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mikel 07-03-2012 04:35 PM

Mt Lion attack in Ca
 
There was thread not long ago about wolves and if they posed a danger to humans. Mt Lions are plentiful out here, and they do see small people as a possible meal. Much scarier to me than a black bear....-Mike

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theboz 07-03-2012 06:57 PM

Re: Mt Lion attack in Ca
 
Article in the paper today cougar not Demi Moore spotted by the Delaware River. Last known mountain lion in this area 1860!

fredaevans 07-03-2012 07:19 PM

Re: Mt Lion attack in Ca
 
Upper Rogue River Valley has a very healthy population of the Kitty Cats. Further south you get (Medford-Ashland) the higher the population due to very large number of deer.

webrx 07-03-2012 07:23 PM

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We have them in Reno as well, though they pretty much shy away from people. I have seen signs of them, but not kittys have bothered me when I was fishing. Maybe they dont like my deet aftershave ;)

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mikel 07-07-2012 01:21 PM

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Final thought/prediction: As the Ca mtns dry out thru this summer, more big cats are going to be in the news. The So Cal mtn environment will drive starving cats down into the fringes of Orange County and there will be more than one attack on hikers/joggers at dusk on the trails down there.

Too many people, no water, an increasing cat population = somebody will get bit.

Hope I'm wrong, but I'm gonna watch my back around sundown if I'm trekking.

-Mike

Hardyreels 07-07-2012 01:33 PM

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Originally Posted by theboz (Post 469055)
Article in the paper today cougar not Demi Moore spotted by the Delaware River. Last known mountain lion in this area 1860!

John,

I made a positive ID on a Mountain Lion at close range on September 19, 1982 in Cogan Station PA. I lived in a very sparsely populated area north of Williamsport and although between 82 & 87' I saw two other animals that were in all likelihood Mountain Lions I stop short of stating that they were. The date and animal I site stood in front of my 1982 Chevy in the high beams for about 2 - 4 seconds before bounding into the bush. I was at full stop because it literally walked out of the brush on the right side of my road and I was traveling slow. I braked and hit the high beam and it walked until it paused for the couple seconds I mentioned. Broadside at perhaps 30 feet, maybe 80 - 90 pounds. I never reported that incident and only shared with best friend and family.

theboz 07-07-2012 04:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Hardyreels (Post 469767)
John,

I made a positive ID on a Mountain Lion at close range on September 19, 1982 in Cogan Station PA. I lived in a very sparsely populated area north of Williamsport and although between 82 & 87' I saw two other animals that were in all likelihood Mountain Lions I stop short of stating that they were. The date and animal I site stood in front of my 1982 Chevy in the high beams for about 2 - 4 seconds before bounding into the bush. I was at full stop because it literally walked out of the brush on the right side of my road and I was traveling slow. I braked and hit the high beam and it walked until it paused for the couple seconds I mentioned. Broadside at perhaps 30 feet, maybe 80 - 90 pounds. I never reported that incident and only shared with best friend and family.

Ard I believe it and I understand why anyone would share it with family and friends and no further. It's like your reporting Bigfoot. DEC has this notion that no one knows what they see and everyone is seeing a bobcat. When a full grown male got loose from the wildlife rehab center a mile from my house a neighbor called to report it and they told her she was mistaken. The next day it was captured by the wildlife rehab behind her house.
Personnally I have never seen one here but my fishing buddy's wife has seen one on multiple occasions kayaking up the upper Lehigh. DEC tells her she's mistaken on every report. The woman has a masters in biology and has studied animals on 3 continents.The guy who reported the most recent sighting is an experienced outdoorsman and no nonsense type of fellow.
The Pocono Record did a front page article on the many sightings and the DEC is oblivious.
Our area is overrun with coyotes with wolf DNA where less than 50 years ago there were none around. If they can repopulate an area no reason not to believe a few big cats can't find there way. Tons of food. The deer population as always is huge!
I guess it will take an attack or a road kill before they see the light !

Hardyreels 07-07-2012 04:51 PM

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It could seem uncanny that I would remember the exact date (and time 9:40 PM) but I was preparing to leave for Maine the following morning. I used to go up every fall to fish Land Locks through the end of September. I have a thing for dates and occurrences; did real well in History exams :D

baseman1 07-07-2012 05:58 PM

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Our natural resources department has the same view. According to them there are no cougars in the area. I have personally seen one along with a number of other people seeing them and they still said nope just a large lynx (with a 6 foot tail). A guy shot one that was attacking his cattle and they wrote it off again. We have the same "coyotes" here that are actually a mix of 2 different types of wolves (red and grey) and coyotes and again they are denying this fact. I have seen packs of 20-30 of them in fields in the winter which is not a common coyote trait.

theboz 07-07-2012 06:18 PM

Re: Mt Lion attack in Ca
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by baseman1 (Post 469805)
Our natural resources department has the same view. According to them there are no cougars in the area. I have personally seen one along with a number of other people seeing them and they still said nope just a large lynx (with a 6 foot tail). A guy shot one that was attacking his cattle and they wrote it off again. We have the same "coyotes" here that are actually a mix of 2 different types of wolves (red and grey) and coyotes and again they are denying this fact. I have seen packs of 20-30 of them in fields in the winter which is not a common coyote trait.

AMAZING!Ignorance! Like I said you would think you were calling in Bigfoot.


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