Cougar sighting

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  1. tlynch

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    Having the capacity for reason is not the same as using reason to choose a smart course of action.

    The folks I hear about getting hit by trains were doing things like walking on the tracks with headphones on, driving across an uncontrolled crossing without stopping to look or listen for a train, or bypassing a crossing control because they think they are fast enough to get away with it. All three scenarios would be avoided with even the briefest moment of thought about consequences.

    As a rule, I don't bet against the stupidity of people.
     
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    I was standing at the corner of this camping trailer when that cougar ran by the edge of the road at 12,45 am.
    The next day I measurred it off, it was 27 feet from whete I was standing.

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    I would have ran in side and got a, can of cat food I'm curious if they come to the noise to lol.
     
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    Troy, i know for a fact that the bobcat in my land does “not” come to the sound of a can. Or the cat food itself. Tho the cougar might be different. Lol
     
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    Because the cat is the cat food lol.
     
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  8. Highland Lofts

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    The guys out here that get cougars eat them. I'll pass on cat meat.
     
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  9. d2wing

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    DNR has denied them being here and claimed they were something else. A few have been shot, several on game camera's and last week one got hit on a major freeway in the metro area, and caught on camera. Yup they are here along with Black Bear wolves and coyotes all over.
     
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  10. Highland Lofts

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    Where are you from?
     
  11. Ironicaintit

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    I’ve heard it’s some of the best meat out there.
     
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    I've had mountain lion a few times . Taste pretty good to me .
    the pioneers ate a lot of it and bobcats , as a replacement for pork.
     
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    Yeah, I'll pass too. In fact, I'll pass on anything that eats meat.
    I don't even like fish. Yeah, yeah, I know - Omega 3 and all that. I'll take my Omega 3 in capsule form, thank you very much.:D
     
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    what snakes? and are they edible?
     
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    All snakes are edible far as I know.
     
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    I see the blame there on the dog owners.....not the Bald Eagle. Leave a dog run loose and you expose it to risks, depredation, being hit by a car, gettin' hung up on it's collar, etc. The Eagle only did what comes naturally to it. Same goes for those disappearing house cats that are allowed "outside". Just predators taking advantage of owner's ignorance. Then they cry..."oh boo-hoo, poor little Fluffy. Few years back I came across a dead hound that had been hit and killed along side a heavily used road thru a large parcel of public land. Had a GPS collar on him along with a owners tag. Called the owner up to return the transmitter and to let him know what happened to the dog. Had to listen to the owner blamed the GPS device for the dead batteries and whoever hit the dog. Neither was really at fault. Sometimes, stuff happens. You let a dog chase coyotes in an area with a busy highway and you need to expect something like that to happen. Let a little dog run loose in an area with predators there after some other easy meal(like a steelhead run) and you should know the risk. Same with horses and cattle in traditional predator territory. Easy to blame the predators, but they aren't the ones exposing the animals to the risk. Ma Nature ain't always the pretty lady she is depicted in the cartoons........
     
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    I live in Buffalo, Minnesota now. I have lived in other parts of Minnesota and have an RV between Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids.
     
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  18. Highland Lofts

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    I read on one of the forums where a guy was hunting deer in upper michagan and had a couple od deer close by acting shiddish. They finely bolted and around eight wolves started chaseing them deer. They ran past him on both sides chaseing after them deer.
    That would of been scary ecpecailly if they would of decided to hunt him down instead. Most states have the five cartridge maximum for deer hunting.

    Years ago I use to go fishing at the pier on Sanibel Florida and a guy use to rent a condo every winter there, he was from a town about thirty miles north-east of Fargo. Don was his name, he owned a 850 acre farm there.
     
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  19. Ru4real

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    I saw two cougars, together, a few weeks back while bow hunting Elk. But it took me a day to figure out what the heck they were doing.

    I was making my way thru timber and saw a cow elk in a clearing / sage field. It was only 6 pm but she was 125 yards away with no cover for me so I watched for 10 min. I had a ground blind set up about 200 yards down the mountain near water and I knew in about an hour thermals would keep the wind in my favor. I dropped into a ravine and made my way towards the blind. I had to come up out of the ravine to get into the ground blind, and then I could see back into the field.

    I couldn’t see the cow’s position sitting in the blind, but instead I saw a big cougar walking towards the elk, now about 250 yards away. Walking, not stalking. Then the cougar turned around and walked back to where it came, disappearing into the timber. A few min later, a second smaller bodied cougar came out and walked towards the elk, and then turned around and went back into the timber. They repeated this for an hour, and then I saw no more cougar action. I also saw no more elk that eve.

    At 8:30 pm that eve walking out through that field in the dark with my headlamp, my S&W 45 Colt mountain gun felt super comforting on my hip!

    The next day I found the partially eaten elk calf hidden under some down timber. I think the cougars were taking turns keeping mama at bay. Four days later the calf carcass was gone. Some bloody grass was all that remained. No hair, no parts, nothing. The first thing they ate was the hind Q, back straps and pushed the guts out of the way and ate the heart and lungs. Didn’t eat any of the guts first, which is different than coyotes or wolves. Here is a pic when I found the carcass the next day






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  20. Ru4real

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    d2wing - I lived in Monticello, MN for a half dozen years.
     
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  21. climbnjump

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    And here is a news article about that cougar being hit near the freeway. For those unfamiliar with the Twin Cities, this intersection is between two multi-lane interstate freeways and is not at all remote. It is in the middle of major shopping areas. Also interesting general MN cougar info in the article:

    https://www.twincities.com/2020/09/29/115-pound-cougar-fatally-struck-near-freeways-in-bloomington-dnr-says/

    But as secretive a cougars are, there have been more than a few reports of cougars in that area over the years.

    https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/08/21/possible-cougar-sighting-in-bloomington/

    https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/08/30/police-warn-of-possible-cougar-in-eden-prairie/

    (Eden Prairie is just west of Bloomington.)

    And finally there is this:

    https://www.cougarnet.org/sites/original/umw-desc/Cougar%20posed%20threat%20to%20public,%20Bloomington%20police%20say.htm

    The above article mentions 10 sightings in just the 3 years leading up to the one that was shot in 2002. Most articles talk about "no breeding population" in MN, but the one shot was a female. And the things just keep showing up year after year, so draw your own conclusions...

    But there isn't really much of a mystery as to why so many sightings in the southern Twin Cities area - it is just north of the Minnesota River Valley much of which is in the National Wildlife Refuge system. Much of it is remote and there are lots of deer and other critters for cougar feed.
     
  22. d2wing

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    Yeah, nobody believes the DNR when it comes to Cougars.
     
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    I lived in that area in the early 90's in a town named Ulen. Could have been a Sugar Beet farmer in the Red River Valley living in Felton, Ulen or another town
     
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    ...Or moose. They maintained for years that the drastic decline in the moose population in northeast MN was due to - global warming...

    Then, around 2012, they finally got around to doing a GPS collar survey of moose calves and they found out the same thing that every hunter in that part of the state already knew. Wolves were killing a large percentage of moose calves with black bears killing another big chunk. Gee, who knew... If you have a very low calf survival rate will the overall population drop? Well, it appears so. But I'm sure global warming still figures in there somewhere...

    https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/moose/calf.html
     
  25. Ru4real

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    And during the time of their study, they saw a spike in moose calf mortality above the rate they were studying. They didn’t fess up until AFTER the study was over. The additional calves that died causing the spike had a radio caller. You can’t make this stuff up.
     
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