Indiana cougar sightings to become common

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Urban dwellers in Indiana can expect to see more cougars, according to a Purdue expert.

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DinahJoh

Peru, IN

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Jul 18, 2010
 
My dog was out way too long at 11:30 PM. When she came in her right hindquarter was chewed off and she had puncture wounds in her neck. She had lost her blood and only body fluids were dripping from her. She had to be euthanized. Paw prints were seen coming out of an oil drip on the barn floor and they match pictures of cougar paw prints. It was living in the barn but I blocked up the place where it was entering and leaving...everyday. I know everyday because I set cans at the entry and daily they were knocked over. I'm looking for an affordable night vision camera because I think our property is still included in it's territory.
DinahJoh

Peru, IN

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#63
Jul 18, 2010
 
ps Our property is located just south of Walton, IN near Grissom Air Base.
Whosyermon

Chicago, IL

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#64
Jul 21, 2010
 
this morning, 07-21-10, while working night security at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Brickyard 400, I and another Safety Patrol officer witnessed a large Black cat move across the IMS Museum parking lot. It's body was 4-5 ft. long not counting the head or tail and was moving like a cat closing in on prey. 45 minutes later we saw the it retrace it's path as it headed towards the golf cart tunnel on the back straight of the Speedway. This took place between 3 and 4 am.
Roy

Columbia City, IN

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#65
Jul 29, 2010
 
GFY wrote:
When somebody catches one of these things then I'll believe it. Until then, raccoon.
Well, drive over to Monticello and watch the people hang chunks of deer or pig meat on the fence along the road to lure them out of the woods to eat.
faye

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Jul 30, 2010
 

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why isnt dnr in monticello getting this under control? not being a smarty im just wondering. thanks
Luke

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#67
Sep 4, 2010
 
Martinsville Indiana

Early this summer 2010 I was in the kitchen my Fathers was in the garage. I came out the back door and saw a cougar crouched down ready to pounce down on our small sleeping dog. When I closed the door it ran away faster than any animal I have ever seen in Indiana. It was long,light brown and muscular.; My father saw our pet cat looking out the garage door behaving very frightened, Hissing very loud. Her reaction was so unusual that my father ran out the garage door looking to see what the cat saw. Thats when I spoke to my father about what I saw. The Cougar !!!
RandvilleGirl

Warren, IN

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#68
Nov 5, 2010
 
I know a young man who used to trap along the Salamonie River area in SW Wells county. Several years ago he saw clearly a cougar with two young ones. Makes you consider how far out to let your children play, but also is something to accept when you live in their areas.
bedfish

Bloomington, IN

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#69
Nov 11, 2010
 
I seen scat in Beford,IN in a dry open creek bed while fishing for smallmouth bass. the scat looked like a ave. big animal leaving. So I didn't report it. I was afraid of looking like a nut, but since then people have spotted the animal. I looking back should have reported it. It was full of dear hair and pinched at the ends. It looked like a display. So today I will get DNR involved. Someone seen them close to my wifes work. A female and her cub. Sounds like we have a sudden population of cougar we never had before. I am outside alot these animals never showed up till now. This sounds like a problem...They have been spotted in town.
faye

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#70
Nov 11, 2010
 
i just saw on u tube where a hunter in indiana had one in sights but-its illegal to kill- and it looked like a cougar- but full grown bobcat- so well i didnt know they were brown- if tail is short its a bobcat
Lee

Columbia City, IN

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#71
Nov 14, 2010
 
There has been lynx along the Monon creek for as far back as I can remember. Except for the noise at 2 am they have been pretty good neighbors.
braden rouse

Seymour, IN

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#72
Jan 8, 2011
 
GFY wrote:
When somebody catches one of these things then I'll believe it. Until then, raccoon.
says the city boy (indianapolis)
you'd know damn well if you saw one like i have in a woods at midnight.
king

Fort Wayne, IN

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#73
Sep 15, 2011
 
dan wrote:
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Where exactly? I live on the northeast side of Fort Wayne.
Our neighbor took photos of a Cougar a few houses away from our house today.

