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Originally posted by DAVID64
I lived in Union County, KY for quite a while and there is a game preserve there called Higginson Henry. It's about 5500 acres and I used to fish in the lake, wander through the woods and camp there. Out by one of the small lakes there is an old quarry and while hiking there I heard a loud growl/roar. You know, the sound a house cat makes when their fighting, just magnified by 50. I looked around, trying to see which way not to go, but saw nothing. It had to be a big cat, nothing else makes that sound.
Originally posted by PurpleChiten
We see them over here in Eastern Kentucky from time to time. Not extinct here at all, but they're pretty wary of people.
The black bear population has been growing too! We saw three this summer!
...here in the middle of Daniel Boone National Forest close to Cave Run Lake
ETA: Good to see so many Kentucky folk on here!!edit on 4-10-2012 by PurpleChiten because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by LeSigh
I have family out in Clay and Leslie counties. I live in the North West part of the state. This is the first I've heard of cougars. I knew about the bears. I thought they had released wolves a few years back to help control deer too.
Anyway, the only cougar I've ever seen in the wild was tan and it was in the middle of Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. I can't say I'm all that enthusiastic about potentially seeing a cougar one of these days, as I'm planning on doing some camping this fall.
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
reply to post by generik
The coyotes are one of the reasons for stocking bobcats and fishers to their former environment. The coyotes have no competition so their numbers have exploded but it is causing farmers some problems. It's just an old problem that they'll have to relearn how to deal with. Extirpating one species can only lead to others filling the void.