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    10-12-2012, 01:29 AM
  #21
Yearling
I wouldn't worry too much. Hereabouts they come to town and try to play in the casinos: Mountain Lion Cornered in Downtown Reno
     
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    10-12-2012, 07:54 AM
  #22
Trained
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Originally Posted by jamesqf    
I wouldn't worry too much. Hereabouts they come to town and try to play in the casinos: Mountain Lion Cornered in Downtown Reno
phew. That is good news, since we don;t happen to have one of those to close. Maybe they will stick to Niagara Falls or head to Atlantic City so they can play.
     
    10-18-2012, 07:14 PM
  #23
Trained
I love how the DEP keeps insisting the eastern mountain lion is extinct despite all the sightings in numerous states. There was a second sighting in CT a week after that other one was struck and killed by a car. They couldn't explain that one away, so naturally they said it was more likely a bobcat. I don't get what the problem is with saying, "yeah, they exist". At least then we could get advice on how to deal with them if we ever come into contact with them. My current plan is to run like hell and be glad I ride an OTTB stayer.
     
    10-18-2012, 08:31 PM
  #24
Yearling
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
There was a second sighting in CT a week after that other one was struck and killed by a car. They couldn't explain that one away, so naturally they said it was more likely a bobcat.
How the heck can they not think people will notice the difference between a bobcat and a mountain lion?? That is like mistaking a chihuahua for a great dane!!
     
    10-18-2012, 08:33 PM
  #25
Green Broke
When I was a kid I had the pleasure of having one less than 10 yards in front of me. I was about 6 or 7 at the time and the perfect size for a snack. I was at our cabin in northern Wisconsin. Nothing scares me more than one of those. I remember looking right at it's eyes and then very slowing walking backwards towards the house.

I have run into bear, mother and baby wolves, bobcats, you name it I've seen it. But that was the most erie animal of all. It was many years ago but I still remember those eyes.

It is the reason I am getting a gun this winter for when we start doing some more serious trail riding next season. That and our overwhelming wolf population.
     
    10-18-2012, 08:36 PM
  #26
Weanling
I live in upstate NY (tug hill region) and I have heard that a few different people have seen 2 Mt. Lions running together up here this summer.

1 doesn't worry me too much, but 2 together means trouble.

Whether there is an actual reproducing population around NY I don't really know, but it woudln't be hard for someone to have one illegally and it to be let loose or get loose. I've heard a lot more wild boar sightings around the state because of illmanaged game farms.
     
    10-18-2012, 08:44 PM
  #27
Green Broke
I am in lower NY and we have them down here,,,the bf caught one on the trail cam at work a few weeks ago. Spooky..
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    10-18-2012, 09:16 PM
  #28
Trained
Well, I suppose it is not that far fetched. WE have mentioned it to the hunter who hunts the land also.
     
    10-18-2012, 09:26 PM
  #29
Weanling
My only advice...if someone shoots one I woudln't make it public.

I have the feeling that DEC goes from the "they are NOT in the state" to a "you can't do that, that is illegal" very quickly
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    10-18-2012, 09:31 PM
  #30
Green Broke
Depends. A few years ago back in Wisconsin if you saw it you were to shoot to kill. It had been taking out full grown cows took a huge chunk out of a horse. I don't remember what happened but I think it was killed. They will roam hundreds of miles. So it would not be unheard of for one from the Dakota's to end up in ny.
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