“This may be a first… A couple from Montana were out riding on the range, he with his rifle and she (fortunately) with her camera. Their dogs always followed them, but on this occasion, a mountain lion decided that he wanted to stalk the dogs (you’ll see the dogs in the background watching). Very, very bad decision.
Because he wasn’t actually mountain lion hunting, the hunter got off the mule with his rifle and decided to shoot in the air to scare away the mountain lion, but before he could get off a shot it charged in and decided he wanted a piece of those dogs. With that, the mule took off and decided HE wanted a piece of that mountain lion. That’s when all hell broke loose!
As the mountain lion approached the dogs, the mule snatched him up by the tail and started whirling him around. Banging its head on the ground on every pass. Then he dropped it, stomped on it and held it to the ground by the throat. The mule then got down on his knees and bit the thing all over a couple of dozen times to make sure it was dead, then whipped it into the air again, walked back over to the couple (that were stunned in silence) and stood there ready to continue his ride as if nothing had just happened.
Fortunately, even though the hunter didn’t get off a shot, his wife got off these four pictures.”
Here’s what I think happened… these hunters were actually mountain lion hunting and the dogs treed this cat. After they shot the lion, they went to load it on the mule and he freaked out. Luckily someone was there to take photos because it makes for a great story. What do you think?