Since moving to a property along the Bear River in Franklin County, Nevada, Drue Stafford has seen lot of wildlife. Deer, elk, eagles, turkeys and more. A few weeks ago, he got a once in a lifetime sighting – three mountain lion cubs. And not only that, the young cubs walked right up to his front porch!

Drue and his wife were looking out the front window when they spotted the cubs. The three cats saunter right up to Drue’s porch as he’s filming. The one cub looks curiously inside and his siblings also come over.

Moments earlier, Drue had seen some wild turkeys running around, so he figures the cubs were tracking wild turkeys.

Drue told the Idaho State Journal that he contacted Fish and Game officers after the young cats hung out his barn overnight and their mother never showed up.

Fish and Game officers told Drue they were sure the cubs were without a mother and at risk, so they eventually caught the trio and took them to a man who cares for wild orphans. The mountain lions will be given new homes in the spring.

The mountain lion—also known as puma, panther, or catamount—is a large cat species native to the Americas. Mountain lions are large, tan cats. Their bodies are mainly covered in tawny-beige fur, except for the whitish-gray belly and chest. Black markings decorate the tip of the tail, ears, and around the snout.

Mountain lions vary hugely in average body size depending on geographic location—their size is smallest closer to the equator and largest closer to the poles. Generally, though, males weigh between 115 and 220 pounds (52 and 100 kilograms) and females weigh between 64 and 141 pounds (29 and 64 kilograms).

The mountain lion’s range spreads all across the Americas, from the Canadian Yukon to The Strait of Magellan, the greatest of range of any living mammal in the Americas. Mountain lions inhabit a wide range of ecosystems, making their home anywhere there is shelter and prey, including mountains, forests, deserts, and wetlands. They are territorial and have naturally low population densities, which means the species requires large swaths of wilderness habitat to thrive.


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