Mountain Lion Photographed In Southern Oklahoma

An Atoka pharmacist says five pictures captured by his special camera in a rural area of Atoka County have Oklahoma Department of Wildlife officials talking. Full Story
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Ron B

Broken Arrow, OK

#1 Jan 5, 2010
Nature walks at night are probably not a good idea. Mountain lions are found in many places here in Oklahoma. Since they hide during the day, very few are spotted.
Riled

United States

#2 Jan 5, 2010
Beautiful creatures!!!
Miss Molly

Glen Ellyn, IL

#3 Jan 5, 2010
Beautiful animal.
Cubfan

Tulsa, OK

#4 Jan 5, 2010
I saw one once on an old oilfield road between Prue and the town of Osage. So there has to be a few.
Ducks and Bucks

Bartlesville, OK

#6 Jan 5, 2010
The mountain lions are more prevelant than most people think, the wildlife department just doesn't want people to know that. there is actually quit a few of them in certain parts of oklahoma. I get at least 5-10 pictures of mountain lions on my trail cam every year, have been for about 6 years now. I also see one or two a year, I told the wildlife department all this and they told me I wasn't really seeing a mountain lion it was justa big bocat, thats why I don't bother to report any more of my sightings to the wildlife department. anymore.
Dave

Broken Arrow, OK

#7 Jan 5, 2010
Awesome!
Kaiser

Tulsa, OK

#8 Jan 5, 2010
Better call monsterquest,,hahahaha
Kpeoples

Talala, OK

#9 Jan 5, 2010
Oklahoma has a lot of animals like that. I hope more people start sending in those pics. People should know what all is out there and it's just cool to see. Where I live there has been quite of few Bobcats. One person I was talking to had no idea that there "was" any left around and he thought it was just "tales". He hit one, about 4 days after we was talking about it and killed it. It was a big one too, I kinda thought it looked like might have been a momma. Wondered if she was what tore my Doxie up a year ago.

Those animals are around and they do live in these areas where parks and creeks are. Watch your dogs, that's just the next meal to them.
concerned

Claremore, OK

#10 Jan 5, 2010
So is it legal in Oklahoma to shoot them??? There was a hunter in Iowa that shot a 125 lb. mountain lion, it's legal in that state. Mountain lions can take a cow down and will hurt cattle herds.
OKLA

United States

#11 Jan 5, 2010
Helps control the Deer population!!!!
Hunter

Talala, OK

#12 Jan 5, 2010
No, it's not legal to shoot them.
Aries

Tahlequah, OK

#13 Jan 5, 2010
Here kitty kitty kitty...
Reality Check

United States

#14 Jan 5, 2010
I am sorry, the Oklahoma Department of Wild life is crazier than crazy. My son and I saw a mountain lion about 7 years ago just West of the Cherokee Trading Post off I40 on 270 going into Geary. He came jumping out of a brush covered ditch, crossed 270 in front of us and we were in an '89 Ford Escort. WOW, he was a big one and we both thought we were going to be shaking hands with Jesus that night. That critter jumped over our hood and we just missed him by the skin of our teeth. He looked just like that one in this man's camera. The librarian at Hinton has a picture she took of a mountain lion crossing in her back yard. I've seen the picture. It is perfectly clear it is a mountain lion. We have them and they are not confined to the pandhandle of Oklahoma, I guarantee you. Get out late in the evening, travel around in these remote areas and at one time or another you can see them. My father saw one about 20 years ago on the North Canadian River just North of Calumet. These critters follow the food chain.
Mike

Tulsa, OK

#15 Jan 5, 2010
I remember seeing one as a kid walking right through the middle of Camp Christian (near Tahlequah) right under one of the street lamps they use to light the path at night. It was pretty late and the barking from the care takers dogs constant.
Bob

Talala, OK

#16 Jan 5, 2010
Actually the law for shooting them has changed recently...

It used to be illegal to kill a mountain lion in Oklahoma, but 2 years ago that law was changed. It is now legal to shoot a mountain lion in Oklahoma if the animal is deemed to be a threat to humans or livestock.
Reality Check

United States

#17 Jan 5, 2010
Ducks and Bucks wrote:
The mountain lions are more prevelant than most people think, the wildlife department just doesn't want people to know that. there is actually quit a few of them in certain parts of oklahoma. I get at least 5-10 pictures of mountain lions on my trail cam every year, have been for about 6 years now. I also see one or two a year, I told the wildlife department all this and they told me I wasn't really seeing a mountain lion it was justa big bocat, thats why I don't bother to report any more of my sightings to the wildlife department. anymore.
You got that right. I don't know what they teach them in school (Wild Life) but I will tell you I have seen many of them in Canadian County on the river. I say many. I have seen 2 in 15 years. One night my son and I were fishing around 4 AM when this big ole cat jumped in the river and came charging to us in our campfire. We slipped in diarrhea all the way to the truck. Funnist thing, first time in years that I beat him to the truck in a foot race. That cat thoroughly ramsacked our ice chest, bait can, and hot dogs. I agree, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife act like they think you are sniffing something if you report it. May as well forget that approach
Morris

Tulsa, OK

#18 Jan 5, 2010
MEOW!
Kentley

Tahlequah, OK

#19 Jan 5, 2010
Rare? I know five respected men who have seen one and one of those was in the City of Tulsa out by the rock quary NE of town. All the others were seen in the Mayes County area. I saw one just east of the Vo-Tech campus near Pryor. Some people don't report that they have seen one for fear of being ridiculed.
DWJ

Sand Springs, OK

#20 Jan 5, 2010
About 6 years ago I saw a Mountain Lion while driving at the Port of Catoosa. It ran across the road right in front of my service delivery truck. This was in the middle of the afternoon in late October. There are a lot of deer around the port areas. So there would be predators. I once was at the back of the port on the east side of the river channel and saw a whole herd of deer. There were over 40 in the herd. I have also seen wild turkeys there. Oklahoma is very rich in wildlife. I live close to Keystone lake towards Sand Springs. I never have seen mountain lions but I have had coyotes, foxes, and bobcats and several other varmints visit my bird feeding station.
pay attn

Owasso, OK

#21 Jan 5, 2010
I have even heard that the Wildlife Dept had actually released a few of them into the woods to help control the deer population. Don't know if that's true but they are definitely out there!!!

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