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Old May 10th, 2011, 05:30 PM   #1
 
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cougars in Alabama

A while back I was in a local pawn shop and the subject of cougars was mentioned. I told the proprietor that I has personally seen one, fifteen years or so back; on the side of hwy 55 s just out of Lockhart. It was on a little rise beside the road on the left as I headed to Florala . I stopped the car, backed onto the opposite side of the road and shined my headlights on the animal. It was there across a two lane highway on one shoulder of the road while I was on the other. It casually stood there, then slowly turned and walked into the woods. It was a large one, looked to be thigh high,(tho I guess probably not that big) and entirely black. A conservation officer in the shop speaks up and says--` there are no cougars in Alabama; there once may have been some brown ones, there never has been any black ones. ` Ok, so I just lied?? I have heard the subject discussed several times since then and the story is always the same from state officers. It is a script they follow without variation....had I been younger and less seasoned I might have taken some exception to someone making such a contradiction to my face. I have no reason to lie or exaggerate and since that time I have heard similar witnesses from a lot of people I have talked to. Whatever the reason for this stonewalling by the conservation people I have no respect for it.



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Theres NO doubt in my mind there ARE cougars in AL. I don't care what color they are, they ARE in AL! Why else would they be listed in our regs books as "no open season"....Same with bears!
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A good friend of mine actually has pictures of one....cougar that is
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The Wildlife people must be the same everywhere. I have seen large black cats here in the mountains of N.C. and all the wildlife people we have talked to have denied they exist here. Wonder why

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They been seen in ashe county NC....
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I was talking to one at a bar here in Birmingham last week...
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We are starting to see more and more bobcats in PA I don't know if they are the same as cougars. I have a friend who has seen the same cat numerous times.

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Cougars are not black... those are jaguars
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I was talking to one at a bar here in Birmingham last week...
Cougars are hot LOL
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Cougars are hot LOL
Oh you Clintons are all alike....

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Your talking about the cat ,right?
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Hello to everyone, I where living in gulf coast of Al, in Foley and I can tell you that I see a cougar while I where biking, this place is near the coast like 5 minutes away but nobody trust me, later I start to check about this kind of cats and I just find this.....


Jaguarundi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I was thinking probably is was one of these due the one I spot it was on smller size than a cougar, but I canīt be sure 100% due is a more tropical animal....I still have that doubt....
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As rural people populations decrease and turkey populations increase they will be moving into new (actually old) areas.

Missouri wildlife agents denied they were in Missouri until someone hit one on 71 highway south of Kansas City. My wife's brother-in-law saw one several years ago near the Maris des Cygnes drainage ditch stocking the same turkey he was. He backed away and let the cat have it.
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As rural people populations decrease and turkey populations increase they will be moving into new (actually old) areas.

Missouri wildlife agents denied they were in Missouri until someone hit one on 71 highway south of Kansas City. My wife's brother-in-law saw one several years ago near the Maris des Cygnes drainage ditch stocking the same turkey he was. He backed away and let the cat have it.
Now they just say there are no breeding mountain lions in Missouri. One of the Jan. 2011 mountain lion kills was by coon hunters on my cousins land. I think if you have mountain lions, then they are probably breeding.
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Cougars are not black... those are jaguars
Correct. Also, Cougar, Puma, Mt. Lion, Panther... are all the same cat. There is speculation that a black Cougar exists but has never been proven. The term "Black Panther" is incorrect as that term is only used in descriptions of Melanistic Jaguars and Melanistic Leopards. Neither of which exist in the United States. Jaguars used to live in the United States but are officially extinct in the US and now only reside in South America. Also... the eastern variant of the Cougar/Puma/Mt. Lion/Panther is officially extinct and cougars are very very rarely seen east of the Mississippi.

So no. You did not see a black cougar since they do not exist but you may have seen a darker brown one as the officer stated... I'm sure it's not a script they follow but rather just conservation officers are knowledgeable about animals and know that there aren't any black cougars. I'm just curious as to why you would be in such denial that what you saw was brown and not black when you saw it at night from a distance?
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