They emailed me the pictures. No doubt it's a big cat!

http://www.creativesoundimages.com/mp3/cougar...

http://www.creativesoundimages.com/mp3/cougar...

This was taken on McComb Road close to Wesley Chapel in Churubusco. 12 minutes NW from Carroll High School.
Bryce

Lancaster, PA

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#74
Sep 16, 2011
 
Here kitty kitty kitty.
Bea

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Nov 11, 2011
 

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In 2010, Spring I believe...my husband and I were driving through Browns Valley Indiana, outside of Crawfordsville. It was around 2am and country dark...in the headlights, just off to the side of the road, I saw a large catlike figure, tan in color, slink away into the weed-filled ditch.

I was in shock, we doubled around to see if we could catch another glimpse, but alas, the beast was gone.

The next day, I contacted DNR and spoke to a man in Indy who charts sightings of non-naive animals. He said "what you probably saw was a Bobcat, don't worry, they tend to run from humans."
I told the man I knew damn well what a Bobcat looks like, and that I knew damn well what a Cougar looks like, and this was a Cougar.
He gave me his prepared statement about Cougars being extinct from the area, but because they live in neighboring states, one might wander here from time to time. He also mentioned that it may be an escaped or dumped pet. After that, he basically told me that he couldn't take my sighting seriously, because I had no evidence. I felt like the guy laughed me off and treated me as if I were some kooky lady calling in exaggerating about a house cat or something.

I think its time for the DNR to start getting serious about educating folks on Cougar safety.
faye

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#76
Nov 11, 2011
 
i do too- if you find tracks- scant- id get one of them and make them see it!-well there so many people make it bad 4 us honest folks.
Debbi L

Richmond, IN

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#77
Jan 8, 2012
 
I earlier seen what was either a cougar or a mountain lion in the small town of Milton,In It was in my back yard walking the tree line>>has anyone else seen either of these animals in Wayne County?
Beth

Kingston, PA

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#78
Feb 4, 2012
 
Have an Aunt who lives in Plymouth Indiana. She just put one of her horses down today her muscles were chewed out of her legs. Don't know for sure if it is the work of a cougar but what could take a horse down?? She had some scratches on her face too. There were two horses in the lot were thinking that the other horse was trying to help fight them off. Still she couldn't be saved since the muscles were sliced down to the bone. Hardest thing she had to do but she couldn't let her suffer. Rip Star*
Not Crazy N E More

Georgetown, IN

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#79
Apr 19, 2012
 
Wow, I'm so glad I came across this thread!
I was driving down Pottershop Rd. About 2am headed to Richmond from Connersville and slowed down for what I thought was a deer at first because of the color,, but quickly realizing it was a cougar!!
Striding across the road,, not running,, just walking, not ever once turning it's head, just looking straight ahead at the other side of the road.
I was amazed,, I knew what I had seen yet still questioned my sanity.

(pretty close to Milton)

Also a couple years ago I was at the river in Brownsville,( close to Liberty ) and found an ENORMOUS paw print! Thought my Gawd, that was one huge dog!!
I put my hand next to it and it was as big as my hand,,, only very girthy. I snapped a picture with my cell phone... I'm now thinking it probably was no dog at all, but a cougar!
Hope I can find that old cell phone.
Craig

Lafayette, IN

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#80
Apr 25, 2012
 
bfromgrabill wrote:
My step-son and his friend think they saw a young mountain lion crossing the road right where the bridge goes over the river near Grabill, IN (this is 15 miles N of Fort Wayne In, This was in the spring of 2009. Anyone else see anything like this? It was dusk.
http://www.movoto.com has info about this
Jeff

Richmond, IN

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#81
Jul 21, 2012
 
I seen a large couger next to a frog pond just off a hiking path behind Earlham Collage in Richmond IN. 7/19/2012 about 10:30 am
Debbi L wrote:
I earlier seen what was either a cougar or a mountain lion in the small town of Milton,In It was in my back yard walking the tree line>>has anyone else seen either of these animals in Wayne County?

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