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Cougar in SW Ohio

Discussion in 'Ohio Glockers' started by joedoc, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. joedoc

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    Has anyone here heard about cougar sightings in western cinti---Delhi area?
    I have heard rumblings about evidence of cougar presence in eastern US, but
    my sister is adamant that her friend had a cougar in their delhi backyard few weeks ago.
    There was a large animal in their tree---
    The owner called police, who were too late to see anything, but later an expert from the zoo told them the gashes on the tree and prints pointed to a cougar.
    Now, this info is coming to me second-hand, but I wondered if anyone here has heard similiar stories.
     
  2. glockess56

    glockess56 CLM

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    There was rumors of a lion in Gahanna, Ohio at one time.
     


  3. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    I haven't heard anything recently about western Ohio.

    I did see what I think was a large yellowish cat (yes it was the right color, I have seen a bobcat up close.) in southeast Ohio many years ago. It was 800+ yards away across an old strip mine. At the time I was sure it was a big cat, but after all the years and no one else seeing it..... I question if it was a mountain lion, bobcat, or just a large yellow cat.
     
  4. firedog978

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    I live in Delhi and haven't heard (or seen) anything. I've lived here almost 30 years.
     
  5. joedoc

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    Firedog---supposedly the sighting was near the "farm" on anderson ferry.
    I will try to confirm this, as I spend a lot of time in the summer biking on trails through the woods, and have not been carrying up till now---this may change that.
    By the way, do you know any Delhi cops that you might ask?
    As it turns out I know a fellow who works at the cat house at the zoo---I will ask if he knows anything about this.
     
  6. firedog978

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    joedoc,

    I live only a few blocks from 'The Farm'. There are some moderate sized patches of woods (1 to 10 acres) in that immediate section. I know a guy who hunts a private estate (20 acres) real close to there. In this area the homes are surrounding those patches of woods so close and numerous that I can't imagine there wouldn't be many sightings if it were true. The deer are numerous but much easier meals for a large cat would be the family pets that also abound. Nobody I know has lost an animal in that manner.

    I actually do know a few of the Delhi LEO's and many of the Cincinnati LEO's that patrol the section bordering the township lines. None of them have indicated any large cat reports to me.

    You never know though, so I'll ask the next time I see them, if they have heard anything. But, I'm just as likely to be told to go home and sleep it off. :supergrin:

    Here's a Google Earth picture of the area ('The Farm' is in the extreme lower right corner).

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Swanny

    Swanny Raconteur

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    I've seen a few "cougars" in bars in Cincinnati.
     
  8. CSnakes

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  9. OhioTodd

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    The last confirmed cougar sighting in Ohio was in the northeast part of the state, consisting of a female with two cubs. That was at least five years ago. However, there is confirmed evidence (sightings, as well as tracks) of bobcats returning to southwest Ohio. Tracks have recently been found along the Ohio River in Hamilton County. There was recently stories about this on WKRC, and the Dayton Daily News.

    Todd
     
  10. elderboy02

    elderboy02 Cincy Glocker

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    Well, when I venture over to Delhi, I will be sure to switch my G23 out for my G20. :rofl: Stupid cougars! :rofl:
     
  11. method

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    I saw something odd when I drove a co-worker home one night, just after dusk, about 8 years ago. Driving up the road to the apartments he lived at, I caught the figure of an animal crossing in front of my car just beyond my headlights. It was the size of a large dog, but moving very much like a cat. This was at the bottom of Beechmont Avenue, just before the Levee, a pretty heavily wooded area bordering the Little Miami River.

    Hunting in Pike County once, the guy I was with mentioned rumors of big cats in the area, as well as bear.
     
  12. joedoc

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    well then, I suppose that I better start carrying when cycling on narrow paths through the woods. I have read a number of cases from out west where cougars have attacked hikers and cyclists.
    maybe I'll get one of those fanny pack arrangements, unless I can find some kind of frame bag that will hold a j-frame or g-26 snugly.
    so then the next question---is 38 +p, or 9 mm better for this kind of (admittedly unlikely) threat?
    I don't have a 45 cal right now, though maybe I now have an excuse to get one.
     
  13. Linda

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    Joe....dude....you should be carrying already when cycling on narrow paths through the woods. :dog: It's a dangerous world out there!!!
    :wolf:

    For your penitence, you shall rush to the gun store and buy yourself a nice sub compact in a .45 flavor and then report back to your friends at Glock Talk/Ohio.

    Hurry up now....,

    :2gun:
     
  14. elderboy02

    elderboy02 Cincy Glocker

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    Get a 10mm. 10mm is the best caliber for animals. Oh great, I just started a caliber war.
     
  15. Linda

    Linda

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    Four legged or two legged???

    Best to have a firearm that will serve the purpose for both!:tongueout:
     
  16. We live just up the hill off of Beechmont. I'm 85% sure we have a coyote in our little niche. Odd piles of p__p in the yard and the wifey just saw something this morning that freaked our pup out as they started to go outside. She said it looked like a dog, but had a 'fluffy' tail and was skinny looking.

    WBL
     
  17. method

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    There's certainly coyote and red fox in that area, but this looked bigger than that. This was the road back to Spindlehill, up behind the UDF.
     
  18. elderboy02

    elderboy02 Cincy Glocker

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    Well, the 10mm takes care of whatever you need to take care of, both 2 legged and 4 legged. :rock:
     
  19. joedoc

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    Well, all this talk has given me a hankering for a .45, despite (half-hearted) attempts to limit calibers.
    So, I was wondering if any Ohio GTers have had experience with the XD 45.