Big Sur is ideal hunting grounds for mountain lions, also called cougars and pumas. While deer are their favorite prey, they will also feed on mice, squirrels, porcupines, beavers, rabbits, and…mountain lions. Males can weigh up to 180 pounds and jump 15 feet high and 40 feet in length. There are about 30,000 mountain lions in the western United States. They live up to 12 years old in the wild.
If you see one do not duck or run. Stand tall; back away; make noise, and fight back if attacked.
The California Condor is one of the world’s largest (nine foot wing-span) and rarest birds. In 1987 there were only 22 found in the wild, all in the hills north of Santa Barbara. By 2012, about 300 existed, approximately half in the wild and half in captivity.
17,000 elephant seals live near Piedras Blancas, a lookout point on the beach seven miles north of San Simeon. The area is open 365 days per year. Admission is free. For more local information visit Friends of the Elephant Seal.
Killer Whales - year round
Humpback whales – April through December
Blue whales – June through October
Gray whales – December through May