Mountain lions in Mass

Mountain lions in Mass

PostBy: heartofcoal On: Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:42 pm

February 09 My neighbor takes a photo of a print in the snow in his back yard
For reference he lays a dollar bill below it. The track is about 4 inches wide and definitely a cat!
Mid May. I had tilled my neighbors corn field for him. Two days later he said there were cat tracks as big as his fist.
July 23rd 5:30 am I was taking my wife to work and not 300 yards from my house, there it was in my neighbors front yard
looking right at us! Holy crap. Have'nt seen it since but the deer population has gone way down.
Mass Wildlife has had a lot of reports of sightings but they'll only acknowledge one from out at the Quabban.
Hey SMITTY! you seen anything?
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Re: Mountain lions in Mass

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:41 pm

Not yet! Just the little versions that eat my garbage & kill all the mice outside ... :lol:

I've always wanted to see a mountain lion in person. That would be mint! I have a huge respect for big cats. I could never hunt one for that reason.

I heard they were making a comeback. All the ones I heard about were in far western MA ... but you guys are getting them in N.E. MA? That's crazy! :o
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Re: Mountain lions in Mass

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:00 am

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Re: Mountain lions in Mass

PostBy: heartofcoal On: Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:13 am

What a beautiful animal. I've only seen one other out on a back road in Gunnison Colorado.
Watched a hunting show on ESPN years age. They used dogs to tree the cat, then shot it. Real sportsman huh.
There was another in Beverly Ma. somewhere along the Ipswich river. I guess someone found a deer carcass, and biologists confirmed it was a mountain lion kill.
Two sightings in Salem NH. One guy said he watched it for about 20 minutes ( lucky bastard) Could be the same one. They have a big home range.
After I saw the one near my house, I went on line to do some research. A mountain can leap fifteen feet straight up in to a tree. That's the height of my deer stand!
Personally, I think they've always been here. But Mass Wildlife does'nt want people freakin' out. So they deny it.
How about the farmer that shot the Grey wolf out in Shelburn a couple years ago! Grey wolves in Mass. confirmed!!!
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Re: Mountain lions in Mass

PostBy: franco b On: Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:48 pm

This is from Sharon CT.

My neighbor had one in his yard. Deer are way down, Azalea hasn't bloomed in years but this year full bloom.
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Re: Mountain lions in Mass

PostBy: titleist1 On: Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:05 pm

That one looks like it's waiting to be fed, just like the smaller versions that hang out on our back deck, looking in the slider wondering when the food is coming out!

I prefer my mountain lions to be a little more uncomfortable around human surroundings than that one is...or the after dinner trip taking the garbage out to the dumpster could be a little too exciting for me! :shock:
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Re: Mountain lions in Mass

PostBy: mason coal burner On: Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:01 am

those look like pondarosa pines in the pictures . they grow out west .
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Re: Mountain lions in Mass

PostBy: KLook On: Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:18 am

They are here in E. ME as well but no one will admit it. Kinda glad they dont because the environazis would shut us down even more.

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Re: Mountain lions in Mass

PostBy: heartofcoal On: Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:26 pm

I like the idea of them being around. We need natural predators to keep things in check.
As long as we don't have problems like out in california.
When you think about how a ten pound house cat can tear you up!
Man, I would'nt want any part of that!
I admit, I was pretty paranoid out in the woods after seeing one right across the road.
I worry more about the Coyotes than the Cougar though.
They've been a little too brave the past few years.
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Re: Mountain lions in Mass

PostBy: theo On: Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:39 pm

Here, Kitty, kitty kitty. A litle to close for me!! Is he at the drive thru window??????? :bighug:
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Re: Mountain lions in Mass

PostBy: Paulie On: Sat Feb 05, 2011 1:12 pm

Nice Kitty-Good Kitty. I am not wild about them, something about the predator that can eat you.....hmmmm. They are cool,
but I would prefer them as a comfy carpet in the living room. Coyotes are bad enough, wait until some kid gets eaten, then
the poop will fly.
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Re: Mountain lions in Mass

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Sat Feb 05, 2011 1:29 pm

I have kids and wound NOT have a big cat like that outside my door :rambo2: Not that they are prone to attach humans, I'm just prone to attack them !!!
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Re: Mountain lions in Mass

PostBy: theo On: Sat Feb 05, 2011 1:46 pm

Just look at the front leg's on him, that is all muscle!! Here Kitty,kitty kitty!
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Re: Mountain lions in Mass

PostBy: heartofcoal On: Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:34 pm

Oh yea. They're all muscle!
I saw a video of one dragging a deer up into a tree!
That takes some serious power.
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Re: Mountain lions in Mass

PostBy: franco b On: Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:43 pm

I remember reading years ago about a hunting club out west that thought cougars were taking too many deer. They set out to exterminate the lions and succeeded. The deer then overgrazed the land and starved. They wound up with no lions. no deer, and no forest.
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