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OPENING SHOT

Cat capture
Photo: by Vic Schendel
Gear: Canon EOS 7D
Settings: 1/1000 sec, f/10, ISO 500

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s a professional wildlife photographer
I've spent many years in the field
photographing all kinds of animals.
Over the years, I've encountered a handful of
mountain lions during my adventures. People
are often afraid of these large cats, but most
are never seen by people. That makes these
animals special to photograph and share with
my viewers.
My experiences with mountain lions have
come while hiding, patiently looking and
waiting for other animals. If you want to
capture images of cats in the wild, learn their
habitats and behaviors before searching for
them. Hide out in areas where there have
been sightings, set up in a camouflaged place
and stay hidden and silent.
I spotted this cat one afternoon waiting
in a blind hoping to spot some mule deer
bucks around Newcastle. I'd known for years
lions inhabited the area, and I happened to
be in the right place at the right time. I was
downwind of this cat when it approached
about 50 yards away from where I was
located. I watched as it clawed its way up a
nearby tree. It took the cat about five seconds
to reach a big branch. The sound of those
nails tearing at the bark on the trunk was
like nothing I'd heard before. My heart was
pounding as I lifted the camera to photograph
the cat overlooking its domain. I managed
only a few images before it heard the shutter
and sprinted away.

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