_A Wenatchee hunter has a right to be proud for his photo showing a pride of mountain lions on the Douglas County ranch where he has permission to hunt.The black and white trail-cam image, which shows eight cougars in one spot, has gone viral in Northwest websites and e-mail lists since he first released it to acquaintances on Christmas Day. Wildlife enthusiasts were in awe of the scene, which few people will see in their lifetimes. Alarmists were ready to take up arms against the lion onslaught on the Central Washington deer population.
Skeptics assumed it was just another Internet hoax -- at best just a hungry pen of cougars in a zoo. But a Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologist who received a CD of this photo and all of the hunter's remote camera cougar images raised his eyebrows and called it, "a magnificent one-time observation; not unheard of, but it's very rare." "Cougars are notoriously territorial," said Jon Gallie, the state wildlife biologist in Wenatchee. "Seeing eight in one spot is a wildlife jackpot."