October through December, 2009

Cold snowy weather forced the elk to our side of the canyon. We allow one of the carpenters (pictured) who worked on the house to hunt here. He bagged a 5x5 elk within shouting distance of the Main House. He field-dressed the elk and dumped the entrails where he had spotted a mountain lion (away from the houses and the dogs). Near there we found a fresh kill the lion had dragged into the bushes; we did not hang around in case the lion thought we were competition. There was a golden eagle soaring above, waiting to dine on what was left of the two kills.