by Astrid Galvan - Feb. 27, 2010 07:00 AM
The Republic | azcentral.com
Most people try to avoid mountain lions. Mark Healy has a special device that calls them.
Healy's Queen Creek-based business, Wildlife Callers, sells two special calling devices that help hunters attract mountain lions.
The beasts are one of the most difficult animals to call, Healy said.
"Mountain lions were just a new challenge," Healy said. "They're just trophies. The last lion I shot is now a mountain lion rug in my house."
Healy became an avid hunter about 24 years ago. The owner of an insurance company, he decided last year to start a new business that would help him focus on his hobby.
So far, sales for the Mighty Atom 15 and Mighty Atom 21 have been "fantastic" and better than expected, Healy said. The devices are manufactured in New Hampshire.
Healy and his partners market through social media such as Twitter and blogs.
The devices have various calling sounds that can make mixed noises to attract a variety of animals.
But it's mountain lions that Healy gets the biggest thrill out of.
It can take days to successfully call a mountain lion. In about a year, Healy and his partners have called 16 of them.
"The biggest lion that we actually shot and killed was about 127 pounds," said Healy, who lives in Chandler.
And while Healy is in between hunting trips, he's scheduled to be a panelist at the International Sportman's Exposition in Glendale this weekend.
Learn more about big cats and Big Cat Rescue at http://www.bigcatrescue.org