Cougar Sighting/Caught in Downingtown...

Cougar Sighting/Caught in Downingtown, PA

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Dave

Coatesville, PA

#1 Aug 17, 2008
A small cougar was sighted in the woods near a townhouse development in Downingtown Pa by my neighbor. The next day it was actually sighted again by some nearby construction workers who were able to contain it with some temporary fencing; however, the cougar reacted so violently to the containment, the construction workers, now fearing for their safety, had to kill the animal (how they did it, I do not know). Another neighbor has subsequently contacted some wildlife agency to come in and inspect the surrounding woods to make sure there are no other cougars present. In my opinion, I think it was someone's exotic pet, that became to big to manage, and they simply let it go into the woods.

This is no joke! Watch your kids carefully!
Obama Bin There

Norristown, PA

#2 Oct 19, 2008
Cougars are part of nature and should be left alone. It was wrong of the construction workers to corral and kill it unless they were going to eat it. It is a shame that we can't get along with wildlife and coexist in an ever busier world.
What was the fear of the cougar? Did the cougar strike so much fear in the construction workers that they had to kill it? The cougar would have killed for food, or in it's own defence. If parents would watch their children, then we wouldn't have to worry about hungry cougars, bears, or construction workers lurking in our communities. We should give half of our income to wildlife organizations to help the poor, hungry, and depraved animals.
Eastern Cougar

Marcus Hook, PA

#3 Apr 7, 2009
Dave,

Please get in touch with me regarding this incident....

easterncougar at gmail dot com
Valerie

Phoenixville, PA

#4 Jun 22, 2010
I live right next to Downingtown and I can tell you that my husband and I watched a cougar hanging around our house for about 3 years. Always in the evening going down the side driveway that is also the path the deer take dusk and dawn. We haven't seen it for almost 2 years so perhaps it was the same one these guys contained and shot.
Mark

Burr Hill, VA

#5 Jun 27, 2010
While riding my bike home from st. colledge to cresson on rt. 45 I seen a cougar on the side of the road by the farm that spreads cow manuare if U ever passed it U no where Im talking about. At first I thought it was a fawn with the size & color til I got up beside it & it spoted Me & took off for 20 yds. I got a umbelieveable view til it turned 90 degrees running strait away with that long tail with a curl at the end ,being the last thing that I had seen there was no dought the cat was a cougar.
neil

Burlington, NJ

#6 Jul 17, 2010
did anyone get a clear photo of this animal or will it look like some ufo sighting from china?7363
ekenko Downingtown Pa

United States

#7 Aug 4, 2010
I agree with Obama Bin there...what was the real reason that these big bad brave construction workers killed the contained and defenseless animal. For sport maybe..? I too am sick of the mistreatment of animals. It is so easy to take a rifle and kill an animal that has come into our civilian world...but answer me this....with all the overdevelopment of every available speck of land...where the hell are the animals suppose to go. Why are people always so surprised when bears and cougars wind up in our back yards?!
Kim

Tunkhannock, PA

#8 Sep 11, 2010
This morning my husband and I look out into our back pasture at what we first thought was a fawn. Until it got up and walked around. It was bigger than a house cat. And the tail was longer than a Bob Cats. Our three horses went on high alert in the next pasture when they noticed the very big cat. It look like a young cougar. We got a few pictures if anyone is interested.
OH Please

Spartanburg, SC

#9 Sep 23, 2010
@ Obama Bin there, "the cougar reacted so violently to the containment" would be a hint as to why the construction workers killed it. If there is a possibility that a child could be harmed or killed by it, I would THINK that the life of the child would be oh, so much more valuable than the cougar's.
Woody

West Chester, PA

#10 Nov 16, 2010
Wait, so an older single woman with a facelift was caught in the woods near somebody's house? Yikes, that *is* a danger to society...

