Another horse attacked by cougar in Michigan - A second southern Lower Michigan horse has been attacked by a cougar, the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy reported.
 
 
 
 
(Note: This news story is being published by several papers in northern Indiana, where cougars have likely been since their "re"introduction in Michigan.)
 
 
 
December 29, 2005
 
 
 
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Midland Daily News
 
124 South McDonald Street
 
Midland, Michigan 48640
 
989-835-7171
 
 
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One week after Berrien County issued a cougar-related "Public Safety Announcement" in early December, the Conservancy helped the Berrien County Sheriff's Department and Animal Control Office investigate the attack on a horse by a cougar that had occurred on the night of November 26, 2005.
 
A 20-year-old, 1,000-pound horse had been injured so severely, the Conservancy reported, that it was euthanized the following morning by a veterinarian.
 
County officials and Dr. Patrick Rusz, Director of Wildlife Programs of the non-profit Conservancy, exhumed the horse and examined it with assistance from Dr. Mark Johnson, the veterinarian who euthanized the animal.
 
They found clear-cut evidence, including distinct claw marks, and tooth punctures, that indicated the horse was attacked by a cougar.
 
The Conservancy has been studying cougars in Michigan for nearly eight years, documenting the presence of the large cats in more than a dozen counties in both the Upper and Lower peninsulas through DNA analyses of droppings (scats), and photographs of the animals and their tracks.
 
For more information, visit the Conservancy's website at www.miwildlife.org
 
 
 
Copyright 2005, Midland Daily News.
 
 
 
 
Additional, related reading:
 
 
 
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Cougar attack?
 
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Cougar confirmed in Berrien County [Michigan]
 
December 10, 2005
 
Excerpt: '"...they determined that it was a cougar because of the bite marks on the horse. He said at least six of them went through the bone and another eight were "fairly deep," ripping at least 1 3/4 inches into the horse, which he said is consistent to the length of a typical cougar fang. "It's definitely not a dog or a coyote," [Dr. Patrick] Rusz said."'
 
 
 
 
Dead horse exhumed
 
December 9, 2005
 
Excerpt: "Dr. Patrick Rusz with the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy, says, “The claw marks were definitely were evident and very striking in a number of places on the front end of the animal so there's absolutely no doubt based on the extensive clawing that this was a cougar attack.” The horse will be reburied. Officials are warning if you own livestock or have pets to be on the lookout for cougars. If you do see one of them, don't harm the cats for they're an endangered species. Just get out of the area and let animal control know."
 
 
 
 
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(Note: Ah, Language Deception! The article's title does not even mention cougars. "Some cases" -- but not ALL cases, or even MOST cases -- of mountain lion sightings are "inconclusive," says Pennsylvania Game Commission employee Vern Ross. How much of a "mountain lion sighting" expert is Ross? Does he endorse -- either openly or secretly -- the "re"introduction of large predators nationwide? Reference to only the "Florida" "eastern mountain lion" having survived being "extirpated" is pure Language Deception, because "Florida" panthers were trapped in TEXAS and TRANSPORTED to Florida, where, upon their release, they magically became "endangered" "Florida" panthers. Amazing, huh? And deceptive -- VERY deceptive.) 
 
 
 
December 4, 2005
 
 
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Scranton Times-Tribune
 
149 Penn Avenue
 
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18503
 
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Excerpt: "Cougar sightings

The Game Commission is not the only organization eager for help from area hunters regarding cougars,

Eastern Puma Research Network (EPRN) would like reports of any cougar sightings.

Call them puma, cougars, panthers or as they are best known in Pennsylvania, mountain lions, it’s all the same animal.

“Some people doubt their existence; others are excited to hear the cougar has been living in our mountains for decades,” says John Lutz executive director of EPRN. “Hard evidence is often difficult to acquire because the cougar is a very elusive animal that shies away from people. Hunters can help to prove their existence by gathering valuable evidence and contacting the Eastern Puma Research Network (EPRN),” he said.

Lutz says his organization has more than 1,000 eastern sightings on the books, but little hard evidence.

Cougars do exist east of the Mississippi in some mid-western states. Cougars that live east of the Mississippi are protected under the 1973 Endangered Species Act.

The Game Commission says Pennsylvania’s last known wild eastern mountain lion was killed in Berks County in 1874.
 
And, except for Florida, the eastern mountain lion is believed to have been extirpated from the East Coast by 1900.
 
But, over the years, mountain lion sightings have been reported throughout the state.

“The overwhelming majority of cases we investigate are proven to be mistaken identity based on examination of tracks, photos or other physical evidence,” said Vern Ross, PGC executive director. “Some cases are inconclusive.”

And, while some believe mountain lions exist in the wilds of Pennsylvania, we have no conclusive evidence to support such views. However, if someone does encounter a mountain lion, the most logical explanation would be that the animal escaped from or was released by someone who either legally or illegally brought the animal into Pennsylvania.

Mountain lions weigh between 75 and 200 pounds, are straw or tan in color and are from 6 to 8-feet from nose to tail. Their head looks proportionally small for their body and they have a long tail. They are “solitary, silent, highly intelligent, extremely wary of humans, stealthy in the extreme and secretive.”

