generations, the lessons fade. Then, yes, we really do have some encounters with these marvelous predators. I’ve only seen one in the wild. But I’ve returned the way I came 15 minutes before, and seen their tracks covering mine. You know what that means; I was being followed. Like a cat follows a rat.

      4. A majority of what Bob says is true, buy why is it that cougars need to be culled by humans now when they never needed to be culled before we arrived? I guess they just starved when they became so numerous that they killed off the deer population to the point where there was not enough for them to eat. Why doesn’t that still apply? Are they able to substitute that much livestock for deer?. We humans use much more land than just the house and lot we live on. All the industry, agriculture, and transportation, and distribution systems that support humans use a huge amount of land per capita
        .I don’t think cougars should be hunted for killing pets. . Maybe by killing this big tom, the Navajo hunters saved the lives of many younger and/or smaller male cougars. But that could also lead to the “survival .of the unfitest” syndrome. The cougar looked to me as big as a small species of tiger, the Sumatran. I think he might have weighed in at 250 lbs. In the video are scenes of two of the Indians carrying the cougar on a pole and struggling to support his weight.
        Whatever happened to the girl who was chased up a tree by 2 cougars? Did anyone rescue her or did she become puma dinner?

      5. The young lady who climbed the tree was an employee of Colorado, either Parks or Fa&W, my memory is not clear on that account. the cats hung around under her tree for a bit, then became more interested in a couple of deer across a valley. It was duly reported and well documented, for it was an out injury, but it was not considered to be an attack. It was only an ” encounter.”
        If you’d like to read more on the incident, you’ll find the book “The Beast In The Garden” to be a very well written study of the Big Kitties in and around Boulder, Colorado. Your local library should have it or be able to get it for you on interlibrary loan. It is well worth the read.

        It is my observation that successful species will increase their numbers to just beyond the carrying capacity of the land, and then be held in check by that limit. I watched a farmer thinking about the predation of his alfalfa crop by what we call “sage rats”. Each of these little varmints is an alfalfa-eating breeding machine. Rather than being grateful for the bounty that is set before them and breeding only to a level of harmonious living, they proceed to eat the farmer’s crop, taking for themselves the fruits of his labors. Theirs is a war upon the carrying capacity of the land which is a limit that has been altered by the tilling, planting, and irrigating done by the farmer in hopes of at least breaking even and staying ahead of the taxes and the bank.

        I asked a farmer what else he could do, if his market product was Sage Rat instead of Alfalfa, to increase the carrying capacity of the land and maximize the population of these pests. As he looked sadly across the balding fields of his little place he said “You know, I think I’ve already done it.”

        Consider: Rats, in New York City. Why did people not need to reduce their population in the past? Well, frankly, they Did “need” to do so, as the darlin’ little rats carried fleas, plague, Black Death, and cra-aped in Humanity’s sugar bowl at every opportunity.

      6. Good answer. But I don.t know if comparing cougars to rats is a fair analogy. Rats multiply fast in response to human- provided food. I don’t think cougars do that. Now that you mention it, I have read about the CO park worker who was chased up a tree. A similar story is that about 3 years ago in the San Bernardino Mtns of SoCal, a cougar chased a woman jogger up a tree and climbed up after her. She kept him at bay with part of a broken–off branch until a vehicle approached on a nearby road and scared it off. I think she did suffer some claw marks. If it had been a more remote area, she probably would have been a cougar’s dinner.

      7. A majority of what Bob says is true, buy why is it that cougars need to be culled by humans now when they never needed to be culled before we arrived? I guess they just starved when they became so numerous that they killed off the deer population to the point where there was not enough for them to eat. Why doesn’t that still apply? Are they able to substitute that much livestock for deer?. We humans use much more land than just the house and lot we live on. All the industry, agriculture, and transportation, and distribution systems that support humans use a huge amount of land per capita
        .I don’t think cougars should be hunted for killing pets. . Maybe by killing this big tom, the Navajo hunters saved the lives of many younger and/or smaller male cougars. But that could also lead to the “survival .of the unfittest” syndrome. The cougar looked to me as big as a small species of tiger, the Sumatran. I think he might have weighed in at 250 lbs. In the video are scenes of two of the Indians carrying the cougar on a pole and struggling to support his weight.
        Whatever happened to the girl who was chased up a tree by 2 cougars? Did anyone rescue her or did she become puma dinner?

      8. I couldnt agree more!! Humans ARE overpopulated yet we never get culled. . . So why is it ok to kill animals with a much smaller population just coz someone decided there is a few too many??

      9. Just because someone decided there wereca few 2 many?……what a moran………….this is a science u freakin idiots……i am the world’s BIGGEST animal lover but death is a part of life people and we have 2 keep nature in balance or everything gets all @$cked up. ITS NECESSARY. These arent hateful humans just being mean. As a matter a fact the hunters of that gorgeous puma were indians. NOBODY has more love or RESPECT for such amazing animals than NATIVES! IF THEY KILLED IT…IT WAS FOR A DAMN GOOD REASON! End of conversation.

      10. Wow…..does somebody not play well with others? A little tincy wincy anger issue there sunshine? If they weren’t hunted theyre #s would be out of control their sweetheart. They aren’t killing these gorgeous creatures4 kicks. Its necessary. I wouldn’t…couldn’t ever kill anything but i understand it is necessary.
        Im not a big fan of people period but come on lindsay………..REALLY??……..grow up.

      11. Lindsay, why don’t you take the lead on this. Is human population needs to be reduced so badly why don’t you lead by example the start with yourself.

