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Mysterious mountain lion killed in Connecticut
Yahoo ^ | 6-12-2011 | By Lauren Keiper

Posted on 06/12/2011 1:12:01 PM PDT by Islander7

BOSTON (Reuters) – A mountain lion was killed just 70 miles from New York City early on Saturday morning, and officials were trying to determine if it was the same big cat spotted a week ago roaming the posh suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut.

The 140-pound mountain lion was hit by a small SUV on a highway in Milford, Connecticut, early Saturday morning, and died from its injuries. The driver was unhurt, officials said.

With no native mountain lion population in the state, "it's possible and even likely" it is the same enormous cat with a long tail spotted last weekend in the New York City suburb some 30 miles away, said Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Dennis Schain.

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The eastern mountain lion was officially declared extinct earlier this year, prompting authorities to suspect the animal spotted in the urban jungle of the New York City metropolitan area, had either escaped or was released from captivity...

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The comments are priceless. People are reporting seeing cougars, bears, and coyotes all along eastern seaboard states despite 'officials' flatly denying they exist.

1 posted on 06/12/2011 1:12:09 PM PDT by Islander7
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To: Islander7

"mmmmm, an illiongal felinial"

2 posted on 06/12/2011 1:15:06 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Islander7

Here in Pennsylvania, there have been numerous sightings of what is believed to be mountain lions.

“Officials” have proclaimed all those sightings to be mistakes.


3 posted on 06/12/2011 1:17:25 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Islander7
The eastern mountain lion was officially declared extinct earlier this year,

Maybe he didn't get the memo or as the last survivor, committed suicide by SUV.

4 posted on 06/12/2011 1:17:59 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (They think "just because she's right on every damn issue doesn't give her enough credibility.")
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To: Erik Latranyi
Here in Pennsylvania, there have been numerous sightings of what is believed to be mountain lions.

“Officials” have proclaimed all those sightings to be mistakes.

Same thing in coastal Mississippi and Alabama. Big cats have been seen and heard there for decades, but 'officials' simply dismiss the sightings.

5 posted on 06/12/2011 1:21:49 PM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Islander7; Slings and Arrows

Sad kitty ping


6 posted on 06/12/2011 1:22:44 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: Islander7

We have a goodly number of FL panthers (or cougars, or puma or mountain lions, whatver you wish to call them) here in the Sunshine State. They are on the endangered list but their numbers are steadily on the rise.


7 posted on 06/12/2011 1:24:31 PM PDT by NWFLConservative (Game On!.................Saracuda 2012)
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To: Islander7

When I worked for American Cyanamid years ago there were lots of Maine guys working there, many of them hunters. A couple of them swore they had seen big cats in New England and that only Fish and Game officials believed they were extinct.


8 posted on 06/12/2011 1:24:40 PM PDT by Scanian
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To: Islander7; Doogle

The comments are priceless. People are reporting seeing cougars, bears, and coyotes all along eastern seaboard states despite ‘officials’ flatly denying they exist.


Same here. For years we see, hit, hear serious predators, have all manner of pets go missing but you are NOT going to get the cityboy cops out to do something about it.

If you have predators in your neighborhood, you have to solve it the old school way: put baby chicks in a trap and rotate with the neighbors to stay up late until the score evens.

OR, you could get your sheriff to deputize wildlife hippies who would gladly suck the overtime to get high and do nothing about it, either.


9 posted on 06/12/2011 1:24:42 PM PDT by txhurl (Did you want to talk or fish?)
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To: Islander7

Why does this remind me of The Smothers Brothers?


10 posted on 06/12/2011 1:27:29 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: txhurl

And look at this whopper!


“By and large, cougars want to stay as far away from people as they possibly can because they are so solitary,” said Bob Wilson, a co-founder of The Cougar Network, an organization devoted to tracking and researching the animal.

Wilson said mountain lions like to hunt in the shadows and it would be a very remote chance to encounter the cat.


11 posted on 06/12/2011 1:27:39 PM PDT by txhurl (Did you want to talk or fish?)
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To: Islander7
Same thing in coastal Mississippi and Alabama. Big cats have been seen and heard there for decades, but 'officials' simply dismiss the sightings.

