The VALLECITO LEGEND
Our Community Newspaper, Website & Tour Guide
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Forest Service Special Stories
Courtesy Ann Bond, San Juan Public Lands Public Affairs Specialist,
Tom Harris, Copy Editor
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Cougar & Bear Sightings:
Bear South of Vallecito Dam and south of Vallecito Resort.
Note: Bears can run 30 miles per hour, faster than a human, and a male bruin covers
an average territory of 40 square miles, hunting at night.
Always keep your food put up, packs and game raised in trees on ropes, and
burn your freeze-dried food pouches in the campfire, immediately
Never come between a bear and her cub, and don't cook applesauce on a fire.
Cougar Florida Canyon, at crossing with Highway 160 west of
Gem Village and Bayfield.
A cougar was stalking a bicyclist, by running along behind him
in a ditch beside the highway. When a motorist drove up behind
them and observed what was about to happen, he drove around
the bicyclist, alerted him about the cat beside him, and
allowed him to dive into the car through the window, headfirst.
Many times, while alone in the mountains for two weeks,
I have tracked a cougar, hoping to get a picture,
only to find out he was watching me!
Normally, you never see a cougar. They are very shy and
reclusive, staying high and above humans. You hear them
referred to as: cougar, mountain lion, puma and panther.
However, pets, small children and running animals, including
humans, tend to capture their attention.
An adult, weighing 175 to 225 pounds, can drag a yearling calf,
of 300-400 pounds, a half mile up a rocky canyon
in its jaws, or snap the neck of a full-grown elk.
Click here for Aerial & Topo Maps Overview Map
Colorado Division of Wildlife:
Colorado Fishing Report
Vallecito Reservoir – Bureau of Reclamation:
Weather 7-Day Forecast:
Missionary Ridge Forest Fire – FEMA Photo Gallery:
Backpacking Expedition Reports:
Copyright 2005 Gary D. Courtney