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Offline longfisher

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Cougars Back in Texas
« on: February 10, 2006, 03:35:14 PM »
Went squirrel hunting along the Neches River recently...alone.  In a little creekbed where the soil is quite damp and muddy I saw what I thought to be a cougar.  Tawny colored.  About  25 - 30 inches at the shoulder.  And, a very long tail.   

When I got up to where he'd been (he ran on sight) I saw his tracks...and, they were big.  I mean really big.  They were about the size of a human hand.  I doubt these were from a bobcat or anything else.

I'd heard stories which I'd discounted from locals about cougars returning.  Maybe, just maybe they're out there.  I've heard that in California about 6 people a year get killed by cougars.

So, anyone who's given thought to the issue, please tell me how  you'd prepare yourself for a chance encounter with a cougar that thought of you as prey.  I'd best get read if I intend to hunt there anymore.

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Re: Cougars Back in Texas
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2006, 06:18:05 PM »
My recommendation for anyone hunting small (or large for that matter) game in cougar territory, carry a .357 or better caliber sidearm. Remember, you're supposed to be the hunter, not the hunted.  ???
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Re: Cougars Back in Texas
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2006, 06:26:50 PM »
The cat would be on the wall next to my bear.  :twisted: We have some here locally that I keep an eye out for. I haven't had a shot, but if I do, .......................................... !  :twisted:
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Re: Cougars Back in Texas
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2006, 09:32:30 PM »
John, if you had the opportunity, would you be allowed to take a cougar? ??? I was under the impression that in most places, unless your hand was "forced" :twisted: , they were protected. I've heard that mountain men of olden times preferred cougar meat to everything else.
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Re: Cougars Back in Texas
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2006, 11:33:00 PM »
Yes, cougers here are afforded no protection. In other words, there are no laws whatever that protects them.  Some of them locally have become somewhat of a problem, lurking near school yards and in family back yards in town.
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Re: Cougars Back in Texas
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2006, 10:43:31 AM »
If you don't want to kill the thing, get some pepper spray like would be used for bears. O0  Other than that, shoot the critter! :twisted:
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