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    02-22-2014, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Rideordie112    
I live in Northern California in the valley, during the summer the mountain lions and cougars come down from the mountains to the upper park, and sometimes even down to my house and barn. Mountain lions sound like a screaming child, and cougars sound like someone calling for help.
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I thought Puma, Mountain lion & Cougar were names for the same animal?
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    02-22-2014, 11:18 AM
Originally Posted by natisha    
I thought Puma, Mountain lion & Cougar were names for the same animal?
Yep same thing
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    02-22-2014, 09:07 PM
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Most predators *typically* will not bother a horse. I would be concerned if the horse was elderly/feeble or small. Coyotes I wouldn't worry too much (though the horse probably won't like them) a mountain lion definitely could.

I won't say too much because my guess is my area is very different from yours and predators would act differently. I feel in general though the horse may be nervous but I doubt they would be bothered, but motion sensor lights and dogs (big loud ones, not snack sized ones!) are both good. We have a LOT of wildlife in our area but even though they are RIGHT around we haven't had a problem with our animals, I thank the dogs (and diligence on our part-sheep are ALWAYS in at dark!)
    02-23-2014, 08:22 AM
Originally Posted by Customcanines    
By the way, peacocks also sound like someone calling help!
When I had my peacocks I actually had people stop several times to check and see if I was ok. They really do sound like a woman yelling help.
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    02-23-2014, 12:47 PM
I live in a small town in North Carolina and any Wildlife officer will tell you that there is ABSOLUTELY no cougars, mountain lions, panthers whatever you want to call them around here but me and a friend of mine deffinantly believe different. I was at his house around 9:30 the other night as we had just got back from a trail ride that was 2 hours away and we put the horses up they were fine and we went inside. All of a sudden the horses were going crazy they were kicking the stalls, rearing up, and when we got out to the barn we didnt see anything they did this again around 15 minutes later and this time we found a very large cougar inside of his goat pen which is right outside of the barn. We reported it and now the officers finally believe it because it had killed all of the newborn goats born the day before.
    02-23-2014, 12:52 PM
It's possible to have them out there. The problem is finding the proof. The track of a mountain lion is like any other cat track except size. Unfortunately unless there is a reference in the pic you have, it is inpossible to tell exactly what size the track in the picture was. Could be a mountain lion, or a bobcat, or a big house cat. As for the screaming sound , it could be. However like was mentioned Bobcats sound like that as well. Also you get a cub black bear hollering for mom they sound like it to, however wrong time of year right now.

I've heard we have them in my area of NC as well. The western part of the state I could totally see them being there. However I haven't seen the proof that I need yet. As for around my house, I'm not sure. Of course a few years back I found a dead bobcat and I didn't think they were around in any big way so what do I know.

It's kind of funny this topic came up. Two nights ago my wife ( a police officer) got a call about a "cougar" sighting. She sent my the call report and the witness spends time out west hunting cougars and other big game as a guide with cabelas. So, who knows but officially No there are NO cougars in NC.
    02-23-2014, 01:07 PM
Originally Posted by natisha    
I thought Puma, Mountain lion & Cougar were names for the same animal?
I meant to say bobcat. Whoops.
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    02-23-2014, 01:34 PM
Well, whatever the critter out there is, your horse is aware of it! Horses have a strong sense of self-preservation. I give my horse the benefit of a doubt unless they prove themselves to be a slacker.
We have bear, cougar and bobcat here. I prefer to stay out of the way of all three.
    02-23-2014, 08:39 PM
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There could be something he smells or sees. I had a horse that was terrified of pigs.
I had one scared of coyotes (but not dogs ) go figure.
    02-23-2014, 08:42 PM
The DNR still refuses to admit to cougars being in Michigan. They are here though. There have been multiple sightings.
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