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Camera captures four cougars outside couple’s El Dorado County home

A motion-activated camera captured four mountain lions on Tami and Bob Sutton’s property in Georgetown. The cougars are believed to be a mother and three offspring.
A motion-activated camera captured four mountain lions on Tami and Bob Sutton’s property in Georgetown. The cougars are believed to be a mother and three offspring. Courtesy of Tami and Bob Sutton

Tami and Bob Sutton recently decided to invest in a remote camera that is triggered by movement for their wooded 3-acre El Dorado County property.

Initially, the camera captured the images of deer and birds – “Nothing real exciting,” Tami Sutton said.

Then, after returning from a trip, Bob Sutton reviewed captured images and called for his wife, who was upstairs, to see what he had found – a pride of four mountain lions.

“I looked on his computer, and my jaw just dropped to the floor,” Tami Sutton said. “It was amazing and scary. We were in awe. We still are. It is awe-inspiring that we live where lions live.”

The big cats were photographed Feb. 19 around 2:30 a.m. as they sauntered by the front gate of the Georgetown couple’s property. The area where they live is cougar country, filled with deer that mountain lions prey upon and studded with oak and pine habitat. A neighbor not long ago saw a mountain lion carrying her small dog away. Another local dog went missing about a month ago.

“We have lived on the Georgetown divide for 27 years,” Tami Sutton said. “We know we live amongst the wild animals. We know we have bear, mountain lion and everything in between.”

The Suttons have been told that the pride is probably a mother lion and three offspring.

“We do appreciate the beauty of them,” said Tami Sutton, who along with her husband owns Timberline Realty in Cool. “That’s one of the reasons we live where we do. It’s nature at its best.”

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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