Cougar Kittens

Thanks to Rhonda Hanuse for sharing this photo and her story with us.

A couple of weeks ago,  Rhonda and her daughter Cheyenne were driving home near Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island.   As they rounded a corner,  in the distance they saw what looked like a deer but wasn’t.

“What was that?”

Rhonda reached for her camera and clicked away but was too late and she only got pictures of trees. She braked and slowly pulled over to the side of the road. She turned off the ignition and opened the two front windows a crack.

Cheyenne tapped her on the shoulder. “Mom look.” She pointed to the tall grass on the side of the road. The grass swayed in a straight line. The movement stopped a short distance away.

Two cougar kittens peeked out. Rhonda took pictures through the car window.  One kitten looked toward the bushes where the mama had crossed.  The mama cougar chirped to them from the other side of the highway;  the kittens chirped back to their mom.   After a while the more confident  kitten crossed the highway.   The second kitten kept an eye on Rhonda and her daughter. It started to cross only a few steps behind the first kitten, but had to turn back quickly because of an oncoming truck.  Moments later, with mama-cougar chirps and no more traffic, the second kitten tried again and crossed safely.

For Rhonda and her daughter Cheyenne, this experience was priceless.

I’m so pleased that Rhonda agreed to share this photo and her story with us.


47 thoughts on “Cougar Kittens

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        1. wordsfromanneli Post author

          Oh no. I meant that they could and would, given the chance. It happens once in a while that dogs and cats are killed when cougars wander close to town. Not mine. But I’m very careful when I let them out at night. Always on a leash and not too far from the house. We live in a rural area so we need to be watchful.


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  3. reocochran

    Glad you are friends with Rhonda! This would be a wonderful, dreamy experience, Anneli. Wow! Those cougar kittens look small enough, without knowing their age, I would have thought the mama cougar would have picked one at a time by the scruff of the neck and carried them each across!

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  4. Lori

    How awesome to catch this sight, and to capture it in a memory shot too … such a rarity. I just got back from the country and saw wildlife I never get to see. One night, in the distance, we saw something black moving across a field. It moved stealth like a cat, but was as big as my Australian Shepherd. It was too far away to catch with a photo or even make out what kind of animal. It still bugs me that we couldn’t figure out what it was. All we could tell was that it was black with a long bushy tail. A fox? A coyote? A wolf? I wish we knew. Anyway, you’ll see where we just returned from on my upcoming post this week.

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Depending on where you were, my first guess would be a coyote. But it depends on how black it looked and whether that was because it was in shadow. Coyotes would look more like a colour to blend with the dry grasses. If it was night, as you said, it could have been a coyote. They would look darker then. Wolves are rarely seen, but coyotes are getting to be not as shy. Wouldn’t it be great if we could instantly snap photos of these things?!

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      1. Lori

        The zoom lens on my camera goes pretty far, and I zoomed in right up close, but because it was dusk (almost dark) it wouldn’t focus properly. If it focused, I could’ve snapped it and figured out what that dang thing was. I’m so curious.

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