They don't exactly hunt in packs, don't travel in herds and aren't typically thought of as communal beings.
The image of the mountain lion as a stealthy, solitary beast is woven into the fabric of the American West.
And yet there they were on a game trail in Eastern Washington — eight
creatures famous for being loners, all huddled together as if attending
some big-cat block party.
Brad Thomas captured the images a few days before Christmas on a
trail camera, triggered by a motion sensor, set up on private land in
Douglas County. He submitted a disc of photos to cougar experts with the
state. After reviewing and discussing the images among themselves, the
biologists declared the pictures extraordinary — a rare glimpse of
fellowship among the West's common but elusive mountain lions.
"The pictures are 100 percent legit," said Jon Gallie, the assistant
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