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  1. #1
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    Default Mountain Lion sighting

    Ok everyone I finally decided to share my interesting story with the internet. Before I do let me just add this DISCLAIMER: this will sound worse then any BS fishing story or big buck story you've ever heard from some idiot at camp or work. I understand that this sounds like a total load of bull...and that is why it took so long to share this story. It's like saying I saw bigfoot or a UFO. After speaking to a number of friends who's opinion I respect I have decided I'm not crazy this did happen and if you take away nothing else from this take it as a good read.

    My wife is from Renovo PA, for those of you who have never heard of this town it is the very definition of the middle of no where in PA. The town itself is 45 minutes from any type of civilization in every direction in central PA. My father in law has a very nice camp about a half hour outside of the town...working out further into nothingness. I love the camp it is a great place to go to get away from it all. No cell phone service but all the modern comforts of home. Indoor plumbing, full kitchen, many bedrooms...It's really just a house on the side of a mountain. But I digress.

    Last July my inlaws invited us up for the weekend. It was a great time to go out, it was cool for july which made the whole camp in summer experience very nice. Throughout the course of the weekend we saw 3 bear and saw a lot of new fawns with their mothers. The last night there, after several beverages, everyone called it a night except for my wife and myself. We decided to stay awake a little while and sat on the front porch with my red kill lights to see if we could spot any night time critters. about a hour went by and I began to hear some rustling about 30 yards from the camp. I quickly shined the light and low and behold five coyotes were crossing just 30 YARDS FROM US. Super excited I told my wife to keep the light on them as I flew inside for my 17hmr (I had brought it to shoot red squirrels which had been reeking havoc on the attic of the camp). I was very surprised with as much noise as I made and all the scents in the air but as I came back outside my wife silently pronounces "They're still there". I told her keep the light on them but don't point it right at them. She did great, she understood what I was saying and I found a dog in the scope. All I could see was a set of eyes and as I did I heard a voice in the back of my head which a friend of mine gave me when I first got into predator hunting, " The eyes are the runway...Land the plane on the runway". I squeezed the trigger and through the scope watched the head of the yottle dog jerk back violently. The soft crack of the 17 awoke my father in-law who flew downstairs to the front porch to find me jumping up and down on saying "I got that dog, I finally got a coyote". He more excited then I think I was yells hold on let me get my light and go look for it".

    So my the two of us along with my wife depart from the porch and walk over to where I had shot. At the scene of the crime I see a little fur and some blood on some dried leaves. I start to get more excited and light up a cigarette. Off in the distance we hear a thunderous crash of sticks and brush. My wife says "That was loud screw this I'm going back to the camp" and scampers quickly back up to the porch. I say to my father in law that It's probably the dog running and falling and there no sense in pushing him so I'll just look for him when the sun comes up. We smoke a cigarette together in the dark and then head back to camp.

    The next day I wake up like a 5 year old on Christmas morning. I throw on my cloths and boots and head out the door. I in my rush to the woods I only grab my 17 and for some reason leave my GP100 on the table. I go to the spot with the fur and begin following the trail. Things get interesting when I arrive to the spot where we had heard the loud crash the night before. I find fur everywhere and brush kicked over in a 7 yard radius. I say to myself huh and look to see what appears to be a freight train trail of fur and kicked over leaves leading away from camp. It looked like someone had dragged a deer out of the woods and I was following the trail.

    And then it happened I reach a clearing about a half mile from camp. when I look across the clearing I see something staring back at me. Let me just say ever since I was a kid I have spent most of my free time in the woods of PA. If your like me you know when your looking at something you've never seen before without really knowing what it is. It was about 75 yards away and was the size of a Great Dane. It was a goldish brownish color and it's face was round. as we stare at each other I begin to raise my 17 to look through the scope to see what the hell this thing is. as I make the motion to unsling my rifle it turns and begins to quickly cross the opening and go back into the wood line. To my surprise it's waling like a house cat not leaping like a dear. The it happened as it take a lead into the wood line I see a long black tipped tail fly into the air.

    As quick as it started it was over. I stand there processing what I just saw and start taking steps toward the unknown animal. The I stop in my tracks as I realize oh my that was a couger! I am a half mile from camp, I'm by myself, all I have is a 17hmr and I just saw a mountain. With tail stuck squarely between my legs I quickly retreat back to the camp. When I arrive their my wife and father in law ask if I found the coyote. I rather frazzled at the time said "I just saw something that doesn't make a whole lot of sense". As I explain what had just happened my father in-law says "Oh wow you saw the mountain lion, you're the SIXTH person to see it in the past year out here".

