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Old 08-20-2010, 03:49 PM
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Hi Big Cliff,

We also have Mountain Lions in California.

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We also have Mountain Lions in California.
We sure do. Matter of fact they are seen occasionally along the American River in Sacramento County within a few short miles of the State Capitol. People who travel by bike and by foot on the American River Bike Trail and people who live there who walk there dogs are warned to watch there dogs when out on the trail.

About 5 years ago when I was a part time Working Cowboy on a few local Ranches in Sacramento and surrounding Counties out on my friends ranch which borders the Cosumnes River in the Southern most part of his place there was several cougar sitings and one neighbor even had a couple grass maggots pardon I mean lambs killed. So we tried to track it as it was time for spring calves. There's DFG substation out that way and we believe they relocated it, before we or others could find it after we pointed out tracks around the sub station.
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You didn't hear this from me ........ we're trapping them here in Southern Oregon and shipping them east. We have a large and very active group of them here in the Medford, Oregon area.

With a huge deer population they're well fed and tend to keep to themselves up in the surrounding hills. But when one lets out a 'scream' (at night) the hair does stand up on your arms.
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Those pics and stories are awesome...

Here's a pretty neat site that tracks cougar sightings
The Cougar Network - Using Science to Understand Cougar Ecology

They have some pretty specific criteria that has to be met before they validate a sighting. One of the interesting things i picked up from reading info on the site is that if they have hair samples they can do DNA analysis to differentiate North American cougars (presumed wild expanding their range) from South American cougars (presumed to be escaped captives). Even though the South American cougars are the same species, there's apparently enough difference in their DNA to distinguish them.
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Damned interesting site Mark; and it confirmed what I thought I already knew: Cougar Network

That's a LOT of green on my side of the Country.
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