Mountain lion story leads to furor after death of Lewis County horse

Jan 13, 2009 Full story: Charleston Daily Mail 95

What killed a Lewis County horse? Well, some believe it was a mountain lion. One member of the horse owner's family went on a Weston radio talk show and said as much.

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Since: Mar 07

weston,wv

#1 Jan 13, 2009
Not surprised when you hear of all the lion sightings in surrounding states and counties to hear of them being sighted around here.
jlk

Watertown, WI

#2 Aug 15, 2011
I believe it!
jlk

Watertown, WI

#3 Aug 15, 2011
When I was a kid my great grandmother would tell my father they were living in our woods. They would call her crazy. No, she was right. Jus last week my husband saw black panther. It's tail was long and dragging the ground. Do you like the idea of government letting wolves loose to control deer population! Isn't that the stupid! Try extending deer season.
What

Weston, WV

#4 Aug 15, 2011
Actually mountain lions are native to West Virginia . I welcome them back with open arms . Read a book , unplug for awhile .
Supporter

Charleston, WV

#5 Aug 15, 2011
No such thing as a black panther.
just saying

Hurricane, WV

#6 Aug 21, 2011
Supporter wrote:
No such thing as a black panther.
A black panther is actually a dark colored leopard.

Since: Jul 10

Charleston, WV

#7 Aug 24, 2011
I've always heard there were panthers (it's what I've always heard it called from my family to my teachers so that's what I'll call it rather it's a black leopard, black jaguar or whatever which is true but it's always been called panther here) and lions here but have never saw any. I haven't saw any black bears for years either. I live in Boone county, I should see more wildlife, but I don't. I even drive backroads, dirt roads, mountain roads and never see a dang thing. I wouldn't want it in my yard or in front of my car but I'd definitely like to see some more wildlife besides the occasional deer. Also when and where did they release the wolves?? I didn't hear about that. That's kinda scary
Doug

Wheeling, WV

#8 Sep 17, 2011
If you research mountain lions you will find that the variety which was native to WV is extinct. However, it is very possible the Florida variety has migrated this far. When I was a child, my uncle had a cow attacked by something that left claw marks down the cow's back and a huge hole in her side. The cow survived the attack and we doctored her for months in the lot beside my house. We have pictures. Curiously enough, the landowners told us they saw a mountain lion with a fawn in its mouth around the time of the attack. I do not think they are releasing wolves because of the coyote infestation.
forest Gump

Hurricane, WV

#9 Sep 18, 2011
just saying wrote:
<quoted text>A black panther is actually a dark colored leopard.
I thought a black panther was a racially motivated radical black man. I even ruined one of their black panther parties.
Yes

Chesapeake, VA

#10 Sep 18, 2011
Supporter wrote:
No such thing as a black panther.
CVall them what you will! There are black panthers...
CATS

Chesapeake, VA

#11 Sep 18, 2011
just saying wrote:
<quoted text>
A black panther is actually a dark colored leopard.
Leopard has spots. A black panther is black, not dark colored.
Anonymous

United States

#12 Sep 19, 2011
I have never seen a mountain lion but I have heard a strange cry really late at night when I was at least 5 or 6 miles back in the woods. This is a sparsely populated area near Clendenin. It sounded almost like a woman shreiking. It was a bone chilling sound to hear and it came from around 75 to 100 yards away from where we were standing, just outside the shadows of a flood light. People say there are no mountain lions around here, but I am not too sure. They say there are no bears around here either but just 10 or so miles from the spot we heard the strange cry I have found what were obviously bear droppings on MANY occasions over the years roaming those mountains as a child and I still have never seen a bear there to this day. Just because we don't see something doesn't mean it is not there. It could mean that it is really good at staying out of sight.
John Marston

Hurricane, WV

#13 Sep 19, 2011
dude guy man bro wrote:
I have never seen a mountain lion but I have heard a strange cry really late at night when I was at least 5 or 6 miles back in the woods. This is a sparsely populated area near Clendenin. It sounded almost like a woman shreiking. It was a bone chilling sound to hear and it came from around 75 to 100 yards away from where we were standing, just outside the shadows of a flood light. People say there are no mountain lions around here, but I am not too sure. They say there are no bears around here either but just 10 or so miles from the spot we heard the strange cry I have found what were obviously bear droppings on MANY occasions over the years roaming those mountains as a child and I still have never seen a bear there to this day. Just because we don't see something doesn't mean it is not there. It could mean that it is really good at staying out of sight.
The sound of a woman screaming is how the call of the panther/cougar has always been described. It must be a chilling sound. Just google it.
just saying

Saint Albans, WV

#14 Sep 19, 2011
CATS wrote:
<quoted text>Leopard has spots. A black panther is black, not dark colored.
A black panther is a dark colored leopard and has spots. You have to look closely to see them. Look it up on the internet.
you are crazy

Elkview, WV

#15 Sep 19, 2011
The DNR recognizes (and had collars on) bears in Kanawha County (and other counties 10 miles from Clendinin). What are you talking about? As for the cry, what you describe sounds like a bobcat. It is high pitched scream.
dude guy man bro wrote:
I have never seen a mountain lion but I have heard a strange cry really late at night when I was at least 5 or 6 miles back in the woods. This is a sparsely populated area near Clendenin. It sounded almost like a woman shreiking. It was a bone chilling sound to hear and it came from around 75 to 100 yards away from where we were standing, just outside the shadows of a flood light. People say there are no mountain lions around here, but I am not too sure. They say there are no bears around here either but just 10 or so miles from the spot we heard the strange cry I have found what were obviously bear droppings on MANY occasions over the years roaming those mountains as a child and I still have never seen a bear there to this day. Just because we don't see something doesn't mean it is not there. It could mean that it is really good at staying out of sight.
just saying

Saint Albans, WV

#16 Sep 19, 2011
Type in Black Panther on YOUTUBE and you may learn something.
Anonymous

United States

#17 Sep 19, 2011
There are places in West Virginia where no one has set foot in ten years. I am sure that there could be big cats out there even now. There would be plenty of places for them to remain out of sight and a lot of wildlife for them to feed. They could have migrated here from elsewhere but they could still be here. Personally I wouldn't hurt one of these unless I absolutely couldn't avoid it, they are probably beautiful and intelligent creatures. West Virginia is blessed with a lot of interesting wildlife. I was always fascinated by it growing up.

Since: Aug 11

New York, NY

#18 Sep 22, 2011
I saw a big one on my stepdads game camera it had a tracking collar, meaning "they" put it there. My kids play in those woods I don't take them out as much now.
Really

Charleston, WV

#19 Sep 22, 2011
Has anyone seen or heard of WV sightings of elk that were placed in Pike County Ky a few years ago? One would think they would easily cross the Tug into southern WV. I would hate to come around a corner in a car late and night and see one of them in the road.
This is true

Princeton, WV

#20 Sep 28, 2011
I live near Bluefield WV, not far from East River mtn. We have a farm w lots of acres and forest. We have a big mountain lion here. It's been spotted several times. We also have a fisher cat, a lynx cat, bobcats and plenty of other animals. Sometimes, they show up on the trail cams. In Tazwell VA, the gov. Just turned mountain lions loose to control the deer population. Taz. VA is not far from here.

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