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post #11 of 64 Old 09-26-2010, 02:00 AM
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Cougars are hunted out here, so they are pretty scared of people and there aren't very many of them. I would actually love to see one someday (safely of course).

We were at the game & fish department one day getting our fishing licenses and there was a couple with a HUGE dead cougar in the back of their pick-up truck and a smashed bumper. The truck was brand new and they hit a cougar. What are the odds of that!? I think game & fish let them keep it. It was beautiful and I think the were going to make a rug out of it, but it would have been a real trophy stuffed!
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post #12 of 64 Old 09-26-2010, 02:02 AM
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I would have stuffed it as well. =)
I would love to also see one in person, just not in an incident where it sees me or my horse as its next meal. =P
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post #13 of 64 Old 09-26-2010, 02:02 AM
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They are hunted in Oregon and Washington as well. But when a bunch of yahoos got the baiting and hound hunting eliminated, the populations exploded. Cougars aren't afraid of people around here anymore. That's why there are so many problems. Same with the bears.

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post #14 of 64 Old 09-26-2010, 02:05 AM
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So why then has the Bureau of Land Management stepped in? are they waiting for someone to die? hmm.. I would fancy a cougar rug if the hunting became large again.
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post #15 of 64 Old 09-26-2010, 02:06 AM
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sorry I meant not stepped in. you would think they would order a mass hunting or something.. my experience with this isnt very high so I wouldnt know if they would even do such a thing.
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post #16 of 64 Old 09-26-2010, 02:08 AM
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They use dogs around here. But as a cat-lover I never thought that was fair. But maybe it would be a good idea in problem areas. I certainly wouldn't want to HAVE to worry about cougars. As it is, I never worry about them.
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post #17 of 64 Old 09-26-2010, 10:41 AM
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We have always had seldom cougars here. Normally, they are too scared to bother with people. They don't mess with livestock unless food is short. We have deers by the dozen, rabbits, coyotes, whatever else they eat.

My old mare was being kept at a friend's pasture with a weaned foal. Sadly, a mountain lion did attack the foal and kill it. As normal citizens however, we are NOT allowed to kill these cats. If they are a proven threat to livestock, like in this case, the sheriff's department comes in and baits a trap, and they get relocated. It's illegal here to hunt and kill them.

But the cats patrol a radius of up to 12 miles they say. So, normally after they kill something, they leave off somewhere esle, as they never caught the cat who got the foal. (sorry, off topic)

Back to the PO original post:
I was riding an old mare appy and my friend was riding her younger appaloosa. We were calmy walking along, rustling branches, running water, nothing bothered this old horse. Then, my friend's mare sneezed and farted at the same time.

I guess ol Magic thought the world was going to end. She lunged forward, scared to death, now, of course, my friend's horse wasn't scared becuase, well, she was the one that did it. But, when my mare took off, you better believe that she thought something was about to eat her alive.

After everything was clamed down, we all shared a good laugh about Magic, and how that was the only thing that got to her on the trails that day.

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post #18 of 64 Old 09-26-2010, 11:33 AM
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Mine is pretty bogus compared to the moutain lion and bears, but....a field where I regularly ride has about 15 turkeys in it quite often and they scared the poo out of Sista one day.
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post #19 of 64 Old 09-26-2010, 12:29 PM
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Boy, for a horse that has never seen them, turkey might as well be a large group of satan's little minions. We do have some of the larger predators around here like cougars and bobcats but they are so few and far between that it has been years since I saw one. We do have a few billion deer that are really good at spooking horses though. Gotta love when a deer jumps out of the plum thickets or the group of trees you're riding past.

My favorite though is my first summer riding Dobe. I was loping him across a pasture and all of a sudden, a coyote jumped out from between his front feet. I just knew that he was going to dodge and dump me but he never even batted an eyelash.
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post #20 of 64 Old 09-26-2010, 01:51 PM
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We come across elk, deer, coyote, foxes and moose, bears and wolves. The coyote, foxes don't seem to bother them, they get the head up ears forward for the elk, deer, but the moose, bears and wolves , they will stop dead and go no further.
Someone posted about why the BLM doesn't go after the mountain lions, etc that are reeking havoc??? Too many humaniacs involved politically now and they don't want the sweet little creatures to be killed. We now have a huge wolf problem outside Yellowstone and states around us decided to start a hunt for them. Idaho and Wyoming hunted the wolves as big game. But a judge in Montana managed to put a stop to all the wolf hunting and now the problem has gotten worse. Funny how a judge in another state can stop what other states want, but it was done. Humaniacs are getting to involved, they don't care that the wolves are killing cattle, sheep and horses, they just want to save them. Too bad when they turned them loose in Yellowstone, they didn't train them to stay there.
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