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        10-11-2012, 08:20 PM
      #11
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    We have had credible reported sightings here in western PA in the last two years with verified tracks. These have been close enough to my farm to really make me wary!
         
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        10-11-2012, 08:40 PM
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    Trained
    Well, my BO has talked about getting some of those trail cameras.....I think now is a really good time. I am rarely in woods alone and quietly walking, so really doesn't worry me so much, when we are walking we are way too loud with dogs with us, chatting with friends-we never see a THING! BO has let the guy know who manages her land (for hunting) and he will certainly keep his eyes open.
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        10-11-2012, 08:56 PM
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    If they are supposedly extinct, Then you probably have no laws against chasing them like the folks in California.

    Get a couple of hounds and go chase this winter and have some fun.

    They are a treat to see in the wild. Enjoy

    I'd love to see one.
    We do have a law here in NH protecting them even though they don't exist. Makes you even more suspicious.
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        10-11-2012, 10:56 PM
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    Weanling
    Ugh. I was at the barn the other night and I could hear the worse feline screams I've ever heard in my life. You worry me because we're so close. My barn is in the suburbs but it borders a chunk of protected forest.

    I've seen a lot of deer around my barn, in fact this evening three of them were eating some of the hay I had by the back door and ran of when I got there today. I've seen foxes, and we've got amazing hawks that nest around the barn. While I think a mountain lion would be beautiful it's not on my list of wildlife to see outside a zoo or a preserve.
         
        10-11-2012, 10:59 PM
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    Trained
    I don;t know for sure, but I would think, at least in our case, there is plenty of "easier" prey for them without going for the horses that are closer to people. Yes, we are pretty close....
         
        10-11-2012, 11:25 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Yeah, Like I said there seems to be plenty of deer around my barn, some have been found the the paddocks in the early morning. Predatory animals always worry me though. The hawks make me worry about the barn cats, same with the foxes.
         
        10-11-2012, 11:52 PM
      #17
    Foal
    For a long time, the Conservation Dept of MO denied that there were any big cats in this area, even though they had been seen several times by individuals. They are finally admitting their presence here now. I have never seen one myself, and would just as soon keep it that way. From what understand, mountain lions "usually" won't attack riders on horseback, because we are "big". They "normally" attack smaller game. I have seen bobcats a few times, and coyotes are thick, so I see and hear them a lot. Foxes make a very strange sound, too. Kind of seems like a mix between a bird and a cat. Kind of, sort of, similiar to a peacock. The first time that I ever heard a fox, I had not clue what was making that sound. My friend and I are pretty sure that we heard a mountain lion in CO a few years ago. We were riding near some big rocks. Needless to say, we didn't waste any time getting on down the trail.
         
        10-11-2012, 11:54 PM
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    Foal
    Don't know why the above message kept trying to post twice and won't let me just delete it. Having to add this to get rid of the double post.
         
        10-12-2012, 12:08 AM
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    We have mountian lions out in the deep suburbs here ( I mean , those that abut forest land). There have been a few scares where one was seen hanging out at the edge of a school playground. There are some cases of big cats attacking kids in just such a scenario, up in Alaska and Brit. Columbia.

    I did see a bobcat on our trails twice last month. I was thrilled! But when Mac saw it, he absolutely would not go one step toward it, even though it jst stood there n looked at us from a distance. Gorgeous creature and no danger to humans, but they eat house cats.
         
        10-12-2012, 01:00 AM
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    Trained
    We have had lots of sightings in the lower penisula of Michigan, but the DNR refuses to admit they are here. I don't put much faith in the DNR these days, they try to cover too much crap up.
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