The Possible Terrain Of The Supposed Mountain Lion In Or Around SW Alton – Barnstead.
.by Anura Guruge
The comment ‘yesterday’ from a reader in Barnstead, NH of a possible Mountain Lion sighting could not have come at a better time.
There has been an extraordinary amount of daily interest in my original July post. I am amazed at the number of people doing Google searches of ‘Mountain Lions NH‘ and even ‘Mountain Lions Alton‘ on a DAILY basis. There can’t be that much smoke without some kind of fire.
Funnily enough, as I said in my response to the Comment, we had stopped by the Blueberry Farm on Prospect Mountain Road Monday to find out if they had any interest in the Miller Farm peaches. They didn’t. But while we were there I inquired about the ‘lion’. They reckon it is still there.
This week, on my 6 days a week run, I had also been looking for any spoor given that they had (yet again) graded the road … and on Tuesday there was some moisture. I didn’t see any tracks — other than those left by Maya.
I had also one night, out of idle curiosity, checked Google Maps for the terrain around Prospect Mountain. It is pretty wooded with a paucity of houses. We also know that there is plenty of turkey and deer. So it is probably a good habitat — assuming that there is indeed one lurking around.
So today, using Google Maps I did the following 3 ‘maps’ to give you an idea of what we are talking about in terms of terrain and distances. The distance from Prospect Mountain to Barnstead is not a problem. A mountain lion could have covered that in less than 2 hours of ambling.