Wow! That is one huge cougar! From what I have read, they don't always "clean up their plate". In other words, they might kill a deer today, but not completely eat it before killing another. Just like your typical house cat that likes to play with its food, it really likes to kill, and only eat what it takes to satisfy it at the time. Then it will move on to another.
Like you said, it probably killed a deer every day, but didn't necessarily eat the whole thing. Then again, from it's size, it might have taken a whole der to fill it up!
That's a brute, and a good one to get out of the woods.
I remember when Peavine used to be if not wilderness then at least still wild. Now with the almost cancerous urban growth & sprawl from Reno to Verdi to Truckee and north up to and beyond the NV/CA border, this area is turning more into a playground for hiking staffs & mountain bikes. It's nice to see there's still some wild Nevada left there. The cats left can't hold a candle to the damage done to the deer herds because of expanding subdivisions and recent fires destruction of habitat.
That's without question a big cat and I'm sure it did take a lot of deer from your area. Hopefully the deer can take advantage of the reprieve because I bet it won't be long before another one takes his place enjoying the venison snacks in your area. I forget how many deer a year they estimate that a lion kills every year but the number is huge. Thanks for the picture.
I have a friend who loves to use deer feeders that will hold like 5- 40 pound bags of feed or corn, and wants help hauling them deep into the woods where he has amazingly located the perfect spot for this 30 pound battery operated tripod that will only be there for a couple of weeks each year. My suggestion to him was to build some kind of light weight gravity feeder that could be strapped to a tree or a fence post if permenant, and this is what we came up with. I am...