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Cougar Photo Surfaces in Louisiana. Well guys, here's the photo, and you can follow up on the link I'm providing below. It's not conclusive, but I wouldn't reveal the exact location either. You decide.

http://www.thejump.net/multimedia/cougar/index.htm
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Tomorrow
Tomorrow I will post a picture taken at that spot of another animal that will narrow it down even more! It's a Louisiana cougar guys. Looking forward to seeing a wild one with my own eyes one day.
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Mike
Hey Mike are you omegaman? If so I'm gonna send you an e-mail in a few days.
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woa
hey i think that cat come outa the marsh
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omegaman66
Three-sixty-five, yes that is me! Looking forward to your email.
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Range
Hey Mike I cross referenced the bear and possum ranges. I'd say it narrows it down to the Ozarks, the Appalachians, and good ol' Louisiana. Check your e-mail.
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cougar
I saw one for the first time in my life. I was driving from Denver to Grand Junction. He was cutting thru a open field. There was no where to pull over to get a picture. Was still nice to see thou.
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Pictures
Can/will you post a daytime pic. from that trail cam?
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I don't have any daytime pics. They are all nervous over the excitement this has caused and I don't expect to be able to post any new pictures that they might get developed.

But I have a few more pics that will knock your socks off. So stay tuned... I will put them up as time allows. Right now I hardly have time to sleep.

Apparently this is the year of the cougar! We had the year of the record specks a couple years ago and now it is the cougars turn. Florida is on pace to have twice as many road killed cougars this year as they did last year. I hope this is an indication of an expanding population.

Also I have another man that says he has one coming to his house. He put out a trail cam but so far nothing but coyotes. This cougar are something??? shredded the bark on a small tree in his yard. He has seen the cougar one night when he stayed up late to see what kept setting off his outside alarm. Fingers crossed that this might end up being another Louisiana confirmation. Time will tell.
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Cougar attacks
Last night there was a show on cougar attacks that the people survived , they say if you confront one don't turn your back on them ,walk away backwards , stay in eye contact and try to make yourself look big as possible , stand tall and if you have a jacket or shirt use it to like wings , they like to attack from the rear
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Cougar attacks are very rare but we should all know the proper way of avoiding an attack. ALL of the attacks, of which there are only a few as compared to black bears, snakes, spiders or even deer have occured out west. Unfortunately the cougars that we have and will be getting in the future are probably going to be of western descent.

I find the next issue very ironic. As most of you know the Florida Panther, which is 100% cougar just like the ones out west are alive only in limited numbers in the south of Florida. At least officially but that is another debate. Anyway there has been a lot of time, money and research put into protecting them and bringing them back from extinction. This program has been successful and now Florida has been wanting to move some to other parts of the county so that they wont have all their eggs in one basket.

Well they did a search to find the best cougar habitat in the Southeast. The best of the 10 spots they determined was in Arkansas. Well Arkansas wouldn't allow them to bring in any of the Florida Panthers! Well cougars have been documented in Arkansas so they are going to get cougars back thanks to the western cougars expanding eastward.

So I find it very Ironic that they said no to the florida panthers because of fears of the people there and now instead of having the slightly smaller more timid florida panther in their state they will have the large more dangerous cougars from out west.
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map
Looks to me that almost the entire US has a population of black bear and Opossum in some part of most states. I do hope that this is in La. I would be happy with anywhere in the Gulf south. Hope to see some more pics.
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Mike
MIKE I have seen and hunted all of these in Northern California . I lived there in Humboldt at a time when there was a year around season on all these critters! sure have seen them on a riverbed just like these pics ! need some more proof maybe ? Capt Bob
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Just to be clear about this, I know where the cougar pics come from, they came from Louisiana. I am not trying to prove this to myself as I already know. But I am not allowed to prove where in the normal manner to others because they want this kept under wraps as to the exact location.

They were nice enough to let the pictures out even though they are apprehensive about the location being found out.

So Just to be clear the picture are from La. and if you don't believe it then that means you don't trust me. No problem if anyone doubts as most people here don't know personally.
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I believe !!
Mike,I have seen one up close! and know of other people that I trust that have seen them so I have no trouble believing you...If I had proof of a panther on my land I would be jumping for joy!,but I can understand why your friends are keeping it quiet,the president of our club would be pissed if I called WLF about a panther!....Anyway correct me if i'm wrong but don't panthers have a home range of about 400 square miles?(males), they're always roaming so most likely it's long gone from St.Mary,Concordia,Tensas,Avoyelles or Pointe Coupee Parishes. LOL
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Apoligise !
Mike had no idea these were LA pics ! did not get that from the post! sorry did not mean to slam your truthfullness !I appogise Capt Bob and PS glad there here!!!
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That is right. Cougars have HUGE home ranges. Not 400 but about half that size. 200 square miles is a whole lot of land.

