So…my life pretty much consists of my family, my house, my pets, my plants, and Facebook. Sad and pathetic, yes I know. But late lastnight RIGHT BEFORE BED, I read one of my posts about a cougar in Lisbon. Laying in a field. …… I could go in all sorts of directions with this, but unfortunately, it was a real cougar – or puma – or mountain lion – or catamount – or big fast sneaky scary cat – however you wish to refer to it – in a town just about 7 miles west and north of where I live. It was spotted. And it’s been stealing sheep.  BLEEPING SHEEP. Have you ever seen a sheep? They’re not mean, in fact, they’re kinda stupid. But they will headbutt a metal fence at a full on run if they’re threatened.

So what do I do? I do what every rational, sane, person does for to-the-minute accurate information, I google it. “cougar sightings in Iowa.” I find sightings from as recent as February 2011. In Iowa City.

Well here’s my thought process:
“Is this a joke? He’s joking. A cougar, that’s silly. Are they bringing wine? haha” O_O “wait. This is a real cougar? A REAL mountain lion? OMG my children play outside. They can NEVER PLAY OUTSIDE AGAIN! But wait, they are nocturnal right? Of course they are. They’re cats. (FYI not true) Oh crap. I have to go outside with the dogs now when they go potty. And carry pepper spray – no wait, I don’t want it to get that close. An air horn. Yeah that’s better. I’m sure the few neighbors that we have would really enjoy a 3 AM air horn blast. Well maybe they’d be OK with it if they knew there was a BLEEPING PUMA in the area. I need a gun.”
I kind of ran with this idea of a mountain lion and I assume it will come prey on my little family because we’re the only ones in the town with small children and dogs. But still. It freaks me out. And we’re surrounded by corn. But we are also right next to the highway with an active train track just on the other side of the highway. So…

But still. A BLEEPING COUGAR! Maybe I’ll bait it with some Chardonnay then spray it with my pepper spray right before I confuse it with my air horn.

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