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3 recent cougar sightings reported near Natchez

 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:57 pm    Post subject: 3 recent cougar sightings reported near Natchez Reply with quote

NATCHEZ Despite experts' assertions there are no cougars in southwest Mississippi, three recent sightings have been reported near Natchez.

Ricky Smith, who has a degree in wildlife biology and has hunted game around the world, says he saw a cougar in the woods Sunday evening. That was less that 24 hours after a married couple said they saw one cross the Natchez Trace Parkway near the second mile marker.

A prior sighting in October also occurred near the second mile marker. Smith said he saw the big cat in the woods not far from there.

Smith said the animal walked to the edge of a food plot used for deer hunting when he was packing his hunting gear about 5:20 p.m.

"There's not a doubt in my mind," Smith said. "I know animals."

Smith says the cougar sat down and stared at him, then walked away.

"He sat like a dog but he looked like a cat," Smith said.

Cougars are reclusive and it's rare to see one, so Smith believes this one might have escaped captivity or been released by a pet owner.

Smith has noticed something else on his land he thinks is linked to the cougar - a lack of dogs.

Smith said in years past it was common to see dogs running through his land, but not this year.

"I haven't seen a dog all year," he said.

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20081115/NEWS/811150338/1001/rss01
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No cougars in Mississippi either... Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Smith has noticed something else on his land he thinks is linked to the cougar - a lack of dogs.

Smith said in years past it was common to see dogs running through his land, but not this year.

"I haven't seen a dog all year," he said.


That's an interesting observation...makes sense Exclamation
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rolling Eyes Shocked Idea I hear that cats love dogs as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmm.... reminds me of a coyote group that disappeared when the cats showed up!!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PaGuy wrote:
hmmm.... reminds me of a coyote group that disappeared when the cats showed up!!


Yup Exclamation ....although I think that's a good thing Smile

I do have a few people that have witnessed mountain lions killing and eating coyotes, one was in their driveway...they put the head lights on their car, the cat hissed, picked up the dead coyote and walked off Shocked

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting....I was wondering why all the howling stopped..... Idea
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