What makes the comeback of the cougar in the east such a problem is that cougars aren't like deer. You can't build up populations of them in an area. They self regulate. Which means a male cougar doesn't tolerate another male cougar in its territory. This is one of the the largest sources of cougar deaths in Florida. Males killing other males.

This means you need vast tracts of land just to have a few cougars. Very little of that remains. Sure there is enough here and there for a single cougar but inbreeding of small populations can do in an entire areas cougars if fresh genes aren't supplied.

I firmly believe there are cougars scattered across Louisiana and Arkansas as well as some in Mississippi. We will find out over the next 10-15 years just exactly how much land is required for cougars to become well established like in South Florida.

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Capt. Bob no need to apologize. I didn't take it as a slam. I just wanted to make it known that I know these pictures are from Louisiana, you have my word on that, and I would just love to be able to prove that to people that have doubts. Hence the attempt to eliminate territory with the presence of other stuff in the photos.
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Cats and Bears
Back in my hound days ive seen cats and bears cover 30 to 40 miles or more in a days time ! once you find a crossing its not to hard to start them lol Glad theres no hunting of them here neither are really dangerous to humans ! Capt Bob
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Panthers In Louisiana
Hey Mike, I have a feeling there has been panthers in Louisiana for some time now. Not to mention Mississippi. I have seen one on Ben's Creek WMA and told a wildlife agent that worked there about it. He said he knew they were there and had seen a mother with cubs. I don't know if it was something he wanted to keep under wraps or what. A friend of mine had one on his property in Bush a few years ago which actually made the news. This past hunting season a couple of friends saw one in the Homochitto Forest eating on a deer carcass on the side of the road one night. I am of the opinion for what it's worth that panthers have probably been around down here for a while when you hear about reports going back years ago. Now that we have internet and trail cams you hear about it a lot more.
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I agree as well. Although I can say 100% it was a cougar when I was in High School I saw some cougar tracks along the Mississippi River near Port Hudson. They came out of the woods, milled around the now totally empty shell of an armadillo and then continued straight to the river for a drink. After that the tracks went straight back into the woods.

At that time I didn't know there weren't suppose to be cougars around here anymore. Had I know we could have had it documented and proven by a biologist.

My brother who graduated in wildlife management has seen cougar twice in his life. Lucky him.

Just baseing my guesses on hard evidence of cougars showing up I would say the population from Louisiana to Minnesota is expanding and increasing. Majority of these confirmations turn out to be males. The males are the ones that most often disperse hundreds of miles to find there own territory.

So, since the majority are males then that means they are coming into the area from somewhere else and the local population where it even exist is very very low and might be so low that the cougars die without the opportunity to reproduce or reproduce fast enough to replace natural mortality.

There are about believed to be about 100 cougars left in Florida right now. So far this year 11, I think have been killed, many by cars. We don't seem to have nearly that many turn up around here so I have to assume there are more in Florida than in Louisiana.
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Think About It
Think about this: Yiou have to understand conservation groups. They receive federal, state, and private subsidies for thier efforts to protect and promote the cougar in Florida. Anyone who works or volunteers his time at these organizations is extremely passionate about the cats' survival. Therefore, these organizations have an incentive to drastically underestimate the wild population of the cougars in Florida; if not, they face restrictions in funding and lack of jobs, not to mention money to protect an animal they've devoted their entire lives to. All I'm saying is there's probably plenty more than 100 in Florida; just something to think about. I mean, if 11 were killed there this year alone, 100 just seems a little low. Kind of like global warming: if they make you feel like it's a dire threat, your more willing to give your money to the cause.
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I Believe
One thing for sure that is a busy trail where those photos where taken and I would rather walk the streets of New Orleans at night than there ------- 30 and a few years ago we hunted between Angola and Simmsport with some friends that lived up there who were always in the woods and they use to tell us all the time about seeing brown and black cats , personally I never seen one but was shown and seen tracks on ocassion that made the hair go up on your arms and gave you chicken skin thinking about how I was walking through those same woods in the dark ------ anyone know what color a panther's eyes would light up under a Q-beam
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