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Old 02-23-2008, 06:15 PM   #1
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Here, Kitty, Kitty...

You've got to take a look at this:

The Smoke Ring :: View topic - Here Kitty Kitty!--Caution while smoking

Be sure and read what the guy says about it.

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Old 02-23-2008, 06:44 PM   #2
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Yowza!
Very cool, nature and all, but holy crapola. Not something you want to see on the other side of a storm door.

Thanks for posting these. Very cool pics.
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Old 02-23-2008, 06:47 PM   #3
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Beautiful cat, but yea keep it away from the kids. And Lord knows they would think it was adorable and try and pet it...
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Old 02-23-2008, 07:18 PM   #4
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Holy Christmas, Batman! Not the kind of creature you want to encounter when you are dragging the trash out. You have to appreciate its beauty and danger all at once.

We have wildcats in our neighborhood occasionally. One of our neighbors up the street shot one a while ago. Noticed that the neighborhood kittens started disappearing in numbers. Once the cat was killed, the kitten population stabilized.

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oh nice kitties
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Old 02-23-2008, 09:18 PM   #6
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We have wildcats in our neighborhood occasionally. One of our neighbors up the street shot one a while ago. Noticed that the neighborhood kittens started disappearing in numbers. Once the cat was killed, the kitten population stabilized.
Kim says if you're talking about wildcats, you're probably talking about cougars, aka mountain lions. We have them in the Shawnee National Forest (the forest turned 40 loose several years ago, to help control the deer), and there was a pair that moved into the spoils of the strip mine where DH worked.
The guys always went deer hunting out there, and about 3 years ago, they noticed that the deer were less plentiful. Guys had been spottng what they thought was a cougar for several months, and then one of the guys, who was out hunting by himself, walked into a clearing where they had field dressed (gutted) a deer the day before. He noticed that the remains had been covered with leaves.
He told Kim he suddenly got a funny feeling, like he was being watched, and then spotted the eyes, looking at him through the brush. He said the hair stood up on the back of his neck, as he realized that he was no longer at the top of the food chain.

We (and probably you, too, Katie) also have bobcats in this area. They are much smaller, and have tufted ears. They're not a danger to humans, although they might go after your toy poodle.
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:02 AM   #7
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Yikes! What a beautiful cat, but definitely too close for comfort. It brought back memories of some very vivid dreams I have had over the last 30 or so years. Every few years I have an extremely vivid dream that there is a wild lion, tiger, bear, etc. in our back yard. Those dreams always scare me to death at the time because they are so real.

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Old 02-24-2008, 04:24 AM   #8
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Last week, the bowl of cats biscuits that I leave out for the strays went walkabouts to my neighbours place about 3:30am. While I entertained a fox being the culprit, I am very pleased to not have to think about one a cougar getting takeaway!! The cats all freaked out at whatever it was; hate to think their reaction to a REALLY big cat!! LOL
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Bilby, A cougar would have eaten your cats, not the biscuits. That would only be if he was very hungry, though. They prefer deer.
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Bilby, A cougar would have eaten your cats, not the biscuits.


Wow. Here we have more trouble with the kitties eating the wildlife, rather than the other way round!
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Old 02-24-2008, 02:18 PM   #11
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Those photos are pretty amazing. I guess if you're going to live in the middle of nowhere, make sure doors and windows are always closed ;)
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Am I the only oddball who'd try to pet it ????
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I don't think that would be a smart move, Middie. You should never try to pet any wild animal, let alone a carnivore.
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:28 PM   #14
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I have this awesome picture of my dad when he live in CA. a freind down there had a mountain lion as a pet and it shows my dad and the lion with its paws on his shoulders. ill have to scan it for you guys.
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Am I the only oddball who'd try to pet it ????
Your epitaph would read "Tried to pet the wrong kitty."

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Old 02-25-2008, 01:43 PM   #16
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I don't think that would be a smart move, Middie. You should never try to pet any wild animal, let alone a carnivore.
Smart no... but I'd try it anyway just to see if I could.
Okay so I am the only oddball ?
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It's looking that way, Middie. But I understand the desire. I'm sure I'd have the desire to pet it or scratch it under the chin but I'm also sure there's no way I'd try it.
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That is the reason our cats get locked in the house in the afternoon they have a cat door to use in the day. Not only do we have to worry about mountain lions but badgers, coyotes, fox, eagles, owls, bobcats, raccoons ,bears and snakes the rattle snake is capable of eating kittens. Our neighbors had two dogs snatched out of their pen by a mountain lion. Mountain lions are not beyond snatching up small children as well. You can tell a Mountain Lion kill as they cover the deer with leaves and grass. DH hunts them with out dogs by coming across a kill as they come back a couple of days to eat it.
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Go ahead and give it a whirl middie. They are doing wonders with prosthetic arms these days! I do know what you mean though. I wouldn't try it, but I would wish I could!

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