“Animals are dynamic, animals are flexible, animals are seeking homes,” Morse said. Create a commenting profile by providing an email address, password and display name. This cat photographed in May 2012 in Alstead has all the characteristics of a mountain lion, also known as a cougar. You have permission to edit this article. “We don’t have any science-based evidence of a breeding population of cougars anywhere north of Florida in the east.”. 5) a 1995 videotape on Long Lake, Maine, Morse has been studying big predators for years, and her work helped prove jaguars were living in southern Arizona. Boone says that he and his deer-hunting buddy have seen over the years a couple of large (black) cats that he knows were lions. 1) near Paris, Maine, in Dec. 2005, One thing’s for certain: There are a lot of Bangor Daily News readers who are convinced that they’ve crossed paths with the elusive beasts. Tomlin’s cat tripped the trail camera shutter last September. Since then there have been numerous reported sightings, but the lack of substantial evidence questions the existence of this animal in our forests. The North America mountain lion, referred to as a cougar, puma, catamount or panther depending on the local, was once found across all of North America. As a result more than 30 readers shared their cougar-sighting experiences! In a way, the elusive and mysterious cougar has become somewhat of a Maine folklore icon, the Maine equivalent of Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, nobody passed along unimpeachable photographic evidence. Already have one? Some are sure they’ve seen the big cats — also known as cougars, pumas and catamounts. He is hoping others in the Dresden area who might have seen the cat will be persuaded to share their stories. Monday, October 26th 2020, 12:31 PM CDT. I was riding a bike with our neighbor when I spotted the large cat sunning itself in the morning sun. Moose and beaver both made dramatic resurgences. Laura Casey: I read your article in BDN via Facebook about mountain lion encounters and I know I saw one in New Sharon. V. Paul Reynolds is editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal. Chance of precip 30%. I know what I saw.”. Use the form below to reset your password. I would say the hair was less than an inch long on the lion. If these big cats are that plentiful how come one has never been trapped or hit by a car? “I stopped because I always like to stop and see wildlife.”. Partly cloudy skies this evening will give way to cloudy skies with light rain and snow developing overnight. Low 31F. 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The eastern mountain lion is believed to be extinct, with the last confirmed sighting in Maine in the 1930s. Maine wildlife officials, insofar as we know, do not maintain a map or a database of cougar sightings. Osga and his associates have been tracking the cats in Vermont and Massachusetts, and he said there have been well-documents sightings in Nova Scotia, Canada. Male mountain lions are territorial, except when looking for a female, and can have a range anywhere from 10 square miles to close to 400 square miles. You will receive an email to complete the registration. Please subscribe or login to participate in the conversation. “We’re still very interested,” Jakubas said, adding his office averages a cougar report every couple of weeks. It is two miles south of Rockland, eight miles south of Camden and about 85 miles north of Portland, Maine. Since then I’ve heard of other cougar sightings here and there in Maine. He has authored three books; online purchase information is available at www.maineoutdoorpublications.net. At this level of sightings, the passing of time may help us resolve the inconsistencies surrounding this elusive wild cat. Federal government rules eastern puma -- also known as catamount, cougar, mountain lion -- extinct Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this year officially declared the eastern mountain lion extinct. But, face it, the likely presence of a tawny, long-tailed cougar in the Maine woods is far more plausible than a hairy, ten-foot man-ape leaving huge footprints in the Tillamook State Forest of Oregon. While New Hampshire’s Fish and Game does not have evidence of breeding pairs of mountain lions in New Hampshire, Morse said that will happen sooner or later. About 3,000 cats are killed each year by humans, either by hunters, or being hit by cars. . “They only thing missing is the apex carnivore. The Kennebec Journal is reporting the following: Augusta man sure he saw cougar in Dresden By Craig Crosby Staff Writer. KEENE — Mackenzie Yelin was out for her morning jog a few weeks ago when she noticed something in the woods by the road. That doesn’t mean a mountain lion-love connection won’t happen eventually. She was not quite 30 yards from the animal when it crossed the road in front of her. 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