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Monday, April 20, 2009 - Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Elephant Butte NM

Sunset, South Monticello Area, Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Elephant Butte NM, April 19, 2009
Sunset, South Monticello Area, Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Elephant Butte NM, April 19, 2009

Night camp

Site 32, South Monticello Point - Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Elephant Butte NM

Absolute Silence

I remembered hearing of a backcountry Park Service ranger who was cleaning up after dinner one evening when he heard a chilling scream. He ran out of his cabin in time to see a mountain lion standing with a dead deer next to her. The lion saw the ranger and bounded off. The ranger realized this might be a rare opportunity to closely observe a mountain lion, so he stationed himself a short distance away from the deer carcase. He sat in absolute silence, and listened closely as night deepened. After sitting in darkness for well over an hour, he gave up hope of the lion's returning and stood up. In the powerful beam of his flashlight, he could clearly see that the dead deer was no longer there. ...

Caught in Fading Light: Mountain Lions, Zen Masters, and Wild Nature by Gary Thorp

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