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        07-28-2012, 06:24 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    I just saw an ad on Craigslist in Magnolia about two cougars spotted on their land!!
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        07-28-2012, 07:03 PM
      #22
    Trained
    The Florida Panther is a subspecies of the mountain lion. According to the books, there are none here in Georgia. I saw one myself. Several neighbors also saw him. There was also an arrest of a man in west central Georgia that shot one. (They are endangered.) There was a report of another man that got caught shooting one in Georgia, and as his defense, he said in court that he couldn't be guilty because there are none of them in Georgia. Didn't wash with the judge. There are probably a few where you are if one has been spotted and then you had this attack.
         
        07-28-2012, 09:44 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    I was living in Georgia when I spotted a cougar. I called the game commission and they insisted I didn't see it. But I did, clear as day. I worked for a fox hunting facility there and when I asked the field master about it, he told me about a time when the hounds had a cougar on the run. It was some years ago.

    Do you have any pictures of your mares injuries? Sounds morbid but I'm curious.
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        07-29-2012, 12:05 AM
      #24
    Green Broke
    In my experience(weve dealt with 2 differant cougers on our and our friends property), they go foe the easier kill, so it may have seen her as the easiest prey out of the herd (if its sick or starving it may have been desperate) and when it couldnt immediately get her down and when it realized her size it may have quit. But when theyre desperate yeah theyll try for a full grown horse....if it was a cougar that is...never dealt with a bobcat.
         
        07-29-2012, 09:36 AM
      #25
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Copperhead- as I said, I kinda killed my camera last week (heh..)so am not able to really get a picture myself, but I'll try to see if I can borrow someone else's camera if I can this week.
    ho
    I won't keep Cougars out of the picture then. We've closed down our trails until we can figure something else so that noone is attacked.
         
        07-29-2012, 10:15 AM
      #26
    Trained
    I vote for cougar as well. They are very elusive. I have lived in cougar territory my whole life and only seen one. I hear them quite a bit. Our govt authority denied for years they were here. So, yes, keep the cougar idea out there. Especially if the attack was at night. Cougars jump from the trees or a ledge. They get purchase on the animal close to the neck and their kill method is to break the neck if possible or cause bleed out from a major artery.

    I would think that the cat jumped the horse and the horse realized just in time what happened and took off running before the cat got hold. If she kicked the cat on the way out of there, she may have stunned it enough to get back to the main herd. The cat would have had enough and would not venture into the herd at that point.

    Someone suggested a bear. I'd nix that idea. A bear is not going to go for the back of an animal. They attack from the front or side. Never from the top.

    I just looked around on the 'net and cougars are definitely in Texas.
         
        07-29-2012, 11:15 AM
      #27
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Endiku    
    Copperhead- as I said, I kinda killed my camera last week (heh..)so am not able to really get a picture myself, but I'll try to see if I can borrow someone else's camera if I can this week.
    ho
    I won't keep Cougars out of the picture then. We've closed down our trails until we can figure something else so that noone is attacked.
    Thanks for the reminder! I forgot about reading that lol
         
        07-29-2012, 02:28 PM
      #28
    Teen Forum Moderator
    You know, thinking about it, sometimes when taking Sour out on the trails or riding one of the horses, I'll hear (or maybe not HEAR, more like sense) this rumbling sound, everything goes so silent that its almost deafening, and the hair on the back of my neck stands up. Its only happened once or twice but it causes me to have a terrified, sinking feeling and made me want to run (I didnt). Sour once felt or heard it too and froze mid-stride, so I know it wasn't just me being suspicious. I figured it was a bobcat since a lot of those things are credited to when bobcats are near, but havent people said the same thing with mountain lions? Eeesh.

    NorthernMama, that would make a lot of sense. Alone, she probably didnt look all that hard to take down. As for the time, I really don't know when it happened. My shift for feeding is at 5 pm and that's when I do a once-over on everyone. Someone else comes out before me at 7 am but he generally just throws the feed into the buckets and leaves without doing a head count or anything. So it could of been overlooked.

    The vet came out again today just to re-evaluate the scratches (they were really swollen the first day) and still thinks it was a big cat, as do we. She's really sore still but infection doesnt seem to be setting in or anything. We have her in a pen by herself until she's scabbed up pretty well, though.
         
        07-29-2012, 04:04 PM
      #29
    Foal
    I'm in central Oklahoma , and we had a mountain lion sighting at a lake about a month ago.
         
        07-29-2012, 07:13 PM
      #30
    Trained
    Endiku, if you ever hear a baby crying or a woman screaming when you're in the bush -- it's neither. It's a big cat. It's truly eerie.

    As for closing down the trails until you know for sure... I don't know what the answer is there. You may or may not ever know there is a cougar there. And if you do find out, then what? Is that the end of trail riding? Difficult, isn't it?
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