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post #41 of 44 Old 03-17-2014, 10:18 PM
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Sorry to hear that, that's really upsetting :(
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post #42 of 44 Old 03-18-2014, 12:38 PM
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I live in SW PA, and i saw a track of a mountain lion along the creek below my house. Though like you said if you say anything to the game commission, they'll laugh at you, but i know for a fact that they are around, we have bobcats, coyotes and these wolf/coyote hybrids that the game commission turned out to control the deer population, but they won't admit it.
Mountain lions/cougars are skittish cats, loud noises especially dogs will keep them away, coyotes will stay away if there is more than 1 dog, bobcats don't usually bother much of the farm animals. My major concern is black bear, have you considered that? If my horses smell a bear, they will not, i mean absolutely will not cross where it had been, they will freeze and shake. A close friend of mine had one of her horses attacked by a black bear, the horse lived, and the hunt is still on for the bear. Black bears are a big issue around where i'm at.
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Hadn't thought of bears - but that would be a possibility with all the other animals around. Whatever it was he didn't like it. I'm not a tracker or anything so going scouting probably wouldn't help any.
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post #44 of 44 Old 03-18-2014, 01:54 PM
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It's all good Cobra, i know bears are common all over the country. Just be careful, especially around June/July that's their breeding season, and they're all really aggressive at that time of year. I accidentally rode up on one on my road, and i hurried up and turned the horse around and headed for home! Thank goodness it didn't come after us.

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