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Old 10/20/09, 09:15 AM
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It's Official, Mountain Lions in Kansas

http://kdwp.state.ks.us/KDWP-Info/Ne...RTHWEST-KANSAS

A hunter recently photographed a mountain lion in Kansas and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks confirmed that the photos were taken in Kansas as presented and that the story seems legit.


Here kitty, kitty. Maybe it is a reincarnation of the Otis-Bison cougar school mascot.
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Old 10/20/09, 09:21 AM
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wow - big kitties. This one was hit by a motorist just north of here -and was reported by the DNR to be an adolescent male about 160 pounds. Up here they prey entirely on fawns but I'll always remember this picture when I'm out huffing and puffing and snowshoeing.

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Old 10/20/09, 09:47 AM
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I'll be sure to share this news with DH, thanks Windy.

My dad had a horse scratched all along both sides of his hind quarters a couple of years ago. Dad is positive it was done by a cougar...of course Fish and Game said otherwise...

We used to hunt in NW KS--about 50 miles from WaKeeney...glad I didn't see a cat!

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My Ohio inlaws have seen a mountain lion/cougar fleetingly on the edge of the woods a couple of times and have seen the tracks around the barn, but "officially" no mountain lions exist in Ohio.

That is a huge animal, in that photo!

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Old 10/20/09, 10:05 AM
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My Ohio inlaws have seen a mountain lion/cougar fleetingly on the edge of the woods a couple of times and have seen the tracks around the barn, but "officially" no mountain lions exist in Ohio.

That is a huge animal, in that photo!
yes, and the DNR here says there are no Fishers or Canada Lynx in our part of the state but we have seen them BOTH!
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Old 10/20/09, 10:44 AM
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http://kdwp.state.ks.us/KDWP-Info/Ne...RTHWEST-KANSAS

A hunter recently photographed a mountain lion in Kansas and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks confirmed that the photos were taken in Kansas as presented and that the story seems legit.


Here kitty, kitty. Maybe it is a reincarnation of the Otis-Bison cougar school mascot.
Well unofficially, they've been up here for years...
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A hunter recently photographed a mountain lion in Kansas and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks confirmed that the photos were taken in Kansas as presented and that the story seems legit.
Wouldn't that make it a "flatland lion"?

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wow - big kitties. This one was hit by a motorist just north of here -and was reported by the DNR to be an adolescent male about 160 pounds.
"North" of you? North of you WHERE?!?!?
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would you look at the paws on that thing! Don't know if I'd be out in the woods with that possibly running around.

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yes, and the DNR here says there are no Fishers or Canada Lynx in our part of the state but we have seen them BOTH!
Fishers??
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My parents, sister and brother live in Kansas.

Now, I can only go there if I'm carrying a Bible, a Hello Kitty doll and a vial of dog spit.

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We have them here. In fact, my folks live right in a town, and they have come into town and right across the street from their house! They have been seen school ground property before too. When there is a sighting, they are always tracked down and taken care of by the Fish and Wildlife people. Our problem here has always been too many of them at times, not the rare sighting.

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"North" of you? North of you WHERE?!?!?
hee hee right around Marchwind's neck of the woods - Bemidjii, MN (or Bbbbbbbrrrrrrrrrrmidjii, as I like to call it!)

The DNR is always telling people who call to report sightings of these humungous cats that they are probably just seeing a
"neighbor's yellow lab or golden retriever ". Yeah, right.
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They say they aren't down here.

A friend went out to her barn one night and something was after her rabbits. It ran under the shed. Thinking it was a stray dog she looked under with a flashlight and it was a cougar. Its been in her freezer for 15 years.

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Old 10/20/09, 12:52 PM
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Fishers??

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/snapshots...ls/fisher.html

yes, these critters are tough - they look like minks on steroids and they can flip and kill a porcupine in nothing flat! They are FAST!
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A couple of years ago, Maybe even last year???? We had one near me. Everyone thought it was a hoax, because few saw him, only at night. Then a guy found him sleeping in his barn, course the cat took off, but they had tracks. They kept having SIGHTINGS of him, going South, and he was finally killed in Chicago! Least they SAY it was the cougar from here, in Southern WI.

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Old 10/20/09, 02:59 PM
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My Ohio inlaws have seen a mountain lion/cougar fleetingly on the edge of the woods a couple of times and have seen the tracks around the barn, but "officially" no mountain lions exist in Ohio.
That is EXACT:Y what has been happening in Kansas during the last few years! There have been sightings and tracks, but, "Officially" there were none of the big cats in KAnsas.

Until now.

Perhaps when somebody takes a picture or kills a cat in Ohio there will "officially" be big cats in your state as well?
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Old 10/20/09, 03:51 PM
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Officially we don't have mountain lions in PA either but there have been multiple sightings in the area.

WIHH, Thanks for that link now I know what I was seeing a few years ago in the neighbor's yard everyone thought I was nuts not knowing for sure what I was seeing. Still no idea how it got there though.

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Old 10/20/09, 07:17 PM
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Same thing in MO, Conservation Dept saying they aren't around, several hunters catching them on trail cams...of course Cons Dept also said armadillos weren't in MO either....until you started seeing a roadkill one ever 2 miles!