Friend of mine in Alabama bow-hunted every year in the Alabama River bottoms in Monroe County.

One day, around dusk, he put an arrow into a deer. He tried to track it in the dark, then called a couple of friends in to help him find it.

An hour-or-so later, they found it. It appeared to be buried in leaves, with just the legs sticking out.

As they approached the carcass, they heard a low growl -- and somebody's flashlight caught the eyes.

They made an instant and unanimous decision to retreat to camp...and leave the prey to the superior predator.

Nobody slept well that night, I'm told.

12 posted on 06/12/2011 1:33:28 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: txhurl

..over the last few years I’ve seen more and more red fox in northern NJ. There was a den with two pups within a half mile of me.


13 posted on 06/12/2011 1:34:24 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Erik Latranyi

Those are just big (140lbs.) feral cats. I know because my cat is out running around half the time and she’s about 70 lbs. Do the math.


14 posted on 06/12/2011 1:37:21 PM PDT by REDWOOD99
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To: Carry_Okie
Hmmmm... When I saw this, I thought about you, what you wrote about it, and Leviticus 26:22 too.
15 posted on 06/12/2011 1:38:36 PM PDT by hiredhand
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To: Islander7

undocumenteed working cougar?


16 posted on 06/12/2011 1:39:49 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: NonValueAdded

Or he escaped from a exotic wildlife farm.


17 posted on 06/12/2011 1:57:07 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Islander7

My father used to tell the story about hunting in the Adirondacks in the early 1950s. He was bringing out a deer when this unknown animal started tracking him in a manner that spooked him, so he shot it. He said that he brought the animal back to Saranac Lake and nobody knew what it was.

Years later, when he was visiting me in Alaska, we were at the Mat-Su Vistor’s Center and he suddenly pointed to a pelt on the wall and said, “That’s the animal I shot.” It was a wolverine.

Wildlife experts say that the animals haven’t been seen there since the 1850s. Except my father claimed that he shot a wolverine 100 years later.

My guess is that there are a fair number of mountain lions back East, simply due to the huge numbers of white-tailed deer and the lions themselves are quiet and discreet. I’ve spent weeks on end in wilderness in the Pacific Northwest, and saw one mountain lion the entire time, and that’s in an area where they’re common. As far as coyotes go, my wife and I saw one on Cape Cod in 2001.

My other guess is that no wildlife official wants to declare a population of lions in their state, since it possibly might create a nightmare of endangered species regulations. Best not to attrack the attention of those people.


18 posted on 06/12/2011 2:07:04 PM PDT by redpoll
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To: Islander7

There have been numerous Jaguar sightings in southern New Mexico.

Big suckers too.


19 posted on 06/12/2011 2:14:02 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Islander7
That is one big Kitty!

20 posted on 06/12/2011 2:18:12 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (Liz Cheney/Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: Islander7

Many years ago - about 25 years, in fact - I saw a mountain lion stalking through the grass along the California coast near Point Reyes. Naturally, I was called a lunatic, I was told nobody sane had seen one since 1920, etc., etc.

About 10 years ago, the authorities came out and said, yes, there were mountain lions there, and in fact, there were a lot of them.


21 posted on 06/12/2011 2:20:45 PM PDT by livius
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To: txhurl

“Wilson said mountain lions like to hunt in the shadows and it would be a very remote chance to encounter the cat.”

Yeah, unless it thinks you’re dinner.


22 posted on 06/12/2011 2:22:52 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down!)
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To: Islander7

The only Cougar proven to have traveled 200 miles in one day.

23 posted on 06/12/2011 2:24:15 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Islander7
Until it can be determined if there are more mountain lions in the area, all land development that Obama hasn't already stopped will have to cease.
24 posted on 06/12/2011 2:31:19 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Islander7
The 140-pound mountain lion was hit by a small SUV on a highway in Milford, Connecticut, early Saturday morning, and died from its injuries.

Shame on that nasty SUV. Prolly killed the last of the species. That SUV needs to be locked up.

