“Waking up face to face with a South Texas mountain lion is a “wild experience” I rounded a bend in the brush and there less than 40 feet uphill, sat a male lion… Looking at a buck deer drinking unaware at the waterhole…  When his glowing yellow eyes turned from the deer to me and the massive shoulders tensed… I wished for my old short barrel brush rifle left in my truck instead of the heavy camera sung on my shoulder… In a deadly fluid motion, the big cat crouched lower his burning eyes and every muscle fixed on me… I came out of shock and finally got my legs to move me 3 or 4 steps up the hill exposing my full height and human form…  The lion melted into the brush and “it was over”… I went back the next day to look at his tracks…
Circling buzzards, big paw prints and fresh deer kill finished the story…”