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Cougar filmed in nh

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by jmac_cope, May 19, 2012.

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  1. jmac_cope

    jmac_cope Active Member

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    That didn't look like a cougar to me. The tail is too short. Looks more like a bobcat. Cougars have long ropey tails.
     
  2. slide action

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    Gee I thought this thread was going to be about older women hanging out at bars.--Sorry! Just couldn't help myself :)
     
  3. Unsingle

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    Not a cougar but a Canadian Lynx.
     
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    Why do people have such crappy cameras?
     
  5. Shooting Sailor

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    It was definitely a cougar. The head was the wrong shape for a lynx, the ears were too small for a lynx, the body was too long, it moved with its head down like a cougar, the shoulders were visible above the line of the back when it moved, and the long tail had a black tip. All of this was visible in the video.
     
  6. MDMike

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    Cougar, I was hoping for a different video.....Mike...
     
  7. Model Number 12

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    That's a bobcat, and a good sized one at that. Mis-identification of wildlife is common. One of my favorites is when people mistake otters for seals, or, (more common to me) mistake muskrats for beavers.

    As far as the animal-control officer being accepted as an authority on identification, I once had a local officer tell me about the badger that was picked up as roadkill locally. When I asked to see it the "badger" turned out to be a fisher.
     
  8. oz

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    Hey I've got a squirrel with a short tail, must be a chipmunk. IT'S A COUGAR! My friend in vermont has cougars on his property. Carry a gun or be dinner!
     
  9. Auctioneer

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    Unsingle, you beat me to it. Its a Lynx. Why do I say so. There is no long tail, its a short tail but longer then a Bobcat and its white underneath. It was has a short body while a cougar is longer.
     
  10. trapshootin hippie

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    I believe 'Ole Jerry, ---Clower that is, would call that thang a Souped Up Wildcat. Don't ya know.

    Gnej
     
  11. Model Number 12

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    The chance of this being a lynx are very slim, The nearest known population is in northern Maine, and that is at the extreme southern edge of their range. With that said, there are rare occurences of lynx in the the White Mountains of NH and even rarer occurences of them in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, but furbearer biologists I've discussed this with stress that the occurence is very rare.

    My money is still on the bobcat.
     
  12. Johnny

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    A bobcat, but there are plenty of cougars around regardless of what the DNR says.
     
  13. Stl Flyn

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    Bobcat. Lynx are pretty rare in the lower 48. They would be in the border states to Canada if they are seen, but not likely at all around a high population area like that. This cat got caught up in the Cougar craze.
     
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    Really crummy film footage but despite the tail issue, it looks like a Cougar to me. That said, Bobcat numbers are increasing greatly here in the midwest. What use to be a rare sight is becoming more and more normal.

    This Bobcat I have here is considered a very large one(at least in these parts) as it weighed in at 29lbs. That cat being flimed appears to be much much heavier than this. At least to me anyway....


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  15. MDMike

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    Lynx=Souped-up Bobcat....
     
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    Its more likely a full grown bobcat, they will get "yellow" more with age.

    It could only be a cougar(NOT in my experience)if its tail had been cut off some how!

    It would not be out of the ordinary for one to be there. They DO travel, especially if it has been run out of its territory.

    After listening to the video, I think there should be a unemployed public worker for NOT knowing animal species very well!!!! BUT that is far to common, even around here in the North West!!
     
  17. Remstar311

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    I believe it is a cougar. That is one big cat and I don't think a bobcat would be out and about like that, but maybe cougars are the same way.

    Could have easily lost its tail somewhere along the way.
     
  18. Setterman

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    Young Lynx. Tale drops straight down. It is not cut off. Has the tuffs of jaw hair below the cheeks. Cougars don't have that. Also no white patch on the muzzel typical of a couger, and no spots typical of a Bob. Lynx have spots too, but they are mottled in the spring.

    My best guess.
     
  19. toolguy

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    I agree; I think it's a cougar, despite the tail. It has the longer body of a cougar and moves like a cougar. But, you're right, Frank, probably just like here in Vermont cougars, catamounts, mountain lions, whatever you want to call them "don't exist here". I know it wasn't a Golden Retreiver I saw one night back in the early 90's crossing the road in front of me!

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    Don Whiton
     
  20. DENNISMASTROLIA1

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    That animal is large!!! Bobcats are smaller.He looks like a mean sob!
     
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