A Sound I’ll Never Forget…


Photos courtesy of the Santa Cruz Puma Project

Today at 3:00 a.m., I woke up and realized I left something important in my car. I needed to get it, so I walked up the hill to our driveway. It was pitch black outside and brrrrrrrrrr…cold!!!!

On my way to my car, I heard the chickens rustling loudly, and I thought maybe a few raccoons had been around. As I began opening our wooden gate, I heard a very low, rumbling, resonant growl the likes of which I’ve never heard before. It sounded like a mountain lion’s growl.

My gut told me whatever made that noise was NO dog! I can’t prove it, but I swear it was a mountain lion. 

I fled back to the house. Running away from a mountain lion is exactly what you aren’t supposed to do – it can provoke a mountain lion to attack you! You’re supposed to make yourself look big, i.e. raise your arms up high and yell.  

After I heard that unforgettable sound, I stood still inside our house for a good 20 minutes, trembling from fear, thinking about what took place.

We live in mountain lion country. Recently, mountain lions have been spotted a few minutes up our street, so it’s entirely plausible that my gut was right. 

It’s their home as well as ours, but that growl was one of the most frightening sounds I’ve ever heard. (It sounded a lot like the growl at this link.)

And I’m grateful to that mountain lion because it didn’t attack me. That’s not the way this gal wants to go – oh, my dear mountain lion/neighbor, if you’re going to come after me, please wait until my book Birth of a New Brain is published in October! 

Dyane’s memoir Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder with a foreword by Dr. Carol Henshaw (co-author of The Modern Management of Perinatal Psychiatry) will be published by Post Hill Press in October 2017.


21 thoughts on “A Sound I’ll Never Forget…

    • I’m so happy you laughed at the end, I giggled when I wrote it – your comment truly made my day!!! XOXO Thank you!

  1. Well that was a great prelude to introducing your upcoming book or should I say transitioning ? Just be careful out there my darling daughter. You asked me what I wanted for my birthday/ A groundhog perhaps but definitely not a mountain lion.

  2. Incredible sound effect! Hearing that growl would definitely freak me out. I, too, live in mountain lion country. Pets have been eaten. Bicyclists killed and mauled. We encroached on their territory.

    I’ve once saw a mountain lion up close in San Diego backcountry. Once saw large paw prints in the dust in a Chatsworth park (no we were not at a porno filming, even though Chatsworth is the porn film industry capital). Once felt hairs raise up on the back of my neck when mountain biking a couple of miles from my home when my son and I spotted a herd of deer. I could feel that we, like the deer, were being stalked from the other side of the bike path.

  3. Wow, I’m so glad you got away (and not just because I want to read your book, though that is part of it)!!! There needs to be some sort of lion repellent, a spray to carry with you at all times in lion-heavy regions. Here in Florida I need something to ward off alligators and irate pink flamingos. I don’t think pink flamingos growl as loud as mountain lions though).

    I really enjoyed your post, despite the danger you were in. I’m just glad it had a happy ending!!!! 🙂

  4. HUGS AND THANKS YOU’RE OKAY AND I’M SHOUTING CUZ I’M TOO TIRED TO TURN it off there we go. 🙂 But seriously, what a nasty moment! I’d still be shaking days after. Yowza!

  5. Ha my captain , where would I have started any grieving journey? No please no, don’t go out at 3 am again… Anyways, please be careful. Loads of love, your Fairy God Mother

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  7. Dyane!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my God!!!!! This story freaks me out because we totally get mountain lions where we are as well and I’d hate to have an encounter like this. I’m so so glad you’re OK. Oh man. Sorry I’ve been MIA. I need to catch up on your blog!!! Love you XOXOXO ❤💚💛💜💞💕

  8. Scaryyyyyy!! DiDi I’m sorry if I haven’t commented on your posts lately! For some reason they’re not coming up in my feed anymore! Must investigate…luv u…

    • No worries!!! Thanks for checking out this crazy big cat encounter..I wish Ulla was here…she’d really got a kick out of this, wouldn’t she? Lots of love to you, my fiery one! Xoxo

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