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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: Cougars

    John - pumas didn't get anything at the Donner Party. Guess they weren't invited.

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    Re: Cougars

    Cats tend to be picky eaters, and cougars are known to steal from one another's fresh kills, and to feed on kills for several days. But they don't scavenge old rotten meat like wolves, coyotes, wolverines, ravens, and college students do.

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    Re: Cougars

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    Cats tend to be picky eaters, and cougars are known to steal from one another's fresh kills, and to feed on kills for several days. But they don't scavenge old rotten meat like wolves, coyotes, wolverines, ravens, and college students do.
    Hmmm. I'm not sure, Drew, if that makes me feel more secure or less.

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    When my little 15 pound mini poodle was alive, we'd go out hiking and "Geocaching" a lot in the woods north of NYC up into the Catskills.. I'd take him off the leash and he'd often get ahead of me exploring. I wasn't worried about Pumas, as there aren't any here in the East. But there are coyote and wild dogs and other tough critters who would make mincemeat of him. Then I'd have to worry about my wife who would kill me quicker than a Puma for not watching him close enough. Fortunately, we never did run into these animals - that I saw anyway.

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    Re: Cougars

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Or in many of those cases, scavengers, or a 4-legged predator coming across an injured, dying, or dead treat.
    Or they embezzled company funds
    https://i.gifer.com/ERYt.gif
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    Re: Cougars

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    John - pumas didn't get anything at the Donner Party. Guess they weren't invited.
    Interesting though.
    I thought big cats hibernated, but apparently not.
    I thought bears hibernated too, but...
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: Cougars

    Can we go back to the Chardonay?

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    Re: Cougars

    Mountain Lions are part of life in the Coastside community. We live with them, they live with us. Due to the mass devastation from recent fires and more mountain kitties that have survived have been forced into areas they usually stay away from in their search for eats and living. IMO, mountain kitties are not much of an issue as they tend to stay away from humaniods unless they are threatened and provoked in some way.
    http://www.santacruzpumas.org/puma-tracker/

    HMB coastside community was truly upset and more than dis-pleased with the local cops gunning down mountain kitties..
    https://www.hmbreview.com/news/hmb-r...a4bcf887a.html

    Most long time coastside residents more than accept mountain kitties as part of the community and need to be protected from fear driven folks that want them exterminated. They are part of the entire eco-system which included Raptors, Wolves, Foxes, Owls, Deer, Skunks, Opossums, Rats, Mice, Gophers and countless 6 & 8 legged critters and plants.


    Bernice

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    Re: Cougars

    What has notably changed is how cougars' attitudes towards dogs have changed. I remember when they were so terrified of barking that even a poodle could tree them. Now, more and more, they view isolated dogs as dinner. But if there are plenty of deer around, that's what they instinctively prefer. The highly animated twitchiness of goats, however, has always magnetized them in a manner domestic sheep do not. In certain areas, they specialize in wild bighorn sheep instead of deer.

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    Re: Cougars

    In Placerville a few years back, a client had a cougar rip open a heavy gauge steel mesh kennel one night to feast on his unfortunate dog.
    A rare attack for sure, but I doubt if that was any comfort to the dog.
    I saw what the cougar had done to the kennel
    Crazy.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
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