Big Cat Alert
Posted 15 April 2008 - 08:56 PM
Posted 23 April 2008 - 07:26 AM
Posted 23 April 2008 - 07:53 AM
Posted 14 June 2008 - 12:30 PM
The animals are following the food, deer are there favorites.
Here in eastern Mass there was a man scoffed at for years. His video recordings, corroborating statements by his neighbors, and photographs as well as paw print casts were all dismissed as a hoax.
That is until an animal control officer collected scat that was tested and found to be cougar.
Several more sightings were later confirmed, It is believed to be a female with a very large territory, spanning over several towns.
On a number of occations there have been partially eaten deer found up in the branches of trees. There have also been remains of coyote's taken by this big cat.
So far this animal has not taken any live stock or pets, and has done its best to avoid contact with people. Since Massachusetts deer and coyote population seems to have exploded over the last decade I'm not surprised that these animals are making a comeback.
I live about 45 min away from Boston, SW as the crow fly's, and have even seen a baby moose in my own back yard.
Two months ago there was even a black bear sighting on my street.
None of this is due to human encroachment, hunting has taken a sharp decline and land preservation has increased. Frankly I'm glad to see these animals, maybe now they will bring the deer population back into check. To many people crying bambicide when hunters take a few.
Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead.*-- Scottish Proverb
Posted 14 June 2008 - 01:40 PM
Exotics are concentrated in the south, mostly Texas and Florida but, exotics are everywhere. I know of a large tiger habitat in Ohio, smaller and private owners all over the country and Canada.
I would like to say that all exotics handlers are responsible and have conservation in mind but its not true. When my web site was up, the stupidity of people was mind boggling. There's not much question in my mind that this was an illegal pet.
Posted 14 June 2008 - 09:57 PM
Posted 15 June 2008 - 05:11 PM
I was then a couple of years later up with my friend and we decided to ride the bikes up this country lane that was for the most part surrounded by trees, I stopped at one point to watch some rabbits in a field and i had tried clapping my hands together to make them run but i couldnt clap loud enough, then all of a sudden they all started running in the same direction towards me and down the holes nearest me. When i looked up something big the size of a calf and black had bounded out into the field from the woods by the road, then it slinked back into the woods, its movements were cat like. Needless tosay me and my friend were terrified after that, specially because after that i recalled my dads story.
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