I'm in southeastern Texas and they are certainly here. Seen a couple, saw tracks many other times. About 4 or 5 years ago, a friend and I went to the hunting lease to hunt birds and we walked into the timber about 1/2 mile from the dirt trail. When we came out, we found a large set of cat tracks walking right over our own tracks from earlier. Turned off into the timber at the same place we did. Weird feeling wondering if, how close, how long we were watched or tracked. My 45 Colt stays with me now. Ha!
I live and hunt in Southeast Texas too. And I have seen a couple of enormous Bobcats, but no such big cat. Be neat to get a crack at one though. You would think more game cameras would catch them out and about....
You would think game cam pics would be more frequent. But then, I can have deer tracks right in front of mine, and just pictures of squirrels. Haha!
Agree that it would be very nice to get a crack at one.
Some years back now, in Kelletville Penn., in the middle of the Allegheney Nat'l Forest is a bar owned by "Cougar Bob". Asked him about it one day soon after he he become the owner. Never saw a bar tender shut up sp fast. Always wondered why ? From that area, on towards Marienville Penn., is a section of the forest that was designated to return to Wilderness status. This where they released the "bad" bears live trapped from dumps or camp areas from the surrounding areas. I found out the hard way, this where much of my bear run-ins took place. I looked for emptyiest spot on the topo maps to hunt, fish, hike,backpack and camp. They looked for the biggest blank spot on the map too. A likely place for a cougar to take up residence.
I watched a Cougar stalk a Coues Deer in the Mountains of the Tonto National Forest....advantage Coues Deer. Back home a few years ago, I was coming in from still hunting deer and creeping through a wooded portion of our property - I heard three lowd growls directly across a creek about 30 - 40 feet to my left and all hell broke loose through the brush. I was talking to a neighbor that is a serious hunter, trapper and taxidermist and he told me that this was a cougar and that he had seen three over his lifetime. During the following months, our other neighbor saw the big cat in the back pasture on two occasions. This is the Cross Timbers Region of the Red River (Texas side).
Well, it seems slightly closer to the camera than the deer was, maybe an issue in judging size ? Not experienced enough with field cam pics/vids. Why is it that suspicious critter pics are always blurred ? The deer and whole scene are clear enough. No, it's not that the cat was running, the scene around him blurred too, compared to the deer scene. Hmmnnn.. It does look big for house cat, too long for coyote, too..
Went to a local bar n grill with my wife and her parents last night. I noticed several cougars hanging around the bar sipping on various cocktails. I mentioned the phenomenon to my wife, but she was not impressed with the sighting nor my attempt at humor.
Alrighty then, just got text, a cam trap baited with roadkill has been set in a metro park that's between me and 'burb where I work. On steelhead water near childrens sled hill no less. Friend is nuisance coyote trapper in that area. I'll not name county or park yet, will give them time to do their job first. My old 'hood actually. This almost has to be a released pet of some kind. Not even my imagination can see a breeding pop. making it's way there. We'll see. I'll try to post more if I hear more. Stay safe folks.