October 29, 1986 |
For more than 30 years, Phil Pister, a California Department of Fish and Game biologist, has been packing into the eastern Sierra Nevada wilderness and camping for weeks at a time. It is ideal mountain lion habitat, and scores of the big cats live there. So how many mountain lions has Pister seen in those 30 years? None, he said. "I've seen their tracks, but I've never personally seen a lion."