FOOD CHAIN REALITY CHECK FROM THE TRAIL, COURTESY OF NICK.
Friend of 18milesperhour, Nick Capuano, sent us this photo and some Santa Monica Mountains trailside wisdom that we thought we’d share.
“I thought I would share a pretty extraordinary sight from our trails that I encountered this morning. I was out on a solo ride at about 8am - a roundtrip up Sullivan Canyon to the Nike Missile Tower and back. On the descent I was enjoying some of the side singletracks when, to my surprise, after exiting a wooded area, I came upon the scene in the above picture. Right in the middle of the trail was the carcass of a deer - it was big young buck probably about two years old and about 200 pounds. Needless to say, it was a fairly shocking sight. I stopped for a closer look - there was hardly anything left of it, and it looked like a fresh kill that was the work of a sizable mountain lion … the flies had not even found it. When I got over the initial shock and started taking a few pictures, it occurred to me that I may have interrupted the feeding as I’m sure the cat would have heard my less than delicate approach through the trees, and the cat could well have been observing me. It was an eerie reminder that we are guests in the canyon, especially when juxtaposed with the news of a mountain lion that was killed when it wandered into Santa Monica last week. I just wanted to share. Take care, Nick.”
Thanks Nick. And be careful.