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More mountain lions are settling in the Midwest, study shows

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by glockman66, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. glockman66

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    There's an island in a marsh near the SE corner of Lake Mille Lacs (MN) where I used to deer hunt that has had mt lions living there since I can remember.
     

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    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

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    they are back in the northeast georgia mountains too but no one will admit it


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  4. Big_Grumpy

    Big_Grumpy Go Cheese!

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    Just what we need, more cougars! Giddyup!!
     
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    OctoberRust Anti-Federalist

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    Darn global cooling..... errr warming..... Whatever the trend is that's upsetting the eco system. :crying:
     
  6. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    a fews years back i was hunting in southeast arkansas, i heard a "growl" of some sorts and when i tuned to look i saw what i believe to be the hind end and tail of a puma leaping into the thicket. it scared me enough that before i got down from the deer tower i fired a round into the ground and waited a minute.

    that was the longest ride back to camp on a 4 wheeler i ever made......

    one of the (local) hunters at camp believed me because he said he saw tracks 2 years before and when he told fish-n-game cops they stated that the state of arkansas does not recognize any panther/puma/cougar/moutain lions in the state.
     
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    The Department of Natural Resources has finally started admitting that there actually are mountain lions around here. Prior to that they have been poo pooing the reports for years. They'd claim it was a domestic pet that had escaped, things like that.

    I've known several trustworthy people around here who have seen them for years. About 20 years ago a friend of mine was driving on a state numbered highway to shop in a small town about 25 miles from here. He saw a dead one by the side of the road. He turned his car around and went back. He and his wife got out of the car and looked at it. It was definitely a mountain lion and was definitely dead.

    When they drove back a couple hours later, the carcass was mysteriously gone. There was never a report about it in the local papers or anywhere.
     
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    All kinds of conspiracy theories have developed here that the DNR introduced them as a way to control the deer population. The theories only grew as the DNR's official stance was that the sitings and photos of mountain lions in Iowa were hoaxes. That stance has since been dropped.

    http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/mo...cle_63ff1116-2dba-11e1-9d8b-001871e3ce6c.html

    http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/79313477.html

    http://www.radioiowa.com/2012/06/05/mountain-lion-reportedly-stalked-woman-in-northwest-iowa/
     
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    The CT DEEP says they aren't in CT, haven't been for years. There are numerous sightings and their response is, "if they lived here, they would be getting hit and killed by cars on the highway"


    Last year one is struck and killed, and their response was, "they still don't live here, this one was a released pet".

    Then they admit that it was a wild one and not a pet but its not from here, it roamed here from the Midwest.

    Sure!!

    Rumor is the DEEP released them a while back to try and control the deer population, but it didn't work.
     
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    mhambi κολασμένος

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    Everybody wants 40 acres and a mule.

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    I saw one a friend of mine treed on his farm South of Eldora in 2004...

    He called the Sheriff and by the time they got out there, it had snuck out of the tree and took off...
     
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    I agree; the deer population is out of control...
     
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    YES!!!! new hunting season
     
  15. Caver 60

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    Unless you live in California.

    Did they ever repeal their decades old Mountain Lion hunting ban???

    Last I heard several years ago, people were still getting hurt or killed by them since they had lost their fear of humans due to no hunting allowed.

    It'd be OK with me if they lived around here, as long as hunting is allowed.
     
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    I have never seen a bear or a bigfoot on my property, but that doesn't mean there aren't bears here.

    I have seen bobcat, and I could easily envision someone mistaking them for mountain lions.

    There may or may not be mountain lion.
     
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    South Dakota has a season every year. We have numerous sightings in SW Minnesota every year. We have a great food supply, deer, pheasants, rabbits, turkeys. Not sure why they wouldn't relocate here.
     
  18. Mayhem like Me

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    maybe an idiot could confuse the two, but the proportions between a Puma and a Bobcat are greatly different.


    Bobcat tall and square, about 1/3 the mass of the long Mountain Lion.
     
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    That made me laugh as Missouri says the same thing. The local newspaper ran a story about five years ago with a picture of one (a huge one) that was killed on the highway just north of here. Conservation people dismissed as one just passing thru or some such.
     
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    same in wv panhandel.