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August 31, 2011

Trail Cam Snaps Photo of Cougar in Louisiana

By Chad Love

Cougar sightings have been - literally - all over the map this year, but now you can add a little Cajun spice to the simmering mountain lion gumbo...

From this story in the Houston Chronicle:
A trail camera got a shot of a cougar in rural Vernon Parish this month, but there's no telling where the animal is now, says the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' large carnivore program manager.

It was photographed Aug. 13 at a deer bait site and probably is a young male striking out for territory of its own, Maria Davidson said Monday. "He could easily be a hundred miles from there by now," she said. The department isn't releasing the location, which is on private land. It's very unlikely that the animal will find a mate in Louisiana.

The nearest breeding population of cougars is in West Texas. Louisiana's last verified sighting was in 2008. "At this rate I don't see a population establishing itself any time in the foreseeable future. We're too far outside of its known range," Davidson said. Davidson says there's no way to tell whether the one that was photographed is a wild cougar or an escaped captive.

What say you, Louisiana hunters? Wild lion or escaped pet?

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from Duckman1984 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Not really sure. If it is wild, I hope that it keeps moving on through. If it is a pet...sorry owner but it'll make a nice wall ornament if it gets to close. More and more sightings have been happenning around the Lake Charles area but none have been confimed like this one has. Only rumors so far...it seems that there might be something to them. Well, I'm checking my cameras this weekend I'll let y'all know.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

"....The nearest breeding population of cougars is in West Texas...."

HUH?

Is there a law in Louisiana forbidding "cougar copulation"?

Would a cougar in Louisiana be considered a "swamp lion" rather than "mountain lion"? LOL!!

Those folks need to wake up. There is no telling where all them critters is "at"!!

Bubba

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from smartz wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

just remember-- for every one u see, there's a dozen u don't. [:'=

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from pudgexl29 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Theres lots of rumors of cougar sightings around West Michigan here. Most of the pics are too blurry to tell anything from them. But the ones where its obviously a cougar, the DNR keeps denying that any cougars live in Lower Michigan.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Actually, it's the increased use of trail cams.

The actual study of cougars reliably informed that this is only a temporary measure, and will be lifted as soon as the Sasquatch mating season is over. This will be determined as soon as the Government Study On Sasquatch Mating Habits is completed. This will be completed as soon as the Government money is granted. This will be granted as soon as the obummer administration determines whether or not to include Sasquatch and Bigfoot in the Health Care plan. This will be determined as soon as it is determined if Sasquatch and Bigfoot are, indeed, the same species. This will be ascertained as soon as the Government money is granted for an independent study...............In other words, may be a while yet!
-crm3006

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from Louzianajones wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

They have been here longer than most people think. I got an up close look at one from within a hundred yards in 1969. I encountered another one near Archibald, La. in 1973. There was a pair of very large ones roaming the area at the time, and were seen by several people other than myself. Wolves are here as well. I have seen quite a few over the years. They are here, they just aren't as common as coyotes, which seem to be everywhere.

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from Xbox720 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Just wanted to say that I am new to this blog I love the topic post it’s such a fantastic read and the discussion is so very interesting, thanks for a super Blog, will be nice to meet so many new friends who share the same interests as myself, cheers guys looking forward to talking to you soon
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from keith450_4 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Clay Cooper
Liked your clarification. One thing is for sure; obummer & his sasquaches are MUCH more dangerous to our survival than a whole pride of cougers!

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

"....The nearest breeding population of cougars is in West Texas...."

HUH?

Is there a law in Louisiana forbidding "cougar copulation"?

Would a cougar in Louisiana be considered a "swamp lion" rather than "mountain lion"? LOL!!

Those folks need to wake up. There is no telling where all them critters is "at"!!

Bubba

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from Duckman1984 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Not really sure. If it is wild, I hope that it keeps moving on through. If it is a pet...sorry owner but it'll make a nice wall ornament if it gets to close. More and more sightings have been happenning around the Lake Charles area but none have been confimed like this one has. Only rumors so far...it seems that there might be something to them. Well, I'm checking my cameras this weekend I'll let y'all know.

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from smartz wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

just remember-- for every one u see, there's a dozen u don't. [:'=

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from pudgexl29 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Theres lots of rumors of cougar sightings around West Michigan here. Most of the pics are too blurry to tell anything from them. But the ones where its obviously a cougar, the DNR keeps denying that any cougars live in Lower Michigan.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Actually, it's the increased use of trail cams.

The actual study of cougars reliably informed that this is only a temporary measure, and will be lifted as soon as the Sasquatch mating season is over. This will be determined as soon as the Government Study On Sasquatch Mating Habits is completed. This will be completed as soon as the Government money is granted. This will be granted as soon as the obummer administration determines whether or not to include Sasquatch and Bigfoot in the Health Care plan. This will be determined as soon as it is determined if Sasquatch and Bigfoot are, indeed, the same species. This will be ascertained as soon as the Government money is granted for an independent study...............In other words, may be a while yet!
-crm3006

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from Louzianajones wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

They have been here longer than most people think. I got an up close look at one from within a hundred yards in 1969. I encountered another one near Archibald, La. in 1973. There was a pair of very large ones roaming the area at the time, and were seen by several people other than myself. Wolves are here as well. I have seen quite a few over the years. They are here, they just aren't as common as coyotes, which seem to be everywhere.

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from Xbox720 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Just wanted to say that I am new to this blog I love the topic post it’s such a fantastic read and the discussion is so very interesting, thanks for a super Blog, will be nice to meet so many new friends who share the same interests as myself, cheers guys looking forward to talking to you soon
Xbox720

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from keith450_4 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Clay Cooper
Liked your clarification. One thing is for sure; obummer & his sasquaches are MUCH more dangerous to our survival than a whole pride of cougers!

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