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Video: Lion, bears & more at Catalina Mtn. spring

A recently shot video shows a mountain lion, black bear, a family of Coues deer, a coatimundi and other animals enjoying a natural spring in the Catalina Mountains. Watch as the bear wallows in the cool water, the mountain lion is bedeviled by insects, and catch a snippet of a bear-rattlesnake standoff.

Also captured on video by big-game guide Chip Beiner are a ring-tailed cat and a red-tailed hawk.

Beiner dubbed the mountain spot "Roger Spring."

"It's not on any maps I've ever seen," he said. "It's in the Catalinas in some very difficult terrain."

The snake is a frequent visitor to the pool, probably attracted by mice, small birds and other tasty snacks, Beiner said.

Faced with larger animals, the rattler "generally crawls away, or just stays put," Beiner said. "I don't have any video of it striking at anything."

Beiner set up a motion-sensing camera near the spring, and hopes to capture other wildlife interactions.

Two years ago, his camera captured mountain lions, bears, Coues deer and other animals at the spring.

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Mar 13, 2014, 3:13 pm
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TucsonGirl typed:

That was wonderful…the bear is especially entertaining!!

He (or she….) looks pretty content.

Mar 13, 2014, 11:46 am
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That was wonderful…the bear is especially entertaining!!

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