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Extinct cougar caught on film in NY state 2011 Oct 07

Today at Big Cat Rescue Oct 7

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Extinct cougar caught on film in NY state 2011 Oct 07
Extinct cougar caught on film in NY state 2011 Oct 07

Every day we get calls from people asking us to relocate bobcats and cougars. Here is a unique situation where a cougar has been caught on film in NY where they are reported to be extinct.

here is a picture of a mountain lion that has been roaming in the hills behind my brother in laws house for about 4yrs. we live in NY state. the neighbor finally used an night vision camera of some sort to get the picture i believe. I really do not want anyone to kill this animal but it does need to be taken away from the area before it gets killed or it kills and i would appreciate any help you can give me as far as you coming to take it or letting me know of who i can contact that would help. and yes i did say NY state, about an hour to hour and a half north of NYC. DEC is unhelpful and claim there are no mountain lions here but they are wrong. please at least email me back to let me know if you can be of any help or who can help!!!

thank you so much, Name Withheld

Dear Name Withheld,

This is VERY cool that there is an actual photograph of a cougar in NY because they are considered extinct there.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6974.html

I have copied the DEC because this is a cougar (or mountain lion, as you called it) whereas most people misidentify bobcats as being cougars.

Relocating doesn’t work. These animals travel hundreds of miles to get back to their home territories and wreak havoc in the process because they are then forced into hunting in unknown areas and will often take the easy way out.

If the cat has been living free in your brother’s area for 4 years, the cat should be protected where he / she is. They make awful pets, but great neighbors as they keep the vermin population in check.

For the cats,Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue

Carole.Baskin@BigCatRescue.org
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
Office 813.920.4130 Cell 813.493.4564 Fax 885.4457Caring for cats – Ending the trade

 

Update: Ā Cougar photos is from Wyoming and not New York:

 

Please view the following link to theĀ Vague But TrueĀ website.
If you scroll down to the second article, on the right-hand side of the screen, you’ll notice thatĀ the photo you sent me is actually from a campsite in northwestern Wyoming (not New York).Ā  The article is titledĀ MOUNTAIN LION NO MATCH FOR CHAIN SAW.
A sighting of a mountain lion in New York is possible but highly unlikely.Ā  If you, or someone you know has a legitimate sighting of a mountain lionĀ in Putnam County, please feel free to contact the Region 3 Wildlife Office to report it.
Region 3Ā (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam,Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties)
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561-1696
If you have any further questions regarding this issue, please feel free to contact me directly.
Jamie LaBoissiere
NYSDEC
Game Management
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  • dominic mayo

    Hi everyone! I love the video, but I also found something interesting šŸ˜‰

    I was looking at another santuary, Oregon Tiger Santuary, and I saw a tiger named Litte Indi.

    She was rescued from a drug raid in a basement in Florida. Who does that sound like?? NICKITA the LION!! I think they might have been from the same rescue so I thought it was cool! šŸ™‚

    http://www.oregontigersanctuary.org/animals/animals.shtm#Primates

     
  • Linda Howard

    That must be a female tiger. Those are the eyes in the back of the head that we all know mothers have! šŸ™‚ Seriously, it looks like it might be part of the camo, like light reflecting off something.

     
  • dominic mayo

    I am pretty sure the things in the back of their heads is to tell the cubs where mama is šŸ™‚

     

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