If you’re one of the folks who objected to Adam LaRoche’s takedown of a mountain lion, you should probably stop reading. LaRoche was on with the Junkies on Tuesday and went into detail about the hunt, which happened on a family trip to Steamboat Springs, Colo., over the new year’s holiday.
“Everybody was up there skiing, which obviously I can’t do that during the season, so I was gonna try to find an excuse to get up in the mountains and go hunt some,” LaRoche said. “It happened to be mountain lion season and it worked out. It was intense. It’s probably the most physical hunt I’ve ever been on, as far as walking at 10,000 feet and two feet of snow, I found out real quick how out of shape I was.”
LaRoche’s weapon of choice was a traditional bow and arrow, which forced him to get all sorts of intimate with cat in order to take it down.
“You’re pretty close when it’s go-time,” he said. “You’re up close and personal.”
The Nats first baseman explained that his hunts usually involve a good old fashioned bow and arrow.
“I got hooked on that 15 years ago and that’s about all I enjoy doing is bow hunt,” LaRoche said. “So I thought I would try it on a mountain lion. The problem is, you don’t want to screw that up, because that could go bad really quick, as you could imagine. When you come up over the hill, and you’re eye-to-eye with that mountain lion — which I happened to be at about 25 yards — man, it gets your blood flowing, to say the least.”
I’m sure Mike Rizzo will be delighted to hear that one of his starters gets his adrenaline rush by going toe-to-paw with mountain lions in the offseason.
“They’re like most predators. I think the misconception is that they’re hunting us,” LaRoche said in an attempt to put people’s minds at ease. ” They’re pretty shy, as far as humans go, and they will stay away. Problem is, you get one around her young, the same way bears and along that line – predators – or if you get one that’s wounded, they’re definitely not going to be happy about it. It ended up working out great.”
Not for the cat.
After the pic surfaced of LaRoche carrying his kill over his shoulders, there was some backlash from those who objected to the killing of the animal.
“Yes, there was some definite blowback from some of the animal rights people out there. But what can you do about ‘em?” said LaRoche, who then went on to explain that they eat the meat. “Almost like pork, it’s got a light color to it and it’s not bad. So we took it to the processor and then from there it goes to the taxidermist and it ends up on the wall either here at the ranch in Kansas or up in Steamboat.”
Or in the visitor’s clubhouse at Nats Park as a symbolic gesture of “our first baseman is tougher than yours.”