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July 13, 2011

Video: Mountain Lion Sighted in Ohio?

By Chad Love

Mountain lion sightings are becoming increasingly common across the nation, but when you think "cougar" Ohio isn't exactly the first state that comes to mind...

From this story on fox8.com:
Bill Ecrement says he grabbed his camera after his wife said she thought she saw a coyote in the field behind their home. But what Ecrement saw was not a coyote. "She thought because we had a coyote sighting that she thought there was a coyote out there," said Ecrement on Friday.

"I said 'no, it's not a coyote,' and I looked it up on the computer to show her and grabbed the camera to take pictures of it."

The photos were taken from his kitchen window about 130 yards away from an animal, Ecrement says, was lazily sunning itself on the edge of a grassy field next door. The depth of field is hard to judge from the photos themselves, but Ecrement insists the animal he saw was much larger than a common house cat.  

"I guess it's probably about a hundred pounds, a hundred-twenty pounds maybe...probably stood two-feet tall, make a good German Shepherd look small," said Ecrement.

The photographs were taken on June 30, days before news reports surfaced of other sightings of a "mountain lion" roaming Stark County. The photographs show what appears to be another animal, probably a coyote, emerging from behind the cat and to its right. The second animal appears to startle the cat, which sits up and eventually follows the coyote into the woods.

"...A biologist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, who saw one of the photos, tells Fox 8 News without any additional evidence, he remains skeptical, believing the animal in the pictures was a common cat.

What say you? Is this a housecat or mountain lion?

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from jcarlin wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Based on the video I think that is conclusive evidence of ManBearPig. When they zoom in to the shot where the cat is still on all fours, assuming that's even a 4" fence post, the skull looks more than twice that size and the cat is further back, so perspective should make it seem smaller. That'd be on big tabby.

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from Hank111 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

The head and ears look alot more like a big male bobcat.
Too bad he did not get a picture of the tail.

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from Bushwackers wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

To me it looks like a chupacabra

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from Steward wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

I thought, "Bobcat," too, but the coloration looks too uniform for a bobcat. Would the camera blur the bobcat's pattern at that distance? I don't think. I think it is inconclusive.

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from Nebraskahunter18 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Not big enough to be a mountain lion. Why would a mountain lion be afraid of a yote? If you look at the darker post in the first picture next to the "mountain lion" it is a small post and the cat's head is about the same size. If it stands only 2 feet tall its too small, an average mountain lion is 2-2.5 feet tall at the shoulder. Unless its a youngin' its a house cat.

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Have seen the same mountain lion twice in Ohio.

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from VAHunter540 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Okay, so does anyone doubt that the other animal was a coyote? I think the 2nd animal certainly was a yore so if that be the case…. Why didn’t it eat the so called housecat? No Yote in its right mind would walk away from such an easy meal. Unless…… it wasn’t a housecat. I’m going with inconclusive but if I were going to bet on it. I would say it was a Mountain Lion.

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from ericb622 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

I think it is a bobcat. The ears and nose aren't right for a mountain lion. I took a 120 male lion last winter, the resemblance isn't even close.
Why didn't the landowner or wardens look for tracks, scat?

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Looks like tabby cat to me.

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from Sb Wacker wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Unfortunate last name, school must have been hard

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from Riverrat57 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Coyotes from the western states have made their way all the way down to Central Florida, Pythons from Burma to South Florida, Snakeheads from Thailand to Southeast Florida, and the list goes on and on, so why not Mountain Lions to Ohio? Doesn't seem too far fetched to me!

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from 007 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

One of the entries on my bucket list is to see the existance of eastern lions proven true. Doesn't look like a house cat to me.

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from Riverrat57 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Really suburban bushwacker? That comment from one who calls himself a wacker? People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

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from spiaailtli wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Anyone that has seen a mountian lion would know that isn't one. Bobcat...maybe. I'm not saying there are not mountian lions in Ohio, we have DNR confirmed sightings in Indiana. I'm just saying the cat in that video doesn't look anything like a mountian lion.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Hank111 has it right. It looks like a young bobcat.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

i'm not thinking mountain lion from those pictures.

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from shane wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

The shots are too grainy and too far away to say in this case. When you zoom in (looks like he was into the digital zoom here) things get distorted. By the shape of the head it looks like a kitty. This just amounts to more "cats on the internet".

