I figured I'd give the report I mentioned above a day and google. Just did and it's not yet a news item. The search did open my eyes as to mtn lion incidents near to towns and in metro parks nationwide. Am now recalling story told me 25 years ago by co-worker long gone of sighting in northern Lake Co., Ohio 35 years back or so. He was an outdoorsy type, yet I found it hard to beleive then. It's a jungle out there ! Stay safe.
Post by boolitdesigner on Jan 13, 2017 10:22:05 GMT -5
Not the South, but Southern Illinois. We have cougars here, everybody around has seen them but a couple of us. I only hear them.... like in a snarl while I'm hunting a flock of turkeys, two different times from about 70 yards away while I'm trying to get in the path they'll take. We have bobcats also, I know the difference too. Trail cams show cougars and bobcats as well as a single Lynx pix. All thanks to our State DNR and all of them are illegal to shoot!
There was a big arguement for years that there were none in Indiana.... DNR flat out denied their existance. Worked with a guy whose parents had pics of one running their fence row as well as pics of the pug marks. They finally admitted there was "one" but it was a pet......
"I hate rude behavior in a man.... wint tolerate it" Woodrow F. Call
In my little town in eastern Phoenix Metro there have been multiple sightings of cougars in town. My neighbor said a few years back the house in the other side of his (two houses down) had a cougar sitting on their patio.
2 years ago, one of my kids went to school with a girl whose father is the local animal control. He got a report that there was a mamma cougar with a cub on the western side of town. Had already gotten some pets around the neighborhood. He found them, put the mamma down and sent the cub off to one of the wild life preserves in the area.
I have a friend who lost a cat to the wild animals around here... most likely coyote in that case...
We even had a herd of Javelina attack a lady in town, so they had to put the whole herd down just a few streets away.
This is a bit late but I just found this thread. I lived in coastal Mississippi and had a run in with a cougar there in 2007. It had been stalking me for at least an hour I was aware of. Wasn't sure what was trailing me but I was aware that something was. First time I actually saw it was at about 20 yards and it had already started it's charge. Three rounds of 357 180's fired as fast as I have ever shot them and it's DRT. Called dnr. When they came out, standing right there looking at it, they still denied that they are in the state. Claimed it had to have been an escaped pet. Made the same statement when I sent them trail cam footage of a mother with 2 kittens a few months later.
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Just saw this thread and have to comment on something that happened in Vermont a few years ago. A couple Holstein heifers were killed by a unknown animal (well according to the fish and game). A Mountain lion was seen by a bunch of locals including the farmers and there also are game cam pics taken in the area. By what I was told the state did and continues to deny they exist keep saying the last reported one was killed in 1880 never mind that a cat from north Dakota traveled all the way to Connecticut (and was hit by a car) Don't know why these state fish and wildlife officials keep doing this denying game. They know the big cats are in quite a few places but don't want to admit it either from fear or maybe something there releasing (look what Wyoming did with wolves so it's not out of the question). Really funny thing is most of these state's that claim that they are extinct have huge fines for killing one (huh if they don't exist why are they protected).
Am 51 years young and lived in northeast Mississippi my entire life. There have always been stories of panthers in area many pre-dating my conception. About 15-20 years ago the stories of current sightings began to grow and sources varied from the ultra reliable to the type you know wouldn’t know truth if it bit them. Having killed a few bobcats and seeing many more the signs I was invited over to view while definitely CAT were far to large to be a bob. Late one nite in a rural river bottom I actually got to see one cross highway. The large kitties have large territories and move around a lot to keep themselves feed properly. Leading to multiple sightings of a panther in large area actually being the same cat not a huge panther invasion
MALE MOUNTAIN LIONS HAVE A RANGE OF 100,000 ACRES M/L, WITH FEMALES A HAVING A SMALLER RANGE, AND NOT A LOT OF OVERLAPPING ON RANGES. THEY ALSO DO NOT STAY IN THE SAME AREA LONG. THAT "SYSTEM" HELPS KEEP THE PREY NUMBERS UP.
Post by x101airborne on Nov 2, 2020 8:23:07 GMT -5
My Father clipped one with a 30-30 at a dead sprint back in the 60's in Gonzales County, Tx. I live in Victoria County, Tx and have heard them, never seen one. There is so much open ranch land around here there could be a couple dozen of the cats and no one would see them probably. An old man neighbor of mine who has been ranching since he was born talked about shooting one when he was very young for killing a calf. I asked if he ever told "the Green Jeans"; he said "Hell no! The only one I have told other than my Father is you!" Texans are pretty big on the "Shoot, Shovel and Shut Up" way of doing things.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”