1. c. smith

    Let’s back the truck up a bit. We all would love to have the presence of cougars verified around here. And there is growing evidence that some type of cougar is here, whether eastern or western. But for any evidence people find to be taken seriously we have to put the leaps from reality to conspiracy theory away in box and lock it up tight. In the end if the animals are out there, then they will be found, regardless of what the political and scientific pundits have to say. Remember this project is not a confrontation. Rather it is our chance to be involved in a rare expedition for proof that this beautiful animal is returning to fill the ecological niche it was driven from generations ago.
    So don’t let those unbelievers irritate you into doing anything that makes us look like unlettered bumpkins. Beat them at their own game. At every evidence site treat it professionally. They’ll go after the professionalism of evidence gathering, was the site or evidence compromised? Imitate the animal you seek. Do your task quietly, we gain nothing if we exchange words with the opposition. And when in the forests, walk and look the way a cougar would. In the end we won’t find the cougar anyway, it will find us.

    • Bill Cannon

      Yep It finds people all the time around North America, and the it kills them. They were driven from here by people that knew exactly what they were doing. When a cougar was present they knew that it was a bad thing. Not someone thinking a cougar around the scoolbus stop is a wonderful sight. The body in question probibly wasnt a cougar kill, but if there was no autopsy,why not. The thing is these things are killers and they have been known to kill people. And they will kill someone in CT. The question is when, not if. The population ill grow, the deer population will become scarce and the the hell will begin. The state claims the deer population is growing but life long rural deer hunters say that the deer population has really dropped off. Maybe they have moved into the suburbs to avoid hunters and eat shrubbery . That could be bringing the cougar to a neighborhood near you.

      • steve d

        After reading some of your and end of the world’s posts, I’m growing fearful of venturing into the woods.

        • mandrews

          Hey Steve: I wouldn’t let it keep you out of the woods. Just be aware at all times and bring a big walking stick, and, if you can legally, something to defend yourself with. I won’t stop going into the woods but I would prefer not to be alone when doing so. There are some good posts on this site about how to look big and thrteatening to a cougar. read them. Bring a friend,there’s strength in numbers and someone to help you if necessary……………

        • endoftheworld

          It’s not stopping me and I’m the type of person who jumps at squirrels rustling in the leaves, that said if they truly DO exist in more than just a couple roaming the state on a temp basis then taking precautions when going out into an area suitable for wildlife is prudent though by these posts you get the impression the Lions could be anywheres, even in a city park, not necesarily a remote area. The alleged sighting posted here at Silver Sands in Milford floored me, I’ve not been there when I have the beach to myself, even on a weekday and there are houses right there, that’s not a place i’d normally carry hiking poles or bear spray.
          The thing we all have to worry about w/o discussion of whether or not they exist or not is TICKS, really bad this yr. I’ve found them on either my legs, arms, clothes, back-pack and hiking boots virtually every time I go out, in past seasons it’s been the occaisional tick here and there, if they’re so bad now I can’t imagine how this summer will be. Maybe the rains this week will drown them but I’ve read they are quite hardy and live mostly in shrubbery/tall grasses, not on the ground.

      • Karen belotti

        Actually, misquotes kill 250,000 people world wide. Dear kill150 in u.s. Alone. Mountain lions can account for one death per year. By the way. Hunters in the Dakotas have killed over 175 cougars since 2010, nearly cutting the population in half. How many people have been killed by cougars in Dakotas? 0


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