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Originally posted by grover
The only thing that seems off to me are the way it hunches down from the shoulder as it were... the psoture reminds me more of an African lion than it does a mountain lion.
OAKLAND - State biologists on Tuesday began investigating the second reported mountain lion sighting in the area in a week.
On Tuesday, Oakland resident Kelvin Higgins provided a sample of fur and possibly some skin to state biologists. He said a big cat shed the fur while grooming itself on a snowy rock in his wooded backyard in April.
"I'm not 100 percent sure it was a mountain lion, but it was a big cat, believe me," Higgins said.
In that incident, an unnamed resident provided a grainy photo of what appeared to be a large cat to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Latti said the photo was inconclusive.
The Oakland sighting is different, according to state biologist Keel Kemper, who said the sample appears to include both hair and flesh, and is large enough for DNA testing.
"This does not look like deer hair, to be honest with you," Kemper said.
Originally posted by gallopinghordes
It looks remarkably similar to a cougar. We have cougars all over here and I've seen them in the wild though rarely. Majestic animals I love to watch them.
Oakland — A scrap of hair and skin from a rock where an Oakland man reported seeing a mountain lion came from a fox, according to a state biologist.
Still, the results of DNA testing on the sample neither prove nor disprove Oakland resident Kelvin Higgins’ assertion that he saw a mountain lion in his yard on a warm day in April, according to Keel Kemper, a state wildlife biologist.
“There are a lot of possibilities,” said Kemper. “The only thing I can say emphatically is the hair he submitted is (that of) a red fox.”
Higgins said he believes the large cat was cleaning itself after eating the fox when it left the scrap of fur on the rock.
Kennebec Journal Augusta, Maine August 16, 2007