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September 21'st 1981, 9:35 PM

I brought my car to a full stop and had one stand for at least 2 - 3 seconds in the light of my high beam headlights when it crossed the road in front of me in Cogan Station Pennsylvania. Then with one powerful lunge it disappeared into the hollow.

That is as accurate as it gets.
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My story hardly counts because you expect to see them in Montana. The story has an interesting twist though.

A few years ago I had rented a cabin for three weeks in Whitefish Mt. (just a bit outside and southwest of Glacier national park). One night it snowed lightly and the next morning there were Mountain lion tracks circling the cabin. They had wolf tracks on top of them. I mentioned it at the bar across the street. Story was that the mountain lions were having a hard time due to the recent re-insertion of some wolves. The new wolf pack was locked into the area by two older packs (F&G "managed" fiasco). Anyway, the lions range covered all three packs domain and more but there was no place that they weren't constantly crossing and being tracked and killed by the wolves. The extra pressure from the imballance was threatening the already thin population of big cats.

Its quite a mental distraction when trying to fish beautiful beaver ponds and spring creeks and I couldn't help feeling watched. I never saw cat or wolf on that trip though...just the tracks (thank goodness).
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About 10 or 15 years ago, a young colt was killed by an animal in Jefferson Co., WV. The DNR said it was wild dogs, but I talked with several people who lived in the area and said that the marks on the colt's body was NOT dogs. It was claw marks.

Aside from this, my uncle swears that he saw one at one end of the New River Gorge Bridge in southern WV.

My father and I have talked about this at several points over the year. I agree with him. The WV DNR will vehemently swear that there are no cougars (or mountain lions) in WV (outside of some seedy bars, of course). I believe that if they did admit that there were a small population, it could cost them (the DNR) a butt load of money because cougars are considered endangered. Extra resources would have to be rounded up to monitor them. This is a headache that they don't want, so it's better to say that there are none.

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I will believe when I see a picture of one..
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I was at the Quabbin the other day walking with my kids and I was told to watch out for cougers by one of the state police officers who is posted there.
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There were 2 panthers released into the wild in SW VA about 10 years ago. A friend of mine lives down on the river and said that he would see them nearly every morning in the field across from his house. About that time many farmers were complaining of losing livestock in the area. My guess is that they are no longer around, chances are they made someone a very nice rug
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A few weeks ago our friends in Casper, WY mentioned that they had seen lion tracks in the snow on their deck behind the house. They live on Casper Mountain just south of, and overlooking Casper. Then a few days ago they mentioned that one of their neighbors across the road had seen a lion in the driveway in front of their house. About an hour ago they sent the pictures below. This is one pretty good sized cat. His apparent lack of fear or respect for people makes for an uncomfortable feeling when you go outside in the middle of the day. He appears to be in good condition.
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That doesn't look like a small cat! I would hate to step out the door to be greeted by that thing.
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JJ: Those photos were great, thanks for posting!

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Great photos, I would hate to step out on the deck and find that cat there.
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