    2. There is an endangered subspecies, the Florida Panther, that has a native range in Florida, and the Southeastern US, however the Lion that was killed in this article is obviously from Arizona, and is a North American Cougar, which are not on any endangered list.

    3. Hey Mr. BULLSHIT, First off were not talking Florida……. The artical clearly talks about a state by the name of ARIZONA, not FlorIda. Next, I do believe they mentioned a tightly controlled permit hunt in a cotrolled area on Indian land. Sponsored by the Navajo DNR. Not a state wide hunt.
      Have a great day Tom.

      1. Are you new? The Florida panther is most entirely a mountain lion… It is a very endangered subspecies. Good lord…. Also, how anyone could want to hunt such a badass animal is beyond me. Pumas regulate the ecosystem, and are entirely integral in a healthy populous of any ungulate.

      2. Pumas also regulate ,people on moutain bikes, children playing in their yard, cattle at about $1000 each, and pets, I lived in Oregon and they have to be controlled. all the Pumas in the world are not worth one person….

      3. Bud where do you get your information? I have never heard of a mountain lion “regulating” people in Oregon. Scientifically you are more likely to die taking a selfie than a mountain lion.

      4. @jay More so in California and Colorado. But the Oregon population is skyrocketing. They are really hitting the deer and elk herds … hard. It’s only a matter of time before we’ll hear of yet another cougar attack.

      5. the world is grossly overpopulated by ONE Lindsay Bates. You should get out of your high-rise apartment and come hand-feed one of our western cougars, that you prefer above humans. I have a guide friend who can bring one right up to you, for its dining pleasure. Bon apetit, Tom.

    1. I was wondering the same thing cookie. He dwarfs the man holding him. Im going to guess at 200……MAYBE 225. Hes a big boy 4 sure

  1. Wow, it is huge. I wonder how old it is. I was told the native Navajo are of smaller stature and photos can be misleading sometimes, but that cat is big. I hope it. Goes into a museum for everyone to see.

  2. Here in AZ you can get a Mountain Lion tag over the counter. You can hunt all year in most areas with a bag limit of 1 per year and no females with spotted kittens. Many hunt with hounds and mules and take the lion with .357 pistols since their hide is thin. There are areas that they stop hunting in the breeding season. Also, there are areas that have a bag limit of three per year and you can hunt at night. Those areas have Rocky Mountain sheep planted and the lions decimated the herds. The Indian Reservations are a whole different situation. Tags are tough and prices are steep.

    1. That’s horrifying… Why would you hunt these amazing animals? You can’t eat them. You aren’t exactly a baddass for masking your scent, hiding, and using a long-range weapon. Or, the worst of all, letting dogs tree a terrified and confused animal, and then go all fish-in-a-barrel by pointing a gun up a tree at a trapped animal… That is some serious p u ss y shite.

      1. Are you new! Good Lord! Yes you can eat them. This is a mountain lion in Arizona. “Pumas” endangered in Florida are in Florida. Many native Americans like me have always eaten them. Albeit not often. I also have white relatives that do as well. Smart ass.

      2. Don’t say “Good Lord”. Not if you are talking about the one from the bible. Mountain lions would not be on the menu if you followed the bible.

      3. Go read Exodus and Leviticus… The animals that were good for food were listed. Mountain lions don’t fall into that category.

      4. Something tasting good is not the biblical standard for what people should and shouldn’t eat.

      5. In that case, realposter, I’d suggest you refrain from eating them.
        “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient.”

      6. Don’t worry – I don’t… Eating an animal that eats other animals isn’t a good thing biologically.
        But that quote is also used way out of context from Paul… As to Paul – he told Timothy that food fit to eat was sanctified by the Word of God and prayer. The Word of God at that time included Leviticus.

      7. I said where.. Typical of persons who prefer ignorance. The same bible that says men prefer darkness because they love evil.

      8. Wow ock! Thank u sooo much for that post. I am new and ibe never heard of anyone eating a moutain lion b4. That makes me feel a lot better about people hunting them. Unlike a lot of these fools i understand thinning there #s is necessary but if people are eating them……….i feel a lot better about it. I don’t like anybody killing any animal but i know its necessary but if they are eating them……i feel MUCH better about that. I could NEVER kill anything……well except a person……that i could do if needed but never an innocent animal.

      9. There are other valid purposes to harvest besides food. Fur, and protection from predators, for instance.

      10. I know several people who eat them. It’s also the law that all edible parts of the cat must be taken. So most lion hunters eat it or give it to someone who does. I hear lion steaks are very good

  3. People who RESPECT life don’t KILL it. What utter GARBAGE. Where can I get my permit for the next Navajo slaughter?

      1. AMEN GERN! I LOOOOVE IT! GET EM BROTHER! Libtards…….hehe…..i gotta write that down. Libral losers have ruined American.

  4. Hey Outdoor Hub! What’s up? I’ve seen you censor me and others for swearing but you leave others on like “mork”, who says a lot worse *+#t than I ever did. Also what about repugnant skanks like “Lindsay Bates” who are calling for the murders and mutilations of our children? Human decency is defined by verbiage? Yeah, right…..

  5. These cats are plentiful in certain areas of the western states and have killed quite a few on biking trails, jogging trails, bridle trails, etc. Are people willing to give that up? Doubtful. So, what do you do? I know every part of that animal will be used and/or consumed. I help support schools in that area. The kids have sent me pictures of them in their native dance costumes that they made which are beautiful. Feathers, teeth, bones,,,everything is used for their folklore.

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