April 03, 2012 at 10:09pm
im not a paranoid person that thinks the government is out to get me, but i do think ldwf is too hush hush about panthers in the state, in 05 when i took my hunters ed class, the subject of panthers came up, the instructor embarrassed the little boy that said something about a panther, made me feel bad for the little guy because he didnt just say they dont exist, he drove the point home to the little boy that their are no panthers, no road kill animals, and no proof they exist in the state.
about two years later, myself and a friend saw what we believed to be a panther at the edge of a large field, the next day i called ldwf and inquired about panthers, because if i dont know the legalities, ill call and ask, (i did the same when i caught a sturgeon in the mississippi river) just to be on the safe side. i was told flat out by lwdf that panthers do not exist in the state of louisiana, i probably saw a dog or a big house cat and it was my eyes playing tricks on me. so i asked the warden, well what happens if i kill one? the warden informed me that panthers are a federally protected and endangered species and that i would be arrested and charged with a federal crime if i shot one. i asked the warden how could i be prosecuted for killing an animal that doesnt exist? at this point the warden got very bent out of shape, and told me to do whatever i wanted and deal with the consequences whatever they may be and promptly hung up on me.
last year we took my neighbor to his hunting safety class, and during a break i was talking with the ldwf biologist they had on hand, we talked about wild pigs and louisiana black bears, he even told the class about a project where they are trapping bears from over populated areas and relocating them where there are no bears, but when i brought up the subject of panthers, he laughed in my face and told me the same thing, they dont exist, that he gets calls atleast once a week to his office but no one can ever bring him proof.
here is the strangest part to me, the picture i posted was taken when i went to get my boat registration from ldwf main office in baton rouge, staring back at me was a mounted cougar with a plaque underneath it that reads 'louisiana cougar november 30, 2008'
its strange to me how you can mount an animal that simply doesnt exist.
say what you want, but i still say the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. this is another catch 22 situation, you cant bring in a dead animal because its a crime to kill one, but how can you be punished for killing animal that doesnt exist?