Once an animal develops a taste for human flesh, it does not stop. I'm sure that the recent fires decimated the cougar's natural prey and it found an easy alternative source of food. Face it, humans are slow and relatively defenseless, against an 80-lb cat.
Our mountain lions have been sticking to their own ranges, lately. We DO have problem with rabid bobcats, though. On Monday, a bobcat attacked a groundskeeper, at Ventana Country Club. The cat's corpse was subsequently found and has tested positive for rabies.
Also on Monday, another bobcat attacked a woman, in her yard. It got away and turned up, Tuesday, in a driveway. As it prepared to attack a woman, her husband pushed her out of the way and bore the brunt of the attack. The cat retreated and then returned. The man chased it away, with a pichfork.
Later that day, it attacked a Shar-pei, which had to be euthanized, as it was not up-to-date on its rabies shot. Wednesday, the cat was spotted by an electric company crew, from a cherry-picker. At every sighting, the cat was reported as foaming at the mouth and puddles of foam were found at each site.
It is surmised that the cat is dead by now. Foaming is a sign of end-stage rabies and the animal usually dies within 48 hours. Fish & Wildlife want to find the body, though. Anything feeding on the corpse or anybody handling it, can be exposed to the disease.
This outbreak is being traced to rabid foxes, coming out of the Rincon Mountains, east of town. A major fire, last summer, has driven them into populated areas. Last week, a rabid fox nipped a woman, in Sabino Canyon.
Ike is current on his shots and Pearl is getting hers, tomorrow. She's good until the end of February but, I'll feel better doing it now. The most recent bobcat sighting was about 5 miles from my house.