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A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« on: February 12, 2019, 01:00:32 AM »
East Texas.  Hunters of opportunity.  This is why I like the close company of coyotes in my long night walks in the woods.  One of these will be more than a handful, even for a man in top physical condition, which I am not.  Three?  Not a chance.  Even with a gun in your hand...
« Last Edit: February 12, 2019, 01:05:24 AM by Tonykarter »
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2019, 01:18:35 AM »
Wow, that is a handful for sure. You often hear about campers and hikers vanishing from state parks. We need to bring these cats in for questioning.
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2019, 01:21:34 AM »
And then this the other night, a Facebook heads up message from our head of neighborhood Security Patrol, sighted four blocks from my house.  I live on Wildwood Drive:
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2019, 01:39:21 AM »
HERE kitty kitty kitty DOES NOT APPLY !!

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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2019, 02:57:18 AM »
In CA they're around due to habitat encroachment, but they are elusive.
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2019, 08:31:52 AM »
The three together have to be juveniles litter mates. That's the only reason they would tolerate each other.
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2019, 08:41:26 AM »
Just saw on the news yesterday where one was caught on camera chasing a deer right into a backyard swimming pool. That's desperation on the part of both to jump into a pool.
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2019, 09:10:28 AM »
I saw that too, Bill; and the cold water was NOT enough of a shock to the cat to call off the chase.
I don't think there are any close by where I live.
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2019, 09:39:26 AM »
Just carry a laser pointer with you. Big cats are FASCINATED too!

Or just make sure you can run faster than the people you are with...

But don't ever turn your back on one. Ever.
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2019, 10:03:25 AM »
Just carry a laser pointer with you. Big cats are FASCINATED too!

Or just make sure you can run faster than the people you are with...

But don't ever turn your back on one. Ever.


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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2019, 10:37:20 AM »
I saw that too, Bill; and the cold water was NOT enough of a shock to the cat to call off the chase.
I don't think there are any close by where I live.

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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2019, 10:40:28 AM »
Judging by the fence post in the background these are fairly large.  Maybe not fully grown, but close.  What impresses me is their musculature, how lithe they are.  Possibly in the prime of their lives, terminally agile.  I can only imagine how the presence of two of your kind emboldens the other, especially if you are right and they are exuberant juveniles.  Pack synergy that empowers and feeds acts of aggression as a group that a lone cougar's innate sense of caution would otherwise suspend.  Not good.  Definitely not good.

I am pretty sure a pack of coyotes will run like hades and desert me at the site of these boys. And never tell me why.
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2019, 12:46:04 PM »
time to start carrying your 357 revolver on night walks
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2019, 01:08:23 PM »
Wow- and the cougars down here in Boca only have flabby arms and bad makeup. Be careful with those, they look a little more dangerous :-)
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2019, 01:49:39 PM »
Here is your new woods walking hat.
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2019, 02:59:50 PM »
Here is your new woods walking hat.
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Haaa ! I guess hats like this one pictured are actually used to prevent them from creeping up on you. No thanks.
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2019, 03:03:56 PM »
Those cats (the adult males) have been known to range hundreds of miles. I recently read of a couple of black cat sightings in the Texas Big Thicket. Stirred up quite a controversey, supposedly none exist in the East Texas woods..
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2019, 08:35:38 PM »
Here kitty kitty...  ;D   

These 3 (siblings) definitely hunt together.  A human would certainly be in trouble and may only get a shot or 2 off at the most if all 3 stalk you and decide to make a move at once.  However, I am sure their mother taught them to avoid people which is why they have made it to (or almost to) adulthood, so I wouldn't worry too much.  Cats that don't stay away from people or make themselves visible, or threaten humans don't live too long.  Still I agree with carrying a sidearm if you go for a night stroll which I wouldn't do anyway if I knew the cats had just passed through, or were photographed in my area.

BTW, a dog in the yard or porch will always alert you when a cougar gets close to your house or property, so I would get a dog if you are concerned and do not have one already.  And I am not talking about dogs that would make an easy meal for the cougar like a Maltese, poodle or a small dog.  Also cougars tend to go around areas with dogs.  They are very secretive and don't want humans to be alerted of their presence by barking dogs.
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2019, 09:12:07 PM »
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Re: A hunter's worst nightmare, photographed
« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2019, 10:32:40 PM »
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