Discussion in 'The Hunting & Fishing Forum' started by TranterUK, May 4, 2009.
I think the horse did not stand a chance. Too bad.
I live in California, east of Sacramento in the Sierras at 4000'. I've seen one mountain lion since I've been here (4 years). That one walked across the back of my neighbor's property about 100' away from the patio where 12 people were having a BBQ. I've also had that "low growl" experience. One Thanksgiving my wife and I took a walk to let the turkey settle. We left at dusk and as it was getting dark, stopped alongside the road to rest. From the bushes immediately behind us we heard the low, rumbling growl of a very large critter. I told my wife to slowly walk home, while I walked behind her facing whatever was in the brush. We had no weapon, only a flashlight, and made it back to the house without incident.
The attached picture is of a print I found on the doormat on our deck just outside the garage door. I had noticed that the garage cats had been a bit freaked out that morning. As I was working in the garage, I noticed that some plywood sheets that I had laying on the floor were covered with the same prints. No wonder the cats were all rolled up in little balls of fur hiding in the dark recesses of the garage.
I compared the prints to some on-line sources and believe them to be a large bobcat or small mountain lion. Can anyone verify that?
Mountain lion sighting aren't rare on our road. Neighbors have seen them hunting on their property, deer remains have been found, and the PG&E man has advised that a lion has made a weekender's property his home, which is just across the road from us.
Bad news about this cat, Pinecone. The fish and game agents used too much tranquilizer and it died.
I hear about cat sightings almost every week, from all across the east and mid-west but no one post their sightings here. Why ? is it because its a so called dead horse issue that no one wants to hear about because you think no one will believe you anyway...??
I saw a huge cat in Jefferson, SC crossing the rd just after dawn one morning. It was HUGE; tail to nose about 8'. (measured by 10' traffic lane) It was also jet black; much like that pic catman.
I went to the game warden office as soon as I got back to Darlington Co. They didn't call me a liar. But, they told me they weren't aware of any cat populations in that area.
I am an experienced hunter and woodsman. I'm also educated in "wildlife" biology. I have no doubt that what I saw was the BIGGEST cat I've ever seen in the wild; and it was BLACK.
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