Author Event – Ghostwalker: Tracking a Mountain Lion’s Soul through Science and Story
With Author Leslie Patten – Saturday, November 3, 1:00 pm
Booksigning & Presentation – Free
When the author encounters mountain lion tracks near her home, she embarks on a journey to learn about these elusive animals.
What is the essence of a mountain lion?
Ghostwalker: Tracking a Mountain Lion’s Soul through Science and Story attempts to answer this very question. When Leslie Patten encounters their ethereal presence on the snowy landscape near her home outside Yellowstone Park— their tracks, sign, and trail camera images— she was left to ponder where they were and what they were up to.
We follow Patten’s journey as she wanders winter after winter along a rocky peninsula she dubs “Cougar Flats.” We learn alongside her where to find lion kills, what these kills look like, and how to discern the tell-tale signs of lions. Ghostwalker is a book for the general public, relying heavily on compelling teaching stories told by professionals, along with the author’s personal tales. History, lore, science, are all seamlessly combined to unclothe the mysteries of America’s most elusive, secretive predator.