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High Sierra Mountain Lion Encounter Caught on Video

On the first day of a backpacking trip in the High Sierra, two hikers came face to face with a mountain lion. They got proof.

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Brian McKinney and Sam Vonderheide were just starting a two-week adventure toward Mount Whitney when they ran into a surprise: a mountain lion. Lucky for them, the cat didn’t follow them when they retreated. Lucky for everyone else, they captured the encounter on video.

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