BUT, I am 99% sure that they are/have been in some parts of OH. Ask the guy (legitimate biologist) that found a "kitten" on the side of the road.

Next thing he knows, he wakes up face down in the dust in a world of hurt, "kitten" is gone, big cat tracks in its place. Can you explain that one? It takes no explaining. It was a cougar.

This also goes along with one of their attack methods. They first lunge and "punch" with their front paws, stunning the victim. If they want you for lunch they go for the trachea and/or spinal cord. This guy was lucky and only received step one.

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from Mike Plotner wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

hmmm in ohio there mountain lions are not protected and i could get us some proof

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from rugerlady wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

My cousin lives 3 miles from an "establishment" in that area that (illegally) has (HAD??) a mountain lion/cougar (among other things...). (Even though they deny this, it's common knowledge.) The cat (as well as the other animals there) was not well cared for... and it is said to be declawed. There was just a report the other day that a guy WITNESSED a cougar attacking/killing a duck at dawn. He said the cat looked "malnourished". If the reported cat IS the one these people have/had, it would make sense. If it has no claws, of course it will attack a duck instead of say, a goat or a calf.... And the potential danger (other than the fact that yes, its a cougar) is that the cat isnt afraid of people, but rather used to them. And, lets face it.... there are MANY people with, shall we say "less than par" IQs out there... (((Like the tour guide who baited an 8ft croc to breech water against the side of his OPEN BOAT for tourists to see. Or the guy who fished a gator (albeit a 2ft gator) out of its enclosure at a park, to let kids PET IT. It BIT someone elses kid, and the guy, his wife and kids FLED.))) I hope they find it. For both the public's saftey and that of the cat. If this cat is formerly of this "establishment", its not "just a wild cat (and yes they are here) that wandered into the area"... It was forced here by people who had NO business bringing it here, and whether they LET it lose, or it escaped in desperation to find food and survive, its a threat to the public, and the public is a threat to it. And its well known that desperate times call for desperate measures.... Its only logical that this theory is not limited to humans....

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from Wildlifer wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago

There is no doubt that is a housecat. It looks like a cougar like a meadow vole looks like a beaver. I should know, I worked with cougars for years.

In Columbus, about 7-8 years ago, channel 10 TV had a similar report of a guy from Granville who photographed what he said was no doubt a 150 pound black panther from about 300 feet. The reporter said this was very likely a panther because it looked so big in the picture, and the local police department also thought it was a panther. Well, there was snow on the ground, and the animal left tracks less than 1 inch in diameter. Check it out yourself, even very young panthers have feet well in excess of 1 inch in diameter. Even large housecats have feet larger than 1 inch. This was definite proof that it was a housecat, but the homeowner & police still insisted that it was "definitely a large black panther". People are nuts. When they want to believe something bad enough, no amount of proof will convince them that they only saw what they wanted to see.

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Have seen the same mountain lion twice in Ohio.

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from Bushwackers wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

To me it looks like a chupacabra

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Looks like tabby cat to me.

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from Riverrat57 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Coyotes from the western states have made their way all the way down to Central Florida, Pythons from Burma to South Florida, Snakeheads from Thailand to Southeast Florida, and the list goes on and on, so why not Mountain Lions to Ohio? Doesn't seem too far fetched to me!

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from Riverrat57 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Really suburban bushwacker? That comment from one who calls himself a wacker? People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Hank111 has it right. It looks like a young bobcat.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

i'm not thinking mountain lion from those pictures.

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from Wildlifer wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago

There is no doubt that is a housecat. It looks like a cougar like a meadow vole looks like a beaver. I should know, I worked with cougars for years.

In Columbus, about 7-8 years ago, channel 10 TV had a similar report of a guy from Granville who photographed what he said was no doubt a 150 pound black panther from about 300 feet. The reporter said this was very likely a panther because it looked so big in the picture, and the local police department also thought it was a panther. Well, there was snow on the ground, and the animal left tracks less than 1 inch in diameter. Check it out yourself, even very young panthers have feet well in excess of 1 inch in diameter. Even large housecats have feet larger than 1 inch. This was definite proof that it was a housecat, but the homeowner & police still insisted that it was "definitely a large black panther". People are nuts. When they want to believe something bad enough, no amount of proof will convince them that they only saw what they wanted to see.

