DI004 Hideaway

This adult mountain lion was hiding from the photographer under a rocky ledge in the cliffs above the Strawberry River. Although sightings of these large cats are uncommon, people visiting the West can usually find cougar tracks in fresh snow near wintering mule deer herds. Outdoor Life used a cropped version of "Hideaway" on the cover of the February 2001 issue to show the sneaky, elusive nature of these big cats.  Outdoorlife also plans to user this image on the header page of their web sometime during the summer of 2003.