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Hunting cougars with a camera

Leland Kirk was out enjoying a photography outing with his twin brother Lochlan in Waterton Park on November 15, 2012. Both men are retired, experienced hunters, and photography buffs. They were looking for mule deer to photograph. “I had met my brother at the park entrance, and we had gone for a bit of walk when we were down there. We could see the elk out by the horse barn,” said Leland. The two brothers took a few pictures of bucks and had returned to the car. “We were just driving by, and we could see where the cougar had buried a deer. It was all covered with grass, and we could see where the cougar had gone back into the bush,” Leland explained.

According to Leland he and Lochlan found a good place to park a good distance away to sit and watch the site from inside the safety of the vehicle, hoping for the chance to see the cougar come back. After a period of about one hour, Lochlan had to leave due to other commitments. Leland came back and waited once again. The presence of the car and equipment probably made the cougar more wary of the area. After dozing off, Leland woke up and saw the cougar.

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