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from jcarlin wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Based on the video I think that is conclusive evidence of ManBearPig. When they zoom in to the shot where the cat is still on all fours, assuming that's even a 4" fence post, the skull looks more than twice that size and the cat is further back, so perspective should make it seem smaller. That'd be on big tabby.

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from Hank111 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

The head and ears look alot more like a big male bobcat.
Too bad he did not get a picture of the tail.

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from Steward wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

I thought, "Bobcat," too, but the coloration looks too uniform for a bobcat. Would the camera blur the bobcat's pattern at that distance? I don't think. I think it is inconclusive.

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from Nebraskahunter18 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Not big enough to be a mountain lion. Why would a mountain lion be afraid of a yote? If you look at the darker post in the first picture next to the "mountain lion" it is a small post and the cat's head is about the same size. If it stands only 2 feet tall its too small, an average mountain lion is 2-2.5 feet tall at the shoulder. Unless its a youngin' its a house cat.

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from VAHunter540 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Okay, so does anyone doubt that the other animal was a coyote? I think the 2nd animal certainly was a yore so if that be the case…. Why didn’t it eat the so called housecat? No Yote in its right mind would walk away from such an easy meal. Unless…… it wasn’t a housecat. I’m going with inconclusive but if I were going to bet on it. I would say it was a Mountain Lion.

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from ericb622 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

I think it is a bobcat. The ears and nose aren't right for a mountain lion. I took a 120 male lion last winter, the resemblance isn't even close.
Why didn't the landowner or wardens look for tracks, scat?

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from 007 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

One of the entries on my bucket list is to see the existance of eastern lions proven true. Doesn't look like a house cat to me.

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from spiaailtli wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Anyone that has seen a mountian lion would know that isn't one. Bobcat...maybe. I'm not saying there are not mountian lions in Ohio, we have DNR confirmed sightings in Indiana. I'm just saying the cat in that video doesn't look anything like a mountian lion.

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from shane wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

The shots are too grainy and too far away to say in this case. When you zoom in (looks like he was into the digital zoom here) things get distorted. By the shape of the head it looks like a kitty. This just amounts to more "cats on the internet".

BUT, I am 99% sure that they are/have been in some parts of OH. Ask the guy (legitimate biologist) that found a "kitten" on the side of the road.

Next thing he knows, he wakes up face down in the dust in a world of hurt, "kitten" is gone, big cat tracks in its place. Can you explain that one? It takes no explaining. It was a cougar.

This also goes along with one of their attack methods. They first lunge and "punch" with their front paws, stunning the victim. If they want you for lunch they go for the trachea and/or spinal cord. This guy was lucky and only received step one.

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from Mike Plotner wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

hmmm in ohio there mountain lions are not protected and i could get us some proof

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from rugerlady wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

My cousin lives 3 miles from an "establishment" in that area that (illegally) has (HAD??) a mountain lion/cougar (among other things...). (Even though they deny this, it's common knowledge.) The cat (as well as the other animals there) was not well cared for... and it is said to be declawed. There was just a report the other day that a guy WITNESSED a cougar attacking/killing a duck at dawn. He said the cat looked "malnourished". If the reported cat IS the one these people have/had, it would make sense. If it has no claws, of course it will attack a duck instead of say, a goat or a calf.... And the potential danger (other than the fact that yes, its a cougar) is that the cat isnt afraid of people, but rather used to them. And, lets face it.... there are MANY people with, shall we say "less than par" IQs out there... (((Like the tour guide who baited an 8ft croc to breech water against the side of his OPEN BOAT for tourists to see. Or the guy who fished a gator (albeit a 2ft gator) out of its enclosure at a park, to let kids PET IT. It BIT someone elses kid, and the guy, his wife and kids FLED.))) I hope they find it. For both the public's saftey and that of the cat. If this cat is formerly of this "establishment", its not "just a wild cat (and yes they are here) that wandered into the area"... It was forced here by people who had NO business bringing it here, and whether they LET it lose, or it escaped in desperation to find food and survive, its a threat to the public, and the public is a threat to it. And its well known that desperate times call for desperate measures.... Its only logical that this theory is not limited to humans....

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from Sb Wacker wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Unfortunate last name, school must have been hard

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