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KLT talk offers look at elusive pumas

by CAROLINE LOBSINGER
Staff Writer | October 5, 2022 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT — Yes, there has been mountain lion activity at the Pine Street Woods.

That's why the Kaniksu Land Trust invited Jim Williams, wildlife biologist and mountain lion expert, to give a talk about his experiences with this elusive animal.

"I love to talk about wildlife and conservation, but I also like to have fun and entertain," he said.

The event will take place on Friday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. inside the "Sled Barn," the red barn at the Pine Street Sled Hill property, 11735 W. Pine. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with beer from MickDuff's being served. KLT has requested that guests bring their own mug or cup to reduce waste.

"This is our first event at this new venue and we are so excited to open the "Sled Barn" to our friends," Marcy Timblin, KLT communications director, said.

While the land trust doesn't yet own the sled hill property, Timblin said the owners have given KLT permission to use it for the event.

"We are still fundraising to purchase the land and details on that can be found at kaniksu.org/savethesledhill," she said.

The Montana-based Sportsman and Ski Haus is sponsoring the event with prizes and giveaways along with a copy of Williams' book, "Path of the Puma" to be given away at the event.

Tickets are $5 with proceeds going toward KLT's conservation work. Tickets can be purchased online at kaniksu.org/events/path-of-the-puma.

The program is just one of many that the land trust has planned in the coming weeks, officials said.

Programs include;

• Saturday, Oct. 15 — "Crazy Hat"– Highway Cleanup Project, 2 p.m. Join KLT for its fall highway cleanup project along Highway 200 near the Idaho Club Golf Course. Prizes for craziest hat, best find and most trash collected will be awarded.

• Saturday, Oct. 15 — Kaniksu Folk School, class on making hammered copper bracelets, 5-8 p.m. Instructor is Weezil Samter; $30 fee. Class size: 8. Register at kaniksu.org/kaniksufolkschool.

• Saturday, Oct. 15 — Kaniksu Folk School, class on spoon carving, 1-5 p.m. All materials and tools will be provided by instructor. Instructor: Matt Honsinger. Cost: $50. Class size: 10. Register at kaniksu.org/kaniksufolkschool.

• Saturday, Oct. 22 — Kaniksu Folk School, class on autumn foraging and remedy making, 9 a.m.-noon. Instructor: Katherine Spann; cost: $45. Class Size: 10 students. Register at kaniksu.org/kaniksufolkschool.

• Saturday, Oct. 22 — Kaniksu Folk School, class on mini tapestry loom weaving, 1-5 p.m. Instructor: Amy O'Hara. Cost: $35. Class size: 12 students. Register at kaniksu.org/kaniksufolkschool.

• Saturday, Oct. 22 — Sled Hill "sneak peek," 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Take a self-guided sneak peek at some of the special features of the sled hill property you can help preserve for the future. Sip the special reserve blends of Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters (or choose tea varietals) paired with pastries crafted by local pâtissiers. Bring your own mug to reduce waste or purchase a commemorative Save the Sled Hill mug at the gate. Tickets are $35 and include five tasting stations. Tickets at  kaniksu.org/happenings.

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Kaniksu Land Trust invited Jim Williams, wildlife biologist and mountain lion expert, to give a talk about his experiences with this elusive animal.