I have been in Bozeman a little over two weeks and have already seen a lot of wildlife. One day after I arrived in Bozeman, I saw a black bear up near Bridger Bowl. The house that I'm renting is near Bear Canyon, and I have seen deer and cottontail rabbits on a regular basis.

Normally, I enjoy wildlife sightings, but that changed a little bit last night. I fell asleep on my couch while watching The Tonight Show. Around 3:30 this morning, I woke to the sound of my dog aggressively barking and growling. She was standing by the window, so I got up to see what had her so worked up. I got up and walked to my door and turned the porch light on. Just as I was about to open the door to go outside, I saw a HUUUUUGE mountain lion run through my front yard and up into the hills behind my house. I walked outside with a flashlight, and shined it in the direction that the mountain lion ran. When I shined it into the trees, I saw a set of eyes staring back at me in the distance. Not going to lie, It really freaked me out.

If you have pets, make sure they're inside and safe when you go to bed at night. I can only imagine what would've happen if my dog was outside and encountered a mountain lion. I probably wouldn't have a dog anymore.