|"Stinky" in November 2018.|
(Here is CPW's news release about her.)
I called her "Stinky," for lack of a better name. She soon gained a cage-mate, another kitten from down the Arkansas River in Otero County, whose even more antisocial demeanor — a good thing, really — earned him the nickname of "Hissy." He would hide inside a hollow log in the enclosure, peer out, and hiss in the most hostile manner that he could.
|"Stinky" six months later. She is crossing |
the hollow log but would not fit inside it.
This was Stinky at the end of May, when she and Hissy were deemed sufficiently grown to be released into their original territories. They weighed 50–60 pounds, Hissy being a bit larger.
So I thought back to the case of Travis Kauffman, who got his fifteen minutes of fame last February when he "fought off" and killed a mountain lion west of Fort Collins.
A subsequent necropsy put the little lion's weight at 24 pounds (9 kg.) So it weighed maybe half or less what Stinky weighed upon release.
Kauffman stomped a kitten, albeit a big one.
I and everyone else who wrote about that thought that he had been attacked, his running triggering a predatory reflex.
But the rehabber had a different view. She pointed out that Kauffman's injuries were on his front, whereas a mountain lion normally attacks from the rear or side. She thought he was probably bent over the kitten snapping photos with a smartphone when it literally got in his face.
The kitten was big enough to scratch him up, but not big enough to take him down.
Part 1 here
Part 2 here
Part 3 here