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Originally posted by halfmask
reply to post by Rezlooper
Cougars like other cats, will kill things by playing with them. Sure most cases they kill for food, but as far as I know they will kill for fun on occasion, which fits this scenario, and when they play kill it can be pretty messy. Perhaps cougars are not local to the area, so that is why they are not use to cougar attacks. Cougars have been showing up in weird places over the last few years.
Originally posted by Havox
reply to post by kennylee
Bobcats are pretty common, right? That could be it.
Link has some different prints of different animals, this looks like cougar or bobcat to me.
An excellent stalk-and-ambush predator, the cougar pursues a wide variety of prey. Primary food sources include ungulates such as deer, elk, moose, and bighorn sheep, as well as domestic cattle, horses and sheep, particularly in the northern part of its range. It will also hunt species as small as insects and rodents. This cat prefers habitats with dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking, but can also live in open areas. The cougar is territorial and survives at low population densities. Individual territory sizes depend on terrain, vegetation, and abundance of prey. While large, it is not always the apex predator in its range, yielding to the jaguar, grey wolf, American Black Bear, and grizzly bear. It is reclusive and usually avoids people. Fatal attacks on humans are rare, but have been trending upward in recent years.
With a gray to brown coat, whiskered face, and black-tufted ears, the bobcat resembles the other species of the mid-sized Lynx genus. It is smaller on average than the Canada lynx, with which it shares parts of its range, but is about twice as large as the domestic cat. It has distinctive black bars on its forelegs and a black-tipped, stubby tail, from which it derives its name. Though the bobcat prefers rabbits and hares, it will hunt anything from insects, chickens, and small rodents to deer. Prey selection depends on location and habitat, season, and abundance.
This is not the first mystery animal found in Kentucky, either. Two years ago, at around this time, WHAS and WLKY both reported that a man in Nelson County shot and killed a hairless animal on his property. Some residents claimed it might have been the mythical chupacabra, but animal experts deemed it to be an animal suffering from mange. Is Kentucky the land of mythical creatures? Maybe not, but until this creature is found the mystery continues.
Originally posted by AFewGoodWomen
reply to post by sheepslayer247
Sounds like a bear alright...a bear with cubs.