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~Taken the dog was alive earlier that morning. When his wife went out to feed the dog it was gone so it happened in broad daylight. The dog was approx. 200 ft. from the house. The beagle was young and no where big enough to break the chain. He uses the same type of standard dog chain for his full grown lab and that dog cant break it. Ive used the same type of chain for years to tie out dogs and I have never seen any dog break a chain.

 

There is no question something killed the beagle while on the chain. The only question was it a coyote or cougar. A friend of mine trapped coyotes for years and leg traps have the same type of chain and never had he ever had a coyote break the chain.

 

When the wife went out to feed the beagle she interrupted the killer because when her husband came home the dog had been moved down the hill farther. Ill guarantee you a coyote would NEVER eat a dog. They kill them because they see them as competition to their food supply. A coyote would have left the dog where he killed it.

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I told Brownie he should skin his beagle but that didnt go over very well.

 

People kill me sometimes (almost always actually). I would sort of be able to understand had it been an older dog that had been in the family longer. But even then I would have seen not trying to figure out what was really going on and how best to deal with it as the dog having died in vain.

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Haven't seen a mountain lion yet but a few years ago I was hunting near the Mexican border  and I know I saw a black panther. My buddies didn't believe me cause they thought I  was still hungover.  :dead:

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This just in>

 

The cougar has been spotted about a mile north from the beagle kill by a farmer. He stated that the animal he saw looked to be 8ft. long and crossed the road near his house right in front of him.

 

Heres the best part. Along with his son they looked for tracks because it was muddy and they have found some clear prints. They placed a flag by them and Im heading out to take some pictures.  scared011.gif

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The farmer stated the animal was fast looked 8ft. long and was gray.  oops.gif  I looked carefully at the tracks and it was clear it wasnt a cougar but canine. That adds another mystery to the whole story. My question to the beagle death only allowed two animals that could have been responsible a cougar or a coyote. I didnt even consider wolf.

 

Heres the tracks and you decide. The coin on the ground is a quarter. What ever made this track has been crossing the road on different occasions as the farmer saw him 100 yards up the road farther than where the tracks were. They measured the farmers dog to see if it was his dog but his tracks were much smaller.

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No experience with wolf tracks down here...yet...however playing around on your farm has helped me be able to track the coyotes that have moved into our area now.

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:woot: WOO HOO!!!! Cougars are at my house!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

:nono: uh..... :disgust: Nevermind, it was just a commercial for the Real Housewives of O.C.......... doh.gif

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There has been some indication the DNR has released wolves back into Illinois. That would explain why the DNR have been seen in our area with tracking antennas sticking out their windows. When asked what they are tracking they wont answer.A wolf was shot in Iowa last fall during a coyote hunt.

 

Member Sonny spotted a huge coyote at the farm a couple of weeks ago and he said it was the biggest coyote he had ever seen. For some unexplained reason animals that have been extinct in Illinois have been turning up. If you think about it in the scheme of things over time a species of animal has had to learn to adapt in order to survive. The ones who were incapable of adapting went extinct. 

 

I was born in 1944    :scared:    and ten years later when I started hunting with my dad there was no such thing as white tail deer, wild turkeys or coyotes in Illinois. Now they are every where.They have learned to adapt to a changing environment.

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...whoa, way back when Swede first started hunting, weren't there still velociraptors running about??  :woot:  happy097.gif

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If u look at the dnr site theres a list of animals they reintroduced

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North Carolina just had a sighting too.......and she just had a birthday!!!

 

ha!!

 

:rofl:  You WISH I was a cougar, you young whippersnapper.  LOL!

