“If you spot a mountain lion,” a man once told me at a party, “that means the mountain lion has seen you for the past couple miles. And that means you’re in trouble, because it means that the mountain lion wants you to see him.”
“Well,” I asked my stoic buddy, “what do you do if you see a mountain lion?”
His ominous answer: “You fight to the death.”
Luckily, we now have another option. You can simply present a flagstick to the lion and watch it have a ball with its new toy.
Take a look at the 18th hole of this golf course in Arizona, where spectators wisely kept their distance from the huge cat that intruded on their recreation—only to watch (and record) as it began playing with the flagstick.
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The king of the mountain truly looks like a regular house cat playing with a ball of yarn, and gosh darn it, it’d be so cute if only we didn’t know that it could climb over a 12-foot fence, soar 15 feet up a tree, and sprint at speeds of up to 50 mph.
Although mountain lions don’t usually attack humans—which is good news for my friend from the party—it’s probably best for anyone who spots a mountain lion on a golf course to stay back—or, at the very least, let it play through.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.