Life On The Rocks In Tucson, Arizona

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This Mountain Lion is checking out her domain.

These cats are called Cougars in other parts of the west.  Here in Arizona, they're Mountain Lions.

Elsewhere in the West, and in most parts of country, I've heard these big cats called Cougars.  Here in Arizona we call them Mountain Lions.  You've read stories in the past few years about joggers in California being attacked by them.

It's not hard to imagine.  These are very powerful animals.  This one lives with its mate at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ.  It's only three miles from our home in the Tucson Mountains, and a few years ago, my Darlin' and I saw one of these in our backyard.

Whatever you may call it, it's magnificent!

Whenever out-of-town guests come to Tucson, the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum is my favorite place to take them.  Listed as one of the 10 best Zoos in the world, it's been here since the 1950's, and every year it gets better.  Bring the kids; the place is all about education, and much of what's here provides kids with hands-on enjoyment.  If you come to visit Tucson, call me; we'll take you, too.

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Comments (27)

Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
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Wow!  Arizona still is the old west in many areas.  One of the first things people told us when we moved to the desert was to keep pets indoors because of Coyotes and Mountain Lions.


Thanks for the encouragement!  She is one magnificent animal.

Mike in Tucson

Dec 13, 2008 10:47 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Thanks for the "heads up".  I was out all day yesterday and quite a few posts got behind me. 

These shots are fabulous. 

And to think that some folks think the desert doesn't have much to see.  What I find equally fascinating in these photos is the rock formations.  I'm always in "awe" when I see rock formations that show strata, color and natural upheavals.   Imagine the energy involved. 


Dec 13, 2008 11:18 PM
Linda Scanlan
A Consumer's View - Burleson, TX

Wow, Mike! What a gorgeous cat! Your photos are spectacular as well. I love the one where he's looking at you. Have you ever heard them scream??  It's bone chilling. Thanks for the email!

Dec 13, 2008 11:28 PM
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

I love to watch the big cats they are very impressive animals.

Dec 14, 2008 10:13 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
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They sure are!


I have heard that while hiking in the Coronado National Forest.  Bone-chilling is an apt description!


Thanks for saying so!  I appreciate color and shades of color so much more since moving to the desert ten years ago.  Early morning and late evening paint the landscape with an unbelievable palette.

Mike in Tucson

Dec 14, 2008 12:59 PM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

These cats are beautiful animals. There's something about all that strength and beauty combined that is really fascinating. Now I hope you used a really long-range zoom to get those shots =/  And yes, this should be in the Things to Do/Places to Visit group. I see it's in now. Did you put it back, or did it magically reappear? I know AR has been making a LOT of changes. Do you think it could have been a system change screwup?

Dec 14, 2008 03:37 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


I included this post initially, but then I was reading your guidelines and wondered if it met them.  It was never taken out by a moderator.  Thanks for coming by to comment!

Mike in Tucson

Dec 14, 2008 10:29 PM
Thesa Chambers
West + Main - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon

What beautiful photos - cougar or mountain lion either way these are majestic cats - they are so agile and so strong - we have cougars and bob cats -

Dec 15, 2008 01:38 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


They certainly are!  Thanks for coming by to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Dec 15, 2008 02:06 PM
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


I love zoos, and your pictures are great!!! Thanks,   Fran

Dec 15, 2008 02:07 PM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Mike, I was wondering how you got such close up pictures.  That is quite the natural habitat.  I love kitties but I don't think I would want one in my back yard.

Dec 15, 2008 03:26 PM
Karen Cooper
Karen Cooper | Sr Mortgage Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | First Federal Bank of Florida, Ocala, FL - The Villages, FL
Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States

Mike - The Arizona Sonoran Desert Zoo sounds like our kind of place! We have "cougars" in our neck of the woods, much smaller than the beauties you have displayed so wonderfully for us here. Hope you have/had a wonderful visit with your family.

Dec 16, 2008 07:44 AM
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

Those are spectacular photos of a mountain lion(s).  We have them here in Utah, but not in St. George where I'm located. 

Dec 16, 2008 12:11 PM
Eileen Begley
Coldwell Banker, DelMonte - Carmel, CA
Monterey Real Estate

Hi Mike; Beautiful photos!  We have them on the Monterey Peninsula sometimes too.  We had one hanging out in a neighborhood at one point. You can imagine that disclosure!

Dec 16, 2008 01:16 PM
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

WOW!! I absolutely love photos of animals. These are spectacular!!! ~GBU~

Dec 17, 2008 01:46 AM
Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography - Bryant Payden
B. Payden Photography, LLC - Manassas, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography


Great images and a great post! Thanks for sharing! I am marking this for a "Feature" on Things to do/Places to visit group! Keep up the good work.

Happy Holidays!!!

Dec 17, 2008 05:24 AM
Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

Mike, That is one majestic looking cat.  Fantastic photos.  Thanks for sharing.

Jan 11, 2009 03:06 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


You're welcome.  Thanks for coming by to comment.


Thanks for the Feature!  I appreciate your group here in the Rain.


God bless you too!  I know He has.


They can be a problem in the wild.  (And the "not so wild.")


Both photos are of the same lion.


We had a great time.  Thanks for commenting.


It's the magic of a 10X zoom.


Thanks for the encouragement!

Mike in Tucson

Jan 11, 2009 01:50 PM
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Mike - beauiful photographs. I could not imagine seeing one in your backyard, that would get your attention for sure!

Jan 13, 2009 01:57 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


It certainly did in our case.  Thanks for commenting, and especially for the kind words about the photos.

Mike in Tucson

Jan 13, 2009 07:59 PM