“The King of R&R”

Since: Dec 07

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#11 Dec 2, 2010
What is her weight and age? I might want to visit.
woodwerker1995

Pine Grove, PA

#12 May 30, 2011
Dave wrote:
A small cougar was sighted in the woods near a townhouse development in Downingtown Pa by my neighbor. The next day it was actually sighted again by some nearby construction workers who were able to contain it with some temporary fencing; however, the cougar reacted so violently to the containment, the construction workers, now fearing for their safety, had to kill the animal (how they did it, I do not know). Another neighbor has subsequently contacted some wildlife agency to come in and inspect the surrounding woods to make sure there are no other cougars present. In my opinion, I think it was someone's exotic pet, that became to big to manage, and they simply let it go into the woods.
This is no joke! Watch your kids carefully!
To obama bin there's comment,
I myself do disagree with the actions of the construction workers in this incident but however your comment about watching our kids and coexsisting with a cougar in a somewhat heavily populated area is proposterous. The cougar should have been caught and relopcated by the proper authorities. If there is a cougar in the area and my 4 year old is playing outside it would it would only take a second for a cougar to snatch her up. I watch my daughter very closley when she plays outside but all it would take is to turn your back for a second and tragedy strikes with a wild animal of this ferocity. We do have to coexsist but sfter seeing some reports of cougar and/or moutain lion attacks on adult humans I would have to say that it would be a must for the animal to be removed from the area and placed in a more secluded less populated area which would be safer not only for your community, yourself and family's saftey, and the well being of the animal. In my opinion you are so hung up on the conservation that you can't see the forest through the trees use your head how would you feel if an angry or hungry cougar was eying you up for a meal in your back yard?

Sincerly,
woodwerker1995
Selinsgrove Pa
Girlfriend

Jim Thorpe, PA

#13 Jun 29, 2011
Kim wrote:
This morning my husband and I look out into our back pasture at what we first thought was a fawn. Until it got up and walked around. It was bigger than a house cat. And the tail was longer than a Bob Cats. Our three horses went on high alert in the next pasture when they noticed the very big cat. It look like a young cougar. We got a few pictures if anyone is interested.
Are you talking about a nice little farm in Bear Gap area??? I think you should post the pictures you have. Maybe get some confirmation from some "Cougar Experts".
nathan

Spring Lake, NJ

#14 Aug 13, 2011
I've seen a cougar up on my property 6-7 years ago, sniffing at a ground hole approx. 100 ft. away. No clown in a green suit is going to tell me otherwise.
Dana

Danville, PA

#15 Aug 14, 2011
I live in danville in the back woods and I have one here and was driving to shamokin tonight and spotted on hit on the road on my way home I was going to take pics but someone had already picked it up there far from extinct my dad is an avid hunter and sees them and lynx a lot
Jonny

York, PA

#16 Aug 18, 2011
I seen a mountian lion today in harrisburg. I called the game commision and they told me it could have been several different animals. A fox was one that they said it could be the other thing it could be is a bobcat. Im pretty sure it wasnt either one. There wasnt enough hair for it to be a fox, and the tail was way to long for a bobcat. I had a very good look at it and there werent any spots on it wither.
Mountain lions rt 51

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Aug 31, 2011
A pair crossed Rt. 51 near Perryopolis a few years ago. Then they were gone!
Mountain lions rt 51

Pittsburgh, PA

#18 Aug 31, 2011
There could be funding to repopulate certain types, and if they are intentionally being released here, since they are extremely dangerous, it might be played down.

Do yourselves a favor and read up on the attacks of extremely fit people when they are tired while jogging, biking, or hiking.
Mountain lions rt 51

Pittsburgh, PA

#19 Aug 31, 2011
I have no real opinion as to wether or not they should be repopulated and seeded in areas, but there does seem to be a problem with predatory animals who have been fed by humans, wether bears in a park, sharks with the feeder keeping the fish treats in a rear fanny pouch, or young wolves or cougars or even captive animals in zoos and other animal park situations when they are on their own in the natural wild again.
When they have been conditioned to receive their meals from people, that is who they may approach when hungry.
Mountain lions rt 51

Pittsburgh, PA

#20 Aug 31, 2011
California seems to be more acquainted than most Pennsylvanians, I'm of course guessing, on people being attacked and, yes, they eat people sometimes.

Read up on some of their attacks like in the redwood forest park areas, etc.

They say in some of the articles to try not to bend down, they seem to know about things that these wild cats go after and what might work to fend them off if need be.

Do yourselves a favor if you don't want to believe people who are trying to be kind enough to let you know a small truth. Research and read because we don't just have cute deer in PA.

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