A few years back a Mountain Lion kitten was killed on a Kentucky road. After authorities did DNA testing, it was found that one of it's parents was
an Eastern Cougar (endangered species), while it's other parent was of South American lineage (an x-pet). Now, if I know this from the little bit of
research that I have done over the last two years then the Kentucky F&W should have known or did know. If in this case, DNA shows Eastern Cougar
lineage don't expect it to be publicized.
So, they may have knowingly broken federal law to appease the locals. As a previous poster noted, here in PA they treat witnesses with disdain and
will not acknowledge the truth. They don't want to deal with an endangered species.
On the positive side, these animals don't care what our Game Commission thinks and are alive and well. Take comfort in this fact. From the photo,
this cat appears to be a LARGE HEALTHY male. It was probably hunting dogs; I think they can cover 20 miles in a night (I know it was daytime)
We also have another big cat in the Eastern US. The Wampus Cat of Cherokee legend. This cat has been seen twice on my farm. Once by my timbercutter
(2005) and once by my neighbor (2012). Both men are credible, experienced woodsmen. I have measured a cat track 3 5/8" across (juvenile Wampus or
cougar) which was located in the center of a Whitetail deer scrape. It was very clean, wide and with no claw marks (definitely a cat). According to
the books the track was too large for a bobcat. Witnesses have stated that the Wampus cat is black with a LARGE head versus the small head of a
mountain lion. The description matches that of a Black (melanistic) Jaguar. The website for the Illionois Natural History Museum states that they
have fossil evidence of tracks and a jaw indicating that Jaguars ranged as far north as PA during the last ice age and were larger than in S. America
(to 350 lbs., WOO HOO!) With the myriad of sightings (search "black panther sightings") there MUST be a relict population.
We cannot kill nature, only ourselves. All is well, there are many good things to come.
I apologize for a lack of links, but if I can find it you can too (bad andy)
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