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Are there cougars in our region? (newspaper story)


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I first noticed apparent mountain lion tracks a few years ago on the Game Lands 29 road. This game land covers some 9,000 acres south of Warren and is located within the Allegheny National Forest. The road parallels the West Branch of Tionesta Creek and ends close to Hearts Content, a 120-acre remnant of the white pine and beech forest that once covered the region.

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Until just this year, I thought that what few cougars might be in the general area could be confined to this appealing Game Lands 29 location. However, this past summer while biking in Game Lands 86, which covers some 14,000 acres and runs along the east bank of the Allegheny River south of Warren, I came across more prints as well as scat.


State GAme lands 29 and 86 seem to be the areas mentioned, we now have snow on the ground, go get em...

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Re: Are there cougars in our region? (newspaper story)

<span style="font-style: italic">But the signs I have noted of the solitary, nocturnal creatures have been unmistakable. These signs have been encountered in relatively remote locations difficult to imagine as the habitat of released pets.



Hikers or hunters would not encounter the signs I have. Hikers trod mostly hard surface trails, while hunters walk leafy surfaces. In neither case would they notice animal signs.
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<span style="font-weight: bold"> But a person riding a mountain bike on Game Commission service roads, a pastime I have enjoyed for a number of years, would notice such signs. To avoid spills, a mountain biker must watch out for muddy or sandy spots, and these are where animal tracks are apparent. </span>

Now how is that for logic??? A hunter or hiker wouldn't notice mountain lion tracks on a gamelands road..only a mountain biker would see those ... no mud holes or spring seeps or soft sandy mud along streams... No tracks in the snow...

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Re: Are there cougars in our region? (newspaper story)

SHHH new breed they only leave fotprints and scat where mt. bikers can see them.

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Re: Are there cougars in our region? (newspaper story)

He should have saved the scat and had it DNA tested.
Just for the record, the US Fish and Wildlife Service delisted (extinct) the "eastern cougar", (the one that lived here years ago), not the eastern mountain lion, as he mentioned.

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Re: Are there cougars in our region? (newspaper story)

"In recognition of the beauty of the location, this road (which runs six miles from Chapman State Park to the Hearts Content Road) is now being converted by the Game Commission into a proper biking trail in a $500,000 project. A wide corridor has been brushed out, culverts installed and fill material spread over soggy places. Crushed limestone will cover the trail's surface."



Since when do we need $500,000 bike trails?
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Re: Are there cougars in our region? (newspaper story)

He probably saw bobcat sign. There are plenty of those around.
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Re: Are there cougars in our region? (newspaper story)

Cougars have been known to attack mt bikers from behind. This guy is lucky to be alive, mountain biking in high cougar density areas and all...
The PGC is putting gravel on the trail to hide the cougar tracks. Duh.

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I did not know cougars were like that!!!
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Wow, that explains the Lycra I found in the scat that I found!
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Re: Are there cougars in our region? (newspaper story)

Complete with make-up, too tight jeans, and heavy doses of perfume. They are really bad around hotel bars, especially the eastern variety, which the guy who has the big keys in his photo made reference to.
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