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Runner reports seeing mountain lion along river levee
By Dave Toplikar (Contact)
Friday, June 30, 2006

A Lawrence woman got more than a little exercise when she went out to run Thursday morning and found she was being stalked by what she is convinced was a mountain lion along the Kansas River levee.

“Yeah, I was scared,” said Liz Dobbins, who said she was followed by the big cat for about a mile before making her escape, dashing for a mile to her car. “I was afraid I might be breakfast.”
Dobbins said she wanted to make sure others who took to the levee for a run or a bike ride were aware of what she encountered.

“I know there’s a lot of young kids out there on bicycles, and a lot of people running,” she said. “My major concern was to let people know that there was something sighted out there so they would be more aware of going in groups — or not at all.”

She is the latest among several residents to report mountain lions in the area during the last three years. There have been sightings on Kansas University’s west campus, at the Alvamar Golf Club and west of Clinton Lake.

However, a state wildlife official said Thursday there was no official evidence the lions had been re-established in Kansas after being wiped out about a century ago.
Roger Wolfe, fisheries and wildlife region supervisor for the Lawrence and Topeka area, said his office received frequent reports of sightings.

Some scat and a photo taken by an automated wildlife camera of a mountain lion on KU’s west campus were not conclusive, Wolfe said.

Wolfe said he would be interested in talking with Dobbins and visiting the site to investigate.
Dobbins, who runs about twice a week along the levee, said she had gone out about 5:20 a.m. Thursday and headed east of the Kansas River bridge.

She had passed the 2.5-mile marker when she saw what she first thought was a dog. It came out of the tree line on her right, into the short grass, about 200 yards away.

“My first thought was ‘leash law?’ because I’m jogging,” she said. “And then I took a closer look at it, and it was not a dog. It was a full-grown, big-sized cat. It was not a bobcat.”
She guessed it was about as large as a German shepherd.

“But it was longer than a dog,” she said. It had a long tail and was light tan in color, she said.
“It crouched down, looking at me. I came to a dead stop,” Dobbins said. She was afraid to turn and run for fear it would chase her.

“So I just walked backward, yelling at him,” she said. But her shouts of “Hey!” didn’t scare it.
“In fact, he stood up and took, like, seven or eight steps and went back down in a crouching position,” she said.

“I was pretty scared,” said Dobbins, who is 5-feet-2 and weighs 110 pounds. She kept backing up and picked up some gravel.

“I didn’t want to be attacked from behind,” she said. “So I walked backward to the mile-and-a-half mark.”

The animal followed, taking seven or eight steps at a time, then stopping to crouch and watch, she said.

Dobbins said she kept backing up, hoping to get to a home along the area that had sheep in a pen where the lion would look at them instead.

“About the time I got to the sheep, he lost interest and he went back into the woods,” she said.
“I took a second look to make sure he wasn’t looking at me,” she said. Then she dashed back to her car in a parking lot by the levee.

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1) the lady in the article was my gym teacher back in the day. she does the ironman every year. hardcore.

2) I ride the trail in the woods around mile marker 2.5 (exactly where the incident took place) almost every day...at least before I got two jobs.

Kinda scary, but I am really bothered by the other wildlife in the area, namely the skunks that I chase down the trail on solo night rides, and then smell on the return loop. I guess my question is...should I buy a dagger and strap it to the side of my camelbak, or just cross my fingers that I never run into said mountain lion?
 

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mtn lion population seams to be on the rise, in the midwest. as we have had a few recent reports on the outskirts of stl as well
 

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I don't doubt that what she saw was a mountain lion. Ranges can expand and do, particularly with the range of coyotes expanding into areas where they typically weren't common in the past. Be careful out there! -GT2005
 

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Tuna bait for mountain lion

"Here kitty, kitty! Here, kitty!" ROTFLMAO! -GT2005

bob46802 said:
im going to bring a can of tuna with me now on and leave it on the trail opened if i encounter something like that.
 

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No Kitty Today

Rode that trail again late this afternoon. It was kinda nerve wracking trying to keep one eye on the trail and the other on the lookout for the kitty.
 

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Yeah, I rode it yesterday right after I posted...half hoping to see the lion, but really praying I didn't. In fact, I saw no wildlife at all, which is odd.

I'll keep looking once the trail dries up after the downpour last night.
 

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I have heard that there are actually a lot more sightings than reported because parks and recs wants to keep people out on the trails.

The levee trail is possibly my favorite trail ever, I have been riding it for almost 8 years now. Nothing technical, just a wicked fast loop of a rollercoaster. When I was up at school (currently home for the summer) I would ride down to that trail every day after class for at least one loop before race season started. Sometimes on the mountain bike, sometimes on the cross bike. I once did a 34 mile road ride to Lawrence, rode a loop on the road bike and rode home.

Damn I can't wait to get back to that town and tear it up.
 

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I'm just gonna strap a sawed off 16 gauge to the drops on the road bike and keep on a rollin
 

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Mongol said:
Wow.... nice to see Lawrence representin'.
No joke...more of us here than I would have thought. The rivertrails are pretty sweet, but I'll take Clinton over it almost anyday. Depends on the moon. Rivertrails are about a mile and a half from my house. Nice to rub out a hot lap on the singlespeed when I get the urge. Which is about everyday.
 
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