Big Cat's or Mountain Lions !

Big Cat's or Mountain Lions !

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Old Hunter

Bluefield, WV

#1 Dec 2, 2012
Well the Buck season has closed for modern rifles and WV and Webster County had many thousands of hunters in the woods and now Bear season and muzzle loader season starts to day....and still no pictures or other evidence of the ''Big Cats'' anywhere ! I was in the mountains for more than 20 days and still no sign of our Panthers that everyone talks about.Could someone post just 1 picture of a Cat or track with a background that can be verified ? I'll wait !
none

Athens, WV

#2 Dec 3, 2012
they don't exist, get over it

Bug Ridge

Since: Feb 12

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#3 Dec 4, 2012
Old Hunter wrote:
Well the Buck season has closed for modern rifles and WV and Webster County had many thousands of hunters in the woods and now Bear season and muzzle loader season starts to day....and still no pictures or other evidence of the ''Big Cats'' anywhere ! I was in the mountains for more than 20 days and still no sign of our Panthers that everyone talks about.Could someone post just 1 picture of a Cat or track with a background that can be verified ? I'll wait !
It's really difficult to get them to pose for ya.
dunadd

Greensboro, NC

#4 Dec 4, 2012
We don't know what we're talking about. No cats in Webster and no socialists in DC. How about that.
Old Hunter

Bluefield, WV

#5 Dec 4, 2012
Bug Ridge wrote:
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It's really difficult to get them to pose for ya.
Not so Bug Ridge...I hunt on the upper Gauley and there must be a hundred cameras on the leases up in this Country...but still no Pics...just the same ole songs
from the same few that see dozens of these critters every year...Hummmmmm !
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truth is

Lerona, WV

#7 Dec 5, 2012
deer are curious they have learned man smell associated w/deer cams and feeds and baits ect. are often a source of feed. heck they even run to the deer feeders and wait for the timers to kick on. big cats will not do that nor come near feeders or cams. even when we dont hear the ticking and humming of cams or feeders i bet the cats will. plus the cats avoid man smell. perhaps thats the reason no pics of cats. other animals deer, bear, coyote ect. are used to and do not fear man smell as much because they know man smell and peculiar noises can lead to a meal for them. they will risk it. most cats never will.
hunter

Summersville, WV

#8 Dec 5, 2012
Big Cats down Elk River, have been seen
truth is

Lerona, WV

#9 Dec 5, 2012
also just cause you dont see em dont mean they are'nt there. ive never saw a bear or coyote in the woods either and ivehunted quite a few years. but that dont mean they arent real or near.
HeresTheThing

Bluefield, WV

#10 Dec 6, 2012
If there aren't any in the state, then why do we have laws preventing the killing and trapping of them?
Old Hunter

Elkview, WV

#11 Dec 7, 2012
Confusing wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe they don't like the corn and acorn juice and stuff like that is usually close to those game cameras. Gotta agree with Bug on this one! LOL!
The Cats are meat eaters and not there for Acorns or corn...This the equivalent of a Hardy's drive -thru for them...that is why there should be some pictures !
Yes

Rupert, WV

#12 Dec 16, 2012
We have some kind of mountain lion or creepy large cat up our way, it's been pretty brave lately picking the chickens off right in the middle of the day, we have seen it 3 times around the yard but by the time they get the gun out it is gone.. It has a really long tail..
Also have a large pack of Coyotes, coming around every night bothering the horses and dogs..
speedfreak

Garden City, MI

#13 Dec 16, 2012
Look harder they are around
thinking

Lerona, WV

#14 Dec 16, 2012
The Cats are meat eaters and not there for Acorns or corn...This the equivalent of a Hardy's drive -thru for them...that is why there should be some pictures

i an guessing these big cats are like wolves and dont eat every day and are proabably nocturnal
Observer

Bluefield, WV

#15 Dec 28, 2012
I've seen the big black cat(panther) in Camp Ceasar curves
Californians

Craigsville, WV

#16 Dec 30, 2012
None, your retarded go out to bell street and u will see some mountain lions
ken stanaford

Sevierville, TN

#17 Jan 5, 2013
I truly believe every state in the appalachian chain has a few of these animals. I have made attempts to find out the confirmation process for each states wildlife organization but only got confusing info.I do know, WV and VA has prime habitat along with a dense deer population plus many areas without human populations in great numbers. I also have spoken to people in WV mostly hunters, who have seen or know someone who has seen the animals. VA and WV each reports around 50 sightings per year, more than any other states in the region and I can't believe all of these people don't have the knowledge or the honesty to be true in what they are reporting. There have been many fine WV people over the years, whom have made and or confirmed reports of these big cats in there home state. I won't say all the reports are valid there nor here in my state, but I have seen two myself and I know what I saw, and I've spent over 40years hunting these woods and mtns, so you don't see them often. Talk to someone who says they have seen on before you judge their character. in the 90ts your own game officers had track confirmed and made more than one reported sighting themselves both in VA and WV as COUGAR..many wildlife specialist are still of the opinion that a small number of the original population could have sustained itself in the uncut and most remote regions of the GREAT SMOKY MTNS. not far from you. They travel large distances to establish new home ranges in the early years of maturity, so why not WV? Thanks for your time.
Harry

United States

#18 Jan 5, 2013
I have hunted near WV & Va border for 20 years this year. I have seen and killed a few bob cats, bear, and coyotes. Never a cougar, or mountain lion. I had an uncle who years ago killed an 82 pound bob cat. It was the biggest anyone of our family or friends had ever known of. It was one bad A$$ cat. The biggest I ever got or spotted on the mountain may have been around 40 pounds. This one looked as big as an old coon hound
anon

Marlinton, WV

#19 Jan 5, 2013
Old Hunter wrote:
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Not so Bug Ridge...I hunt on the upper Gauley and there must be a hundred cameras on the leases up in this Country...but still no Pics...just the same ole songs
from the same few that see dozens of these critters every year...Hummmmmm !
will you take the blame and pay the fine if i shoot one?
ken stanaford

Dandridge, TN

#20 Jan 5, 2013
That was a monster of a bob. I believe I killed on over 40lbs and another around 33lbs. It's been awhile since I took a bobcat, but I've seen some pretty good ones while deer hunting. A friend of mine killed one that was the largest I have seen in these parts, it was nearly 50lbs. I would love to see one that big, but I wouldn't kill it myself. I figure the old boys have it hard enough out there making a living without me taking shots at them. Now coyotes, I still smoke a few when I'm called to a farm. Good hunting, good stories friend.
Harry

United States

#21 Jan 5, 2013
Yes, coyotes are about the only real predator we shoot now. Every coyote killed spares more sheep, goats and of course deer

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