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Mountain lions swim across Shasta Lake; fisherman and his son get a close, close look

One of two mountain lions swimming across the Pit River arm of Shasta Lake gets close to a boat crewed by Kevin Alexander and his son Blake on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.
One of two mountain lions swimming across the Pit River arm of Shasta Lake gets close to a boat crewed by Kevin Alexander and his son Blake on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. Video image

Kevin Alexander and his son Blake were fishing on Shasta Lake on Sunday, Nov. 13, when something unusual – really unusual – caught their eyes: two mountain lions swimming in the open water of the Pit River arm of the big reservoir north of Redding.

Kevin Alexander recorded video and took still photos of the big cats, which were, at one point, just a few feet from his boat, capturing images not only of the animals but also getting Blake into the frame.

The mountain lions continued to the steep bank on the far side of the lake and ran up into the brush. The Alexanders went home with more than a fish story.

More mountain lion video: A camera at Kenwood Vineyard’s Jack London Vineyard at Jack London State Historic Park caught these mountain lions in action.

Even mountain lions love hanging out among the vines on Kenwood Vineyards property. The winery's camera at its Jack London Vineyard at Jack London State Historic Park caught these wild, four-legged friends taking their own interest in the art of w

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