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  •  Here's an interesting cougar story... (11+ / 0-)

    Back in my younger days when I did a fair amount of hitchhiking, my wife and I were picked up by a guy from one of the First Nations up near Port Hardy on Vancouver Island.  He told us that his son was at a school event all afternoon with a bunch of other kids and that towards the end of the day they all posed for a group photo.

    Lo and behold, when the film was developed it turns out that there had been a cougar seated on a large branch right above where the kids were posing for the photo.  No one had noticed it all afternoon.

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    by geodemographics on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 09:35:41 PM PST

    •  there was the one on the posed photo (7+ / 0-)

      with it's face in the  bushes behind the kids.

      coulda been photoshopped, however, there were three incidents I know of, many do..and some additional points:

      1. Gaviota, Cal., n of Santa Barbara just where 101 goes inland thru the tunnel, right a state park.
          a father and two small kids are going for a walk when a cougar rushes out and grabs the youngest, 2'-4 yrs old, by the head and starts running off. The father yells, chases and throws a rock which luckily hits the cougar in the head and it drops the kid, who had deep punctures in her(?) scalp, but survived, lion tracked and shot.
        Lions also seen looking at the kids at the school there, also tracked and shot.
        Years later I hiked the area extensively and found several caves where my hair was all standing up, and got that feeling late in the afternoon to the point I started carrying a pistol and backtracking to see if I was followed.    
         San Diego naturalists studied them and found they used deer and hiking trails and bedded down just off trail out of sight for the day. If you have deer, you have lions.
        A person who has a remote cabin nearby reports seeing lions regularly chasing deer in the large coastal canyon 1 mile west. Also this is just above the school and the spot the kid was almost killed.

      2. LA area, a woman was dragged into the brush by a lion. Her friend rushed in and held her legs and screamed at the lion. Some nearby men threw their bicycles, a big sacrifice I know, and stayed up on the road....but the friend, the woman friend held on and the lion eventually let go.
        The attacked woman survived with head lacerations, severe ones. No word on the condition of the bikes.

      3.  A woman trail jogger was killed and ..well, partially consumed by a lion east of Auburn in the Calif Sierra foothills about 10 years ago. My sister lived just over the hill there and saw lions staring thru the fence at her livestock from the 'wild' side some spite of her noisy dogs. She used to walk out there in the cow pasture and range lands with her dogs.

      4. Lions have been seen in Connecticut I am pretty sure...just sayin..the real just like this awesome photo kind.

      5. Hiking now solo in Lion country I also wear one of those reverse masks with the big googley eyed face on it behind pioneered by the people in Bangladesh and India, eaten by attack from behind stealthy tigers.

      6. I also pretty much keep my eyes in the trees before I pass under, the big comfy oak trees I walk under when in the lion's country hiking.

      Lions, can't live with em, can't outrun them either :>

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      by KenBee on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 01:38:13 AM PST

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      •  Lions have been seen in Connecticut (2+ / 0-)
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        Carol in San Antonio, KenBee

        My nephew has found scat and track that he's sure are a mountain lion, here on the CT shoreline. And right near where he found that, I found a deer carcass, half eaten, that had been taken down in a major fight, I assume by a single animal (which is not typical for the coyotes).
        I can't substantiate the claim but we may well have one in our woods here.

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        by CwV on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 05:54:35 AM PST

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        •  dna test the scat..... (3+ / 0-)
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          CwV, KenBee, xynz

          bag it in a paper bag or box, let it dry out and see if someone will do a mitochondrial DNA test for you.

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          by murrayewv on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:50:51 AM PST

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          •  I'm afraid of making a big deal of it. (1+ / 0-)
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            If I take it to the State DEP and it turns out to be a mountain lion, they will hunt it down and kill it.
            We have these "environmental police" that are housed in the local DEP, shiny shoes, guns, green version of the State Police uniforms, big gas guzzling SUVs. What they actually do? Who knows, I haven't seen them bust a Hummer driver yet, but I do see them at the coffee shop, reinforcing the stereotype.

            If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

            by CwV on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:30:41 AM PST

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