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...whoa, way back when Swede first started hunting, weren't there still velociraptors running about??  :woot:  happy097.gif

 

:rofl:

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~ You know what really made me sick?  When in the movie "Twilight Full Moon" Bella said to that werewolf dude, Jacob (who is like ONE year younger than she and Poor, Pale Edward, but way healthier looking than either of them) "I'm not a Cougar!"...    HOW self-involved can she get? That chick gets on my last nerve, and I have NO idea why. LOL!  She acutally prefers some Blood-sucking vampire who stalks her at night and watches her sleep, and ONLY likes her because he likes the way her blood smells, to that hot, young Werewolf Stud who isn't Pale with red lips, but looks like a normal guy...  go figure.  :glare:

 

I think it's that she's so.....  DARK, she NEVER smiles, she NEVER laughs.  I HATE women who are so Dark, and involved, and hidden, and brooding, that they can NEVER laugh, nor can they EVER joke around and be light-hearted. EVERYTHING is SO IMPORTANT.  :thumbdown:

 

Sorry, swede, I know that had nothing to do with cougars, but I don't see that many cougars in GA.  :nono:

 

I DO know, however, that if I do see one to Act BIG.... immeidately pick up ANY small children who are around me, and do NOT turn my back on one... just be as BIG and as calm assertive as possible, let them know I am NOT prey...  and just slowly back away.    :hugegrin:

 

(That might work for those women cougars too, but I don't know.)  :unsure:

 

I think that Cougars (Both Breeds) tend to be Ambush Predators...    it's not like you're going to see one coming, and by the time they have their claws in your back, it's too late.  :P

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~ I think that Cougars (Both Breeds) tend to be Ambush Predators...    it's not like you're going to see one coming, and by the time they have their claws in your back, it's too late.  :P

 

I can remember a time when it would have been very cool to be attacked by  a cougar (not the large lion type of course) cool14.gif

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I can remember a time when it would have been very cool to be attacked by  a cougar (not the large lion type of course) cool14.gif

 

~ yeah, K.Woods....   there comes a time in every man's life, when the thought of a cougar is just plain scary!  :scared: scared011.gif  Whether it's an Apex Predator, or a woman who is several years older than you are...    :rofl:

 

Neither is appealing.  :nono:

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~ yeah, K.Woods....   there comes a time in every man's life, when the thought of a cougar is just plain scary!  :scared: scared011.gif   Whether it's an Apex Predator, or a woman who is several years older than you are...    :rofl:

 

Neither is appealing.  :nono:

Speaking from experience (any way thats what the big boys told me)   :whistle:    Younger is not necessarily better.

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WOW Bob how would you like coming face to face with that in the woods.  :scared:  scared011.gif

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The myths are true!   8|

 

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20110128/tuk-ex-policeman-in-big-cat-sighting-6323e80.html

 

Council chiefs have hailed a big cat sighting as the best ever proof the so-called mythical beasts really exist.  Ex-policeman in 'big cat' sighting.

 

A former policeman based in west Wales spotted a "puma or panther-like animal" as recently as Wednesday.

 

Michael Disney now works for Pembrokeshire County Council's Public Protection Division and his sighting is being treated as authentic. While he gathered no photographic or other evidence, his sighting appears to give greater credence to the so-called big cat myth.

 

Stories of feline beasts living in remote corners of the UK are so common there is barely a region of the country without one - from the Beast of Bodmin in Cornwall to sightings in Kent and all over the north of England, such stories are common rural legends.

 

The latest sighting comes days after the government environment watchdog for England dismissed the existence of big cats. Experts with Natural England said in a report that they were confident no breeding populations of big cats exist in Britain.

 

Pembrokeshire Council begs to differ and is so convinced by Mr Disney that it is urging the public to report any sightings. It published extracts of the statement made by their man, which has been passed to the police.

 

Mr Disney's encounter happened in broad daylight in countryside six miles north of Haverfordwest, near Treffgarne village. He was driving his council car on a single track road at 15mph when a large black "puma or panther" crossed five metres in front of him.

 

He said: "I immediately stopped my vehicle and stared at this animal. It had a large cat-like head, muscular build and was approximately three feet tall.

 

"It was bigger and more muscular than a German shepherd dog. The coat was smooth and looked like it had brown spots on it. I had a clear, unobstructed view of the animal and the visibility was excellent."

 

He added: "I am 100% certain that this was a puma or panther-like animal and was definitely not a dog, cat or any other domestic animal. It was not something I had seen before other than in a zoo."

 

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