25 posted on 06/12/2011 2:35:50 PM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
“Officials” have proclaimed all those sightings to be mistakes.

Yep. Even the one the Amish farmer shot a couple of years ago with the ear tag. Have found tracks in the snow at my house. We heard the scream of one last August. They are here and I bet the PA Game Commission introduced them.

For better or worse, our deer population is way down.
26 posted on 06/12/2011 2:38:39 PM PDT by PA Engineer (SP/AW12: Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: Islander7; Slings and Arrows

PING this one over to Slings And Arrows!:)=^..^=


27 posted on 06/12/2011 2:38:49 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

“The Smothers Brothers”

When they weren’t fronting for the CPUSA, they did some pretty funny stuff (their father Maj. Smothers US Army died in WWII a prisoner of the Japanese).

IIRC, Tommie and Dickie were arguing whether mountain lions should be called cougars or pumas. In the same sketch they disagreed over the pronunciation of “crevasse”. The backdrop was the folk tune “Boil that cabbage down” and mountain lions stalking miners in Colorado.


28 posted on 06/12/2011 2:39:18 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport Muslims. Nuke Mecca. Death to Islam. Freedom for mankind.")
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To: Islander7
I hope no one tells this girl.


29 posted on 06/12/2011 2:39:32 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Islander7

Mrs BN saw one in Western NC about 15 years ago.


30 posted on 06/12/2011 2:41:26 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know.)
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To: Islander7

Once when I was a pre-teen and out hiking, I had a close encounter with a black footed ferret...which was officially extinct at the time. A few decades later, they were re-discovered and upgraded from extinct to endangered.

A friend of mine spotted the endangered wolverine a few years ago in an area where it’s said that none officially exist.

Recently local ranchers have lost livestock to wolves where the Fish and Wildlife Dept says there are no wolves.

It happens.


31 posted on 06/12/2011 2:44:36 PM PDT by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: elcid1970

“Tommie and Dickie were arguing whether mountain lions should be called cougars or pumas. “

Eggs Ackley! You win the prize. When I was young, they used to crack me up!


32 posted on 06/12/2011 2:47:48 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Islander7

Do stories like these kinda make you cross your fingers and pray for the development cheaper, reduced recoil, big bore guns and ammo? Elephant guns were only for the incredibly wealthy a hundred years ago, now CZ makes decent ones under 2K. Not really needed for cougars, but whenever dangerous critters are brought up and you may only have the ability to get off one shot...


33 posted on 06/12/2011 2:52:34 PM PDT by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: PA Engineer

My son and his wife heard one in the Shenandoah Valley of VA last Fall. He said it was eerie sounding.


34 posted on 06/12/2011 2:53:29 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: REDWOOD99

You have a 70 pound cat???

What did you feed it? Or inject it with?


35 posted on 06/12/2011 2:55:26 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (2008 was about words; 2012 will be about numbers)
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To: PA Engineer

Once the easily captured deer wise up and flee into the suburbs, panthers will follow. But they will be rightly distracted by slower-moving snacks, namely pets and children.


36 posted on 06/12/2011 2:55:40 PM PDT by txhurl (Did you want to talk or fish?)
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To: nerdwithagun
cheaper, reduced recoil, big bore guns and ammo

I think you're describing a 12 gauge slug gun. Fine at close range on soft skinned game. Stuff like elephants, rhinos, and cape buffalo, I'd still want a .416 Rigby with solids.

37 posted on 06/12/2011 2:56:11 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: ElkGroveDan

That is freaking hilarious.


38 posted on 06/12/2011 3:08:21 PM PDT by onona (I play hockey)
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To: okie01
The WB Sylvester cartoon comes to mind when Spike the Bulldog, instead of going up against Sylvester the housecat, meets a cougar escaped from the zoo. Poor Spike is paralyized:

"Buh-buh-b-b-b-b-b-buh big CAT!"

39 posted on 06/12/2011 3:15:06 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I know, I love my Mossberg 835! There is some really nifty large game killer ammo out there. Even for a smoothbore, there is Dixie triball. I just can’t help but think what gun innovations will be out in the next 50-100 years.


