Skip to comments.First cougar seen in Kentucky since the Civil War is promptly shot dead
Posted on 12/19/2014 5:41:58 AM PST by Scoutmaster
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People,I have been a lurker here on FR for 15 years at least and have never made a comment or anything else ,perhaps because I am little bit shy, but on the this subject I consider myself an expert . I was born and grew up on Vancouver Island an area with the highest density of mountain lions in North America. In 40 years of hunting and fishing in the wilderness I have had 2 fleeting encounters with mountain lions, in total perhaps 20 seconds exposure , these animals do not want to be seen period. They go out of their way not to be seen . Anybody east of the Mississippi who claims they they have seen a cougar in the wild should buy lottery tickets.
There's some places in Tennessee they could exist and never bee seen. The Cumberland Plateau is one place and several large Wild Life Management Areas and a National Recreation Area. Up on the Tn/KY line they could easily exist and not be seen. Especially around the abandoned strip mines. Cherokee National Forest on the TN/NC line would be a possibility as well. In these areas some it doesn't see mans footprint but maybe once a decade. WMA's and National Forest prohibit running of dogs so it would be ideal.
When Yotes first came into the area you didn't see or hear them either. Now they are seen in cities unfortunately. I chased one in Oak Ridge, Tennessee a couple years ago on a highway close to the weapons plants. It was in front of me on a wall divided four lane hold between 25-30 MPH then jumped the wall into the other lane. The jump was too high for a dog especially running full speed. LOL.
That said I've only seen three Bobcats in my life. One was running in front of my headlights on a road close to where I live. It was the longest I got to see one.
I've also heard a tree full of young hoot Owls sound more like a tree full of monkeys yelling. I called then into a campground that was empty except for my family. Saturday night it was full and the kids said call up the owls. I told them it's too much noise going on but I went to a field a couple hundred feet away and called. The darn things lighted in the trees in the campground. It was hilarious. People were yelling What is that LOL.
You’ll see a hundred black bears before you will see a cougar.
A Cougar as such is stealth in habits except their kill which in a more remote location will likely rot away before it's ever discovered.
I see what you did there!
Yes, I have seen a bobcat go bananas on two dogs. A big cat could shred a person in seconds..
Here in SoCal the mountain lions mostly eat mountain bikers.
Cougars, that’s a whole different ballgame.
I meshed them together without full explanation because they are both muscle cars. Either that, or some other random synaptic firing took place in my brain.
I saw a Cougar with cowl induction and immediately thought: yeah, less than seven mpg and I bought a used '71 SS 396 with cowl induction and an automatic transmission.
Automatic transmission = additional confirmation that I am an idiot.
I'm still not a fan of the cougar's spoiler, but you posted the best cougar on this thread.
There are parts of my county where the elk are so numerous they cause a huge number of automobile accidents. To the point the locals have went to the county government and game warden seeking special hunting outside of season. I have not seen any around my place, but have found their tracks.
I know where that church is located. The pastor from there recently got bit and died handling the snakes. I’ll pass on the snake handling. Wish they would come to my place and hunt for copperheads I would oblige them. Nasty buggers! One year I killed fourteen copperheads, one rattlesnake and two black racers that would not stay away from my mother in laws house.
I have a friend who got nailed by a copperhead getting in a boat a few year back. He flipped a john boat to get the leaves out and righted it back and in the process flipped a two foot copperhead out in the leaves. He took one step and it nailed him in the foot.
He had flip flops on and one fang hit his big toe and the other the narrow strap between the toes thus preventing taking a full load of venom. He was still in the hospital for three days and out of work for two weeks. He says it still hurts on cold winter days when he is working, just throbs in that area.
Yeah...what the hell is that, exactly?
There ain't but two things I know of around here that are Copperheads natural enemies. One is a black shake and the other is a house cat.
I have that CD which is hard to find.
Almost certainly. But an official of the state did it instead so that makes it alright. So...history, schmistory.
I wonder if some state wildlife agencies have an obligation to shoot mountain lions if reported and seen in urban or suburban areas. So that when someone says something, like, “We saw a mountain lion over at...!” the rangers just say, “Naw, it was a bobcat. Mountain lions are extinct in this state.” just to save themselves the trouble of officially doing something about itand to allow them a chance to repopulate.
I’m probably giving them too much credit, though.
It's a real thing.
Over here on the other end, we have much of the same stuff. Substitute Maine Lobster for King Crab, clams, salmon, haddock, scallops. We also have moose, venison, black bear blueberries.
In addition to the regular New England traditional dishes, we also have the mix of Acadian (French Canadian) styles. Some very close (of course) to Cajun.
“One year I killed fourteen copperheads, one rattlesnake and two black racers that would not stay away from my mother in laws house.”
Seriously, I hope you and your MIL get along, but that is just begging for a good punch line.
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