"Up in the mountains, you've got to round up the cattle on foot. And you look for a place like this to sleep. This is where I curl up when we do the roundup."One time, I was getting into a little place like this to get out of the wind when I heard a puma [mountain lion] growling. We see them skulking around high in the mountains, but we rarely get very close."They kill a lot of the calves. A lion will attack even a 2-year cow. It jumps on its back and rips its throat with its claws."Between the condor and the lions, we're lucky if half the mountain calves survive."But one time I was looking for a place to get out of the wind. There was a nice little nook I was headed for when I heard the lion growl. I looked up. And it was almost right on top of me."We say lions are cowards. They almost never attack humans. But this one was coming right at me."I had a saddle blanket. I held it up to protect myself. I backed away...and yelled at the lion. It just stood there growling on top of the rock."And then I realized what had happened. There were two lion cubs in that cave. I got out of there as fast as I could."
"We need that sepo. The round-up is in a few weeks. Without a sepo, it's almost impossible to vaccinate cows."And we know where it is. Those [Natalio named the family that he thinks stole the sepo] must have it. They've always been a problem. My brother says they stole his calves."If this were the old days, we would ride out, find our sepo, take it back, beat them up, and burn down their houses, too."But those days are gone. Now, they get away with anything and we have to respect the law."