40 posted on 06/12/2011 3:17:17 PM PDT by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: Islander7

We have seen lots of bears and coyotes (actually a coyote wolf hybrid) and no one denies they exist. I have personally seen a bobcat and we are in its “officially” recognized range, although bobcat sightings hereabouts are rare. There was a report of a mountain lion sighting (by a couple of police responding to a complaint) about a mile from me in 2003, but I think it was actually a bobcat, which is scary enough. There is a lot of undeveloped conservation land around here and several square miles of what was once part of the Army Natick Lab that was contaminated during World War II and been closed to visitors ever since.

One thing I have never seen was cougar. There have been reports of mountain lion sightings in Western Massachusetts repeatedly over the years, but I tended to dismiss them. Now I am not so sure.


41 posted on 06/12/2011 3:19:01 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: redpoll
My other guess is that no wildlife official wants to declare a population of lions in their state, since it possibly might create a nightmare of endangered species regulations. Best not to attract the attention of those people.

Yep. Good point. The wildlife officials sound down-to-earth sensible to me. Lions? We don't have no steenking lions! Thumbs up to them. :^)

42 posted on 06/12/2011 3:19:26 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: nerdwithagun

My buckshot preference is #1 in a 16 gauge. 12 .30 caliber balls as compared to 9 #00 (.33 caliber) in a 12 gauge. The 16 gauge charge actually weighs more, due to how the slightly smaller balls stack in the hull.

Plus, I’m a shotgun geek/snob.


43 posted on 06/12/2011 3:24:19 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
I kind of think bobcats are the critters most responsible for getting domestic cats. Coyotes can't go where cats can go, but a bobcat can go pretty much anywhere.

They're all cats. The same attributes and instincts and even skull structure of Sylvester black-and-white American shorthair or a nice little tabby, exist in every other cat from bob to couger. Cats are natural stealth critters as well as being pretty smart, so there are probably a lot more bobcats and even cougars than folks suspect.

44 posted on 06/12/2011 3:28:31 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: Mercat

Sad kitty ping


Yes, indeed. Very sad.


45 posted on 06/12/2011 3:31:02 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: txhurl
CRAP!! A lion attacked a small boy 6 miles from where I am sitting about 5 years ago. One was captured 1/2 mile from the Capitol Building in Carson City 10 years ago. I killed one in the middle of 5 acre ranchettes 11 years ago while it was dining on sheep.
46 posted on 06/12/2011 3:33:37 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Demons run when a good man goes to war.)
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To: Islander7
The comments are priceless. People are reporting seeing cougars, bears, and coyotes all along eastern seaboard states despite 'officials' flatly denying they exist.

I'm from CT, a little closer in towards NYC than Milford but also a ways inland from the Sound. Years ago (like maybe 15 years) I *know* I saw a mountain lion cross behind my car as I was driving on Rt.136 from Westport to Monroe late one evening. I saw movement off in the woods to my front left, thinking it was a deer I slowed down as I passed the point of movement and saw what was obvious a big cat cross the road in my rearview mirror.

The once you get inland from the shoreline communities (so basically North of the Merritt Parkway East of Danbury) CT is very heavily wooded and undeveloped. There's no way that "the authorities" have any clue about what's lurking up there. Especially when it comes to animals that are known to have good-sized ranges and territories.
47 posted on 06/12/2011 3:38:37 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: lonevoice
Recently local ranchers have lost livestock to wolves where the Fish and Wildlife Dept says there are no wolves. It happens.

Talk to any cattle or sheep rancher in Wyoming about wolves, cougar or coyotes and they hiss. Like this: SSS

Which could also mean "Shoot, Shovel and Shut up"

48 posted on 06/12/2011 3:39:52 PM PDT by woofer
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To: ElkGroveDan
The first time I saw that vid on AoS HQ I thought: now she would be a perfect match for double complete rainbow dude.

Seriously, somebody should get those two together.

49 posted on 06/12/2011 3:49:54 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: Mercat

That is sad...was hoping they could find it and relocate...poor things...


50 posted on 06/12/2011 3:52:59 PM PDT by Fawn (No--bama 2012)
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