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  1. weather01089

    Well to be clear, a bobcat only has a tail thats at maximum 9 inches long. We’ve seen some mountain lions with shorter than 5-6 ft tails before. So longer than 9 inches by any measure is an indicator, but not positive ID, need something else.

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  2. SHERYL KEHAYA

    I WAS STANDING IN THE KITHCHEN THIS MORNING @ 10AM MY HUSBAND SAID; WHAT IS THAT IT WAS A MT. LION.. SHERYL KEHAYA

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  3. Cari

    Mountain lions have tails that are 1/3rd the length of their bodies. Newborn and juvenile mountain lions’ tails are not 5-6 feet long. Additionally, I’m wondering where you come up with that number, as 2-3 feet is the length I’ve most often seen reported. An 18 inch long tail on a bobcat would not be usual and would, in an of itself, be worthy of note.

    I would also argue with your assertion that an observer would just know, without any doubt, that they are seeing a mountain lion simply based on their desire to “want to turn and run from them”.

    Lastly, if you’d take a moment and try your hand at careful reading, you’d notice that I did not identify the animal as anything specific. I didn’t claim I saw a mountain lion. I saw an animal whose field marks did not immediately and obviously match up with any of the known wildlife in my area.

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    • nck

      I think the people who say the tail is as long as their body are a bit off. But 1/3 of their body is something I have never seen or read about. The tail is ALWAYS over half the body, most scientists agree its about 2/3 the head and body length.

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      • nck

        Nope, i was wrong. Of all the websites I just visited, ONE did say 1/3. Weird, never read that before (Currier, 1983)

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        • ChatCat

          If they are measuring nose to tail then the tail is 1/3rd that length. Most sights quote the overall length as the nose to tip of tail. So the length of the tail is 1/2 the body if it is 1/3 of the total nose to tail length.

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  4. Bob

    Maybe a fisher? Though skunks more often hold their tail at the angle described and fishers don’t. Size can be deceiving as perceptions can be affected by distance and relative objects near animal.

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    • Cari

      The snout didn’t protrude the way a fisher’s does. The profile was undeniably feline. The tail was sleek and in no way bushy like a skunk’s.
      If what I saw were a fisher or a skunk, it would be the scariest one of its kind, due to sheer size. 😉

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      • Nck

        Is it really possible to confuse a ML and a fisher cat??? I don’t get it….size is completely different, height and color as well……….

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  5. Chip Rogers

    I just spotted a mt lion off of Old Farms Rd (6/23/16 @ 8:27 pm) crossing a field on the western side near the soccer fields it was traveling south.

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