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Same thing in MO, Conservation Dept saying they aren't around, several hunters catching them on trail cams...of course Cons Dept also said armadillos weren't in MO either....until you started seeing a roadkill one ever 2 miles!
Now now everyone knows the armadillos were dropped by illegals on their way north why do you think they are called possum on a half shell.
we see our local big kitty fairly often
we have a dog that has scars from his tangle with it
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Old 10/20/09, 07:50 PM
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My parents & MIL laughed at me when I insisted I saw tracks near here & heard one screaming in the woods a few years ago. DH saw one run across the road in front of his truck in rural Miami co. ,KS, they have been writing about sightings there for some years in their local paper.

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Old 10/20/09, 08:01 PM
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They say they aren't down here.

A friend went out to her barn one night and something was after her rabbits. It ran under the shed. Thinking it was a stray dog she looked under with a flashlight and it was a cougar. Its been in her freezer for 15 years.
Uh...why is it in her freezer?
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Even though there are no mountain lions in Pa you would be hard to find a local who hasn't seen one. A few years back a hunter shot one I saw it in the paper. The State game dept showed up. Inspected the animal, confirmed it was a mountain lion then made the official statement "there are no mountain lions in Pennsylvania but if you see one don't shoot it". I recently read at a state wildlife site that "despite rumors no mountain lions have been killed in Pa. in the past 100yrs" obviously they have no problem with lying.

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Now now everyone knows the armadillos were dropped by illegals on their way north why do you think they are called possum on a half shell.
we see our local big kitty fairly often
we have a dog that has scars from his tangle with it
LOL I didn't know that Pyro, oh good another thing we can blame on illegals! :tongue:

I saw a puma years ago, I was around 13, at a friends house and we heard.....a woman scream. Looked outside in the pasture and her two rottweilers were fighting with a very big cat. Needless to say, we didn't go outside much that day lol


PS my man doesn't believe this story he thinks I was imagining things lol

PPS the man was out hunting turkeys last year and saw a wolf. Sometimes when we turn the coondogs out near the lake you can hear it howl when they first open up. We figure it was one that was a pet at first but got turned loose.
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We just had one try to make a deposit at the bank here in Lovettsville, VA and it was reported in the little paper that comes out once a week here. Actually the bank employees spotted it in the field by the bank and one went out for a closer look until the big kitty crouched down and flattened it's ears back and lashed it's tail. THen the employee decided that he could see it better from inside the bank

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My mom still swears she saw one on the way to church one morning a few years back in Gardner, KS. I believe her, she is NOT one to make up tales.

Several years ago, had several friends who worked at a plant on 119th st. in Olathe, KS swear they saw a BLACK big cat outside on the night shift sevral times. This was before 119th got so busy as it is now, however, so who knows?

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Kstornado11 - Could have been a black cat, big one. In a county between us a man was arrested for illegal transport of black panthers. It would only take one escaped (or turned loose) pg female to start a good population of them.

Plus a friend saw one in the edge of the trees not far from her house and I have heard of other sightings of the black ones as far as Virgil. I am only a few blocks from the friend and the llamas she was watching play saw it first and went to check it out.

Also saw the healed wound on the leg of a dog owned by another friend that lives 3 miles away. Two dogs didn't survive that encounter. They were coon dogs.

There has been a shift in the behavior of the local coyotes and I am starting to wonder if it could be because of the big cats.

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I happen to know there was one for about 4 years in COlby, KS.

My BIL owned him. Name was Keno. BIL bought him as a cub and raised him. Used to take him for walks on a leash. Fed him horsemeat. We have video of Keno and my ds when both were on the bottle. DS wasn't real fond of Keno...

However, once Keno got to be 150 lbs, and was 6 feet long, BIL gave him to a wildlife preserve. Keno had been declawed, so couldn't be released, and he was to used to people too.

Now, I do NOT condone owning wild animals as pets. I personally thought BIL had lost his mind, and DS was only around the cat once. I was only around the cat twice, he made me nervous. But there was ONE Cougar in NWKS!

(And, where THIS cat was photographed, he had to come in along the Smokey Hill River...which is where my old tree stand stood. I'm rather glad I didn't see him!)

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Sunflower, I think my mom did say it was black, & the one in Olathe was supposed to be black as well. Wonder how big their range is, might be the same one?

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I think we're liable to start seeing many more cats in areas that they 'don't exist' in anymore. Their habitat used to include the entire US - if their populations are increasing, why wouldn't they start moving back into their old hunting grounds?

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Kstornado11 - from Olathe to this area would be a very big territory. But on down to Virgil, which is south of Madison, would be huge. Not to likely it is the same one, but over the years different ones could migrate to different areas. That said, I don't know how the big cats deal with their living arrangements. Just hear that deer are their main food, so assume they follow the deer herds and water ways. It was in a low, wooded creek area the one near Virgil was seen and I KNOW there are a lot of deer there. Ditto here, creeks and deer. And I sure hope NOT a resident big black kitty cat.

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