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Cougarsville

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:57 pm
by zelph

Re: Cougarsville

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:28 pm
by cadyak
man! Not an area I want to be hanging out. I am no cougar expert, but that does seem like some strange behavior.

Re: Cougarsville

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:02 pm
by ConnieD
That photo is just amazing: eight mountain lions in one photograph.

The article http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/f ... one-photo/ provides a plausible explanation.

I have been in mountain lion country; If the habitat is favorable, they are there.

There is one ridge, people around here refer to as a reef, because it is the first enscarpment of The Rocky Mountain Front, at the edge of the prairie.

That ridge has caves near the top. There are a lot of mountain lions and wildcats living on that ridge.

I have seen a mountain lion and, on a separate occasion, a wildcat near that ridge in broad daylight.

My guess is, the mountain lions regard that draw as good habitat.

Re: Cougarsville

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:20 pm
by Bfinnigan
Very cool pics! I have my camera trap set up quite often and that is one pic i don't want to see around my place. One coug is too many.

Re: Cougarsville

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:01 pm
by realityguy
Aw..I bet it was taken on the football field at WSU... ;)

Re: Cougarsville

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:05 pm
by sudden
realityguy wrote:Aw..I bet it was taken on the football field at WSU... ;)
I was thinking something like that too. Could it be a hoax or are cougars evolving into pack hunters?

Re: Cougarsville

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:34 pm
by ConnieD
The Spokesman article (link) exlains it may be two females and "cubs" including cubs of a previous year's litter.

The wildlife biologist quoted in that article offers that explanation.

The "explanation" the man wants to be annonymous may be that he put out a "feeding station" at his camera.

I don't know about Washington State, but, in Montana, that is against the law.

If a "feeding station", he might permanently lose his hunting license priviledges?

Even "professional wildlife photographers" have to obey the rules.

This first article refers to him as a hunter, who wishes to remain annonymous, who used a motion-sensor trailside camera like those highly advertised in catalogues for sportsmen and hunters.

Re: Cougarsville

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:08 pm
by zelph
I'm glad the guy got the photo. I'm sure wildlife organizations are going to learn alot about the group gathering.

We can only speculate on the motives of the hunter that got the photos. Let's hope that all is legit. :D