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Video: Mountain lions in lair, raccoon outfoxes dinner plans

A trio of mountain lions frequenting a cave near Tucson, and a raccoon making off like a bandit with a bunny meant for a fox's dinner are featured in recent videos shot by a local big-game guide.

Chipper Beiner spotted the cave while he was out hunting with his hound dogs.

"When I crawled threw the brush into it it was cool and wet and has tons of bones laying around. There are bones from several kinds of animals including Coues deer and javelina," he said.

Beiner set up a small motion-sensing camera to capture video of the animals using the cave, for which he declined to provide a specific location.

The three big cats — Beiner believes they are two nearly grown male cubs and their mother — "use the cave during the day ... every 10 days or so. Sometimes they were there several days."

Beiner left his camera in place for about two months, he said. The mountain lions and other animals use it to "sleep the day away."

A different lone female cat also sometimes uses the cave, Beiner said. "A gray fox also uses the cave almost every day except when the lions are there. I also got video of a raccoon skunk and ringtail cat," he said.

One of Beiner's videos shows the fox stashing a dead rabbit, with a raccoon later making off with the dinner-to-be.

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"The fox is a badass killer. He gets a mouse or rat almost every day," Beiner said. "He seems to have another hole way in the back he disappears into."

"I have seen one other cave similar to this but it's in Mexico," he said.

Last year, Beiner caught video of a mountain lion, black bear, a family of Coues deer, a coatimundi and other animals enjoying a natural spring in the Catalina Mountains. You can 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.

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