    Everyone I have told this story to agrees that I had hit and wounded the coyote. The mountain lion saw the fleeing and wounded coyote and took it down as a easy meal, which was the loud crash we heard. And the only reason the cat let me see it was to challenge me as I was coming up on it saying hey don't come any closer I have food over here.

    And in closing let me say this, I am very glad I got to see what I saw...now I hope I never see one in that situation again. You don't know what you are even looking at till it's over. And for all the John Rambo types that say "I would have went after it and shot it" Try again tough guy that isn't even a thought in your mind. It would never have let me see it unless it wanted to, so it's not going to stand there broadside and let you get a shot at it.

    Like I said take the story for what it is. I know it's a tall tale but that's what happened to me and that is how it happened.

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    Default Re: Mountain Lion sighting

    i believe you. i really do think the game commission is denying that there are still some out there for whatever reason.

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    Default Re: Mountain Lion sighting

    Two people I trust 100% said they have seen mountain lions in PA. That is good enough for me.

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    Default Re: Mountain Lion sighting

    There are no mountain lion in Pa!..............The game commission told us that.

    However I don't believe them for a minute. As a matter of fact, this deer season I was walking to my hunting spot. I was following the tracks from where we drug a deer the night before. There was snow on the ground, and at first glance I thought I was looking at bear tracks until I got to an area where it was smooth. There were several prints that were clear as day. I had to do a Google search to be positive about what I was looking at. Needless to say the hair on the back of my neck stood up knowing the night before we drug the neighbors deer out just after dark.

    I was talking to one of the others who hunt the same property and told him what I saw. He said he saw the cat in archery at a distance. On his way home he stopped to chat with a neighbor to the property and told him he thought he saw a mountain lion heading into his property. He was invited inside to see pics on his computer from his trail cameras. He told me he estimates it is about 6 to 7 feet long.

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    Default Re: Mountain Lion sighting

    There are no mountain lions in Pennsylvania.

    The eastern cougars died out in the early part of the 20th century with the exception of the "Florida Panthers" in the Everglades. Those would have died out in the 1980's and 1990's had not wildlife officials introduced western cougars into the population.

    So you have the western cougar which has been expanding it's range to the east. But they are not here yet. How do I know? Because any state where there are cougars, there is sign and no one in PA has been able to find any despite the large amount of hunters and outdoorsman in PA. In any other state where the cougar exists they frequently get hit by cars, scratch up trees, leave prints everywhere, poop everywhere, leave fur around, dead kills, etc. No one has yet found any of that here in PA, nor has gotten a picture either. Here in Tioga County we have had a few people proclaim to have taken photos of cougars, when hilariously it is very obviously a bobcat.

    What people see are larger feral cats at distance which look bigger than they are.

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    Default Re: Mountain Lion sighting

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassaro View Post
    Ok everyone I finally decided to share my interesting story with the internet. Before I do let me just add this DISCLAIMER: this will sound worse then any BS fishing story or big buck story you've ever heard from some idiot at camp or work. I understand that this sounds like a total load of bull...and that is why it took so long to share this story. It's like saying I saw bigfoot or a UFO.
    There is no Bigfoot in PA but Topsy is real.

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    Default Re: Mountain Lion sighting

    Did you take any photos of the paw prints?
    Was there any physical evidence around where it took the yote?

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    Default Re: Mountain Lion sighting

    Well Bassro,

    I believe you saw a mountain lion. I am professional photographer, and up until 2012 when I turned 70 I use to do some nature and wildlife photography. I mid summer of 2011 I was Westport (not too far from Renovo). I went up Rt 120 to Rt 144 headed for Cross Fork. I stopped periodically to venture into the bush to good depth hoping to get photos. I was probably about 3 miles north of Renovo and a mile into the wooded area where there was visible rocky terrain among the woods. It was then that I feel certain I saw a mountain lion working it way from the rock face to a tree line. I picked up with binoculars but did not have a long enough telephoto lens to photograph it. Even if I had I probably would have missed the shot because the mountain lion was only visible for maybe ten seconds. I am certain it was a mountain lion.

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    Default Re: Mountain Lion sighting

    The rangers in kentucky just killed the first mt lion east of the mississippi since the civil war, michigans chief ranger personally observed a mt lion. I would believe a feral cougar was released or escaped from some collector before I believe the game commission was releasing them.

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