I don’t know about you, but mountain lions aren’t the first thing that come to mind when I think about Orange County, California. I usually default to trashy reality shows, absurdly expensive homes, stupid-ass designer brands that are only expensive because that’s what they’ve determined their self-worth is, and lots and lots of plastic surgery.
I hate to stereotype an entire county in that fashion, but I think Orange County hasn’t done itself any favors in their branding.
That’s why I was extremely surprised to learn that mountain lions live in the hills of Orange County, and that two hikers nearly ran into one just earlier this week. Who would have thought that something actually cool could live in such a lame place? 🤣
The video below is from photographer @markgirardeau of his recent encounter. Notice how he stands his ground and makes loud noises to scare off the lion.
Well done Mark, and way to use your wits out there.