Mountain lions can jump 14-feet straight up in the air. And while their favorite food is white tail deer, don't believe that rural rumor that the Game Commission released them to control deer populations.

If you see a cougar or think you've seen one, contact Eastern Puma Research Network, HC 30 Box 2233, Maysville, WV 26833."
 
 
Copyright 2005, Scranton Times-Tribune.
 
 
 
 
Keep an eye out for the big cats
(Note: Brockway does a job seeking to make it appear that, if there are cougars in New York State, they're just "surviving" -- never mentioning that they are multiplying and thriving because they have been "helped along" by those involved in implementing The Wildlands Project. Whether openly or surreptitiously, cougars are showing up in almost every state in America. Endangered? That status should apply to the "prey species" that cougars eat, which includes people's pets, and eventually, their children and even adults. Joggers and bicyclists in Colorado and California have already proven that cougars "exist" and do attack and kill people. Downplay it as he does, it's still a fact, and so is The Wildlands Project.)
 
 
December 2, 2005
 
 
 
By Rick Brockway brockway@dmcom.net
 
 
 
Oneonta Daily Star
 
102 Chestnut Street
 
Oneonta, New York 13820
 
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A large animal ran in front of two local men the other morning as they drove to hunt deer.

"What was that?" one asked.

"I think it was a coyote," his friend responded.

"It didn't look like a coyote to me," the first said. "It looked more like a big cat."

They slowed down and saw a large, tawny animal with short, round ears and a long tail crouching in the tall grass. The creature immediately ran off into the brush.

The following day, they asked me if there were any cougars around here. I said some have claimed to have seen them, but the Department of Environmental Conservation insists mountain lions or cougars do not live in New York.

I  said it was probably a bobcat, since there are many in the area.

I hesitated to tell you this story until last Friday, when I received an e-mail from John Lutz, co-founder of the Eastern Puma Research Network. He and Baltimore anthropologist R. Pennington Smith started the organization in 1983, and the two have collected data on puma, cougar and mountain lion sightings for more than 40 years.

According to Mr. Lutz: "I'd like to set the record straight ... there are definitely WILD big cats in the Empire State. The majority of WILD mountain lions are in the Adirondack Park Region, but smaller populations survive in the Catskills & Finger Lake Regions."

Included with the e-mail was a color-coded map showing five panther events.

Two spots were casts of footprints and one was a "body" in the Adirondacks.

The other two sightings were videos and photos in the Finger Lakes Region.

"This map lists detailed reports by various independent wildlife scientists, NOT associated with any state’s wildlife agencies," Lutz wrote.

They claim there have been more than 900 sightings of big cats in New York since 1965, many of which were "from credible witnesses with backgrounds in forestry, law enforcement and wildlife."

Over the past few years, many locals have told me they've seen mountain lions in the area. I have never seen one and have spent a lot of time in the woods.

However, as I've said before, I did see large tracks one snowy day in the Adirondacks that I thought belonged to a mountain lion.

I didn't get any casts because I was three miles or so from the nearest road, chasing a big Adirondack buck along Long Pond Ridge at the time.

Let’s face it, there’s a lot of wilderness in the Catskills and the Adirondacks. Sooner or later, whether it's here in Delaware or Otsego counties or along some back road deep in the heart of the mountains, one of these big cats is going to wind up under someone’s tires if they truly exist.

If one person sees a mountain lion, others in the same area are going to see it, too. A hundred-pound animal can't hide forever. He has to eat and obviously will wander through your backyard sooner or later.

In this day and age, most people know what a mountain lion looks like thanks to TV, movies and magazines. I believe if you see one of these animals, you should be able to identify it.

But at 60 miles an hour and at a distance of 200 yards in the wee hours of dawn, was that really a mountain lion or some fat, old house cat that hasn't gone very far from its bowl?

Until actual proof is brought forth, all we have is a possibility that a mountain lion has wandered through the area.

Remember, if these big cats are living in our forests and swamps, they are listed on the Federal Endangered List and are protected.

 

For more information, contact the Eastern Puma Research Network [EPRN] at the website http://www.easternpumaresearch.com

 
 
Copyright 2005, Oneonta Daily Star.
 
 
 
 
Notebook: Hunters asked to look for mountain lions
 
 
(Note: It appears that The Wildlands Project implementers are seeking nothing more than for people to confirm that their "re"introduced mountain lions have been working out as planned, and multiplying. If there aren't enough "sightings" in certain areas, perhaps more cougars will be "re"introduced? Consider the possibilities...)
 
 
December 5, 2005
 
 
By Bob Frye bfrye@tribweb.com
 
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Outdoors Writer
 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
 
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Excerpt: The Eastern Puma Research Network is asking Pennsylvania hunters to keep an eye open for mountain lions, particularly over the remainder of the deer season.

John Lutz, executive director of the group, is looking for proof that cougars do live in Pennsylvania's woods.

The group has recorded more than 1,000 cougar sightings over the past several decades, but has little in the way of hard evidence concerning their existence. It's hoping that the deer hunters who have been flooding the woods will be able to get pictures of a cougar, cougar tracks or their scat.

Hunters who come across anything like that are asked to use GPS units where possible to pinpoint their location.

They also can call the group's 24-hour hotline at 304-749-7778 or visit http://www.easternpumaresearch.com

 
 
Copyright 2005, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.