When you live in the west, you know that life can change literally overnight. People in a Utah community learned this recently as they woke up to learn their neighborhood had been taken over by a very large visitor.
If you happen to drive through Yellowstone National Park at any point in your life, you need to know there is a certain lane designated to you by the bison. For them, it's the middle of the road. For you, it's the shoulder as one recent driver through the park found out.
Everyone has their own way of finding some peace and quiet. For you, it might be a mellow walk down on the Platte River Trails. For me, it's watching a Montana driver get stopped dead in their tracks by hundreds of elk.
If you visit Yellowstone National Park now, you'll find feeding bears solidly in the "don't" column. But, there was an era many years ago when people were not only allowed to feed bears in Yellowstone, the practice was sort of encouraged.
When you go hunting, you hope you'll run into a big buck. You also understand that seeing a mountain lion is a possibility. It's not common though to see both animals in a mortal battle which is what some Colorado hunters witnessed recently.