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October 20, 2006

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Discussion Topic: Scouting-Camera Photo of Alabama Cougar

There are no mountain lions in Alabama, right? Well, tell that to the Luverne-area reader who sent us this photo with the subject line: “Not what you want to see on your deer cam.”

Cougar

Convinced? Are there cougars in your area, contrary to what the state wildlife agency says?

Comments

johnson

I heard about this. Have there been any sightings in the area with human eyes?

joe plummer

i live on a farm in kansas and we have been seeing cougars more and more often despite of what the fish and game says

Ts53

I hunt in Kansas where there are no cougars but I and some other hunters in the area have all seeen them.

Evan

that is a really neat photograph.

yrs-
Evan!

tom

If I had a nickel for every photo I've seen of cougars in someone's backyard..............

Probably from someone's hunting trip to Colorado

Matt

Someone should try to identify the flora in this picture, and determine if this is really in Alabama. The deer feeder makes me think it's in the South somewhere....

matt

I hear many people around here (NE Mississippi) claim to have seen "black panthers", some making these claims I would consider credible. Is it possible they are seeing a melanistic cougar or maaybe a cougar in dim light or even a jaguarundi out of its normal range? Or are all of these people making outrageous claims or letting their imaginations run wild?

scott

I live in south Georgia and we have seen a black panther four times this year on one farm and heard one a couple of times on another farm 30 miles away, my neabor over there has seen him twice in his yard, he killed 2 of his dogs,15 pet ducks, and 6 chickens.Dont tell me there not here, 15 miles from my other farm somebody shot a black panther and got 5 years in prison and fined 10 thousand dollars.

Mark Dowling

This is a koax. The picture was taken in Texas.

Go to

http://www.cougarnet.org/seast-desc/young-tx-11-02.htm

Airwolfe

New Hampshire - According to a friend, recently while driving along a road in Southwestern New Hampshire he and his wife spotted a BIG cat crossing the road but was gone in a flash. When asked if it was a Bobcat he claimed it was MUCH larger and had a long tail. There was a report from a farmer in nearby Mason, NH a few years ago of a Large Cat trying to get to some livestock in his barn one nite.

NH Fish and Game Claim no such animals live in NH.

ccrider

Cool photo. I live in AL and have hunted in the northcentral part of the state since 97. Saw plenty of bobcats but nothing like this.

An older farmer and good friend told me that she has seen black panthers on her farm. She believed it. I think it is possible.

I killed a 4.5 foot timber rattler last week as big as my arm with 11 rattles. First I have ever seen live and I spend a lot of time in the woods.

BILL COFFEY

A WHILE BACK, THERE WAS A YOUNG COUGAR/MOUNTAIN LION/PUMA/ WHATEVER YOUR PREFERENCE, RUN OVER BY AN AUTOMOBILE IN THE COMMUNITY OF BATTLETOWN,KENTUCKY, IN THE NORTH CENTRAL PART OF THE STATE. IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO DENY IT'S PRESENCE FOR THE FOLKS WHO CLEANED UP THE REMAINS. NUMEROUS REPORTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN "KENTUCKY AFIELD" A MAGAZINE TYPE PUBLICATION OF THE KENTUCKY DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOUCES, OF SIGHTINGS OF COUGARS AND BLACK PANTHERS HERE IN THE BLUEGRASS STATE !!!!!!!!
...BILL

Wilbur Tibbets

Look folks, there are no big cats out there and the F&G’s are correct. There are no big cats out there. If there were, and F&G agreed there were, the anti hunting, environmental PETA whacko’s, will start throwing law suits at the F&G to protect the cougar range from encroachment by hunters and 4 wheelers and people, etc. We must protect the cougars in their natural range!! So smarten up! There are no cougars in Maine or New York City! Get it?!?!?

Dan Turner

Traveling home from work just after daybreak last summer I noticed what I first thought was a Bobcat that I had seen in the area before, sitting along side of the road. The cat then ran across the road in front of my truck. To my suprise the Bobcat had a long tail. I then realized what I had just seen was a Cougar. I stopped to watch it run into the bean field and disappear. Upon talking with DNR representatives, I was informed that I did not see what I saw. Funny that someone who was not there can see so clearly.

Ralph the Rifleman

Well, no reported(or verified)sightings here in Michigan of cougar to my knowledge.There is one exception I believe in Oakland county which is a upscale(read rich)county in MI that still has "rural" areas in it.Funny one would think more evidence of dead deer,tracks, or SOMETHING, would be found by hunters/and or hikers? Seems to me family pets would make good fotter for these big cats, too.I just don't buy it, and I don't think they "re-populate" areas for the sake of LESS seclusion? If I were to actually SEE a cougar, I would at least try and cut a track out of the ground to help prove my claim.There has been, however; documented WOLF sightings, kill sites & tracks, to verify there exisitance have been found as low as the Gaylord area of MI(Northern half of the lower peninsula) Beyond that, I think most cougar sightings make good camp fire talk.

Ed Park

That photo is of such poor quality, that identification is iffy. It almost looks like there are spots, which grown cougars don't have. The tail does not appear to be long enough, nor fat enough, to be a cougar. From body shape, tail, etc., I almost get the impression of a cheetah, but, again, the photo quality is very poor. Regarless, the 2002 photo from Texas proves the Alabama photo is a hoax.

big daddy j

Its funny the DNR have been denying the presence of cougars in southern Iowa for years now but there was one Killed in wayne co. ia 2 years ago. you can research it with the times republican paper in corydon ia if you like. I have personally seen a cougar while bowhunting. so sir I do believe your picture is true and the rest of these folks need to get out more and maybe they would believe too.

j

winnie the pooh

or maybe it's just the jagulars we read about...in the hundred acre wood

Ralph the Rifleman

Thanks Winnie,it all seems to make sense now!
To Big Daddy J-
Calm down Big fella, we are all just giving our opinions here, and I personally want to see this type of wildlife return to their former ranges.It may help stop these silly Hollywood images of Bears using toilet paper, and cows kicking footballs!

Adam McGinnis

I live up here in good old Pennsylvania, and SUPPOSEDLY they started releasing the black cougars back. One of the guys I hunt with actually found a makeshift "litterbox" up on the mountain. It had tracks and all, and they were way too big to be bobcat I guess. So, that and you can hear them screaming every once in a while...

Matt H

The NC game dept. denies that they are in our state, but I know several people that have seen them. They are also in VA, so I guess they know where the state line is? I've never seen one, but I believe that there are a limited number around.

Jerry McSwain

I live in East Texas on Lake Fork and we have seen Cougars in our back yard and even a Black Panther about a mile from our house. I am told in several counties, the Fish and Game folks have put out cougars, panthers and bears to assist with the control of Wild Hogs.

Jeff D.

I bactracked this story to the source.
a guy on one hunting club near luverne, ala., was trying to play a joke on a friend who hunted a neighboring club.
he attached this picture, which was actually taken in east Texas and appears on The Cougar Network Web site, to a message warning his "buddy" about what might be lurking out there in his woods while he was making his way to and from the stand.
as often happens with these "jokes," this one got passed on as gospel truth and before you know it, "there's cougars in Alabama."
Sorry, folks, but not this time.

sb

I live in Lamar County, AL, and I saw a Cougar on October 30, 2006, cross the road in front of me at 8:30am. To close to my house for comfort.

TL

About a year ago photos went around from a deercam set up in Devil's Elbow MO showing a mountain lion stalking a deer, all in the frame of the shot. The mountain lion was about a foot and a half from the deer in one frame and the deer didn't have a clue. Pretty amazing.




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