A cougar comeback in northwestern Louisiana?

There are 20 comments on the Oct 26, 2008, www.thenewsstar.com story titled A cougar comeback in northwestern Louisiana?. In it, www.thenewsstar.com reports that:

After more than 40 years of oblivion, is the cougar - or panther - making a comeback in northwestern Louisiana? The odds are still very much against it, but there is at least one cougar prowling Natchitoches ...

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Cougar in Bodcau

Shreveport, LA

#162 Oct 4, 2010
Woof
freebird

United States

#163 Oct 4, 2010
got my salad tossed by someones grandma,in the parking garage level 3 horshoe,go nana!!!!!!!!!!
alda45

Winnfield, LA

#164 Oct 13, 2010
I don't understand why Wildlife people will not accept that there are cougars in Southwest LA. One has been sighted in my neighborhood by six seven different people but when reported they say there are no cougars here. This one has been described by several people as being really skinny. I believe that takes a good look to see one is skinny.
Dan

Campti, LA

#165 Oct 16, 2010
We had one kill our pit bull last year out by Black Lake. Jumped into our fence with 3 other adult dogs.
catlady

United States

#166 Nov 28, 2010
I live in Gloster, and I have panthers that come up in my back yard on a regular basis. Scarey enough most of the times it comes up in the back yard is the days, my children play outside making alot of noise. And that evening you can just about guarantee, you will see or hear it or both. I have contact wl&f, and they said I would have to have evidence. I'm not sure about you, but if one did come up close enough that I could take a picture I promise I wont be holding a camera, it will be more like the .270 sitting at my back door. Yes its gotten so bad around here, the gun stays at the back door and when I take my dogs out at night I bring it with me. I have flood lights in my backyard to help me see better in case one comes up. I know what I saw. and Soon they will have their evidence, I will personally drop it off on the wl&f door step.
Cary

Lake Charles, LA

#167 Dec 1, 2010
I live in South Louisiana and I am a teacher at Starks High School. I have seen two of the brown Cougars on my way home from school in the past two years. I have also seen a couple of bobcats that have been hit by cars on the highway. I haven't seen a big black cat yet but many of the locals have reported seeing the black ones. I personally believe there are large black cats in the area regardless of what the Wildlife experts say. They denied the existence of the brown ones for years until the photo evidence proved them wrong.
Trj

Natchitoches, LA

#168 Dec 1, 2010
Florida Panthers roam in Louisiana. They have done so for many years,decades, and they are seen with black, grey, greyish black, and even silver grey hair. they are by nature, shy and avoid contact with people whenever they can. I have had one come up behind me in the woods, within a few feet of me, and never gave me a second notice. However, a couger, which is also known as a mountain lion, is not the same thing although they are catagorizes in the same family. Mountain lions/cougers have been known to attack and kill humans. this is well documented. cougers are also much larger than panthers and are commonly tan/brown. Mountain lions are what is referred to as a couger come back not panthers. there have been more and more sightings and one was killed recently. i believed the email and photo pass around to most. check it and see. make no mistake, mountain lions are extremely dangerous, not panthers.

Since: Oct 10

Winnfield, LA

#169 Dec 6, 2010
A large tan cat has been sighted 7 times in the last two years. four of those sightings was within less than one fourth mile of my house. it was seen during daylight hours each time. Once it was trying to get a neighbors lamb.Three different described it as being very skinny.The cougar crosses the road in front ov cars.The people who are suppose to know these things say there are no cougars here it had to be a house cat or something. I no longer walk in my neighborhood or let my grandchildren.I was also told to not leave dogfood out or throw leftover food out. They then reminded me If I killed one I would have a huge fine and go to jail. Also was told if I was worried about my grandchildren and pets to keep them inside. My question is, If there are no cougars here, why was I told to do all these things?
trj

Natchitoches, LA

#170 Dec 8, 2010
FAIRVEIWALPHAGIRL wrote:
WAY TO GO Y-O-Y, I GUESS ALL THE BLACK CATS THAT AR IN THE ZOOS NEVER REPRODUCED BEFORE THEY WERE PLACED IN CAPTIVITY..... ARE EITHER SOMEONE IS JUST SRAY PAINTING THE BROWN ONES TO FOOL THOSE LIKE US THAT HAVE SEEN THE BLACK ONES HA! HA!
I do not understand why this thread keeps on arguing so long about the difference panthers/cougers...black/brown grey charcoal and all. The thread " a couger comeback" is referring to cougers (mountain lions) not panthers. and there is a big difference. the florida panther, which can be blackish grey, grey, charcoal, et ect, have been in Louisiana for decades. it's not even debatable!!! however, Cougers (mountain lions) which are primarily tan/brown, have been seem in Louisiana more recently and seem to be making a comeback in alarming numbers. Cougers are larger than panthers and are extremly dnagerous. check the attacks in California and the rockies. several people have been attacked and killed. i have had panthers come as far as 20 feet from me while i was hunting (standing on the ground) just looked at me and kept going. had that been a couger...it would have probably would have been thinking dinner time. if you do not know the difference or do not believe it, then i suggest you stay out of the woods.
Trey

Natchitoches, LA

#171 Dec 8, 2010
alda45 wrote:
I don't understand why Wildlife people will not accept that there are cougars in Southwest LA. One has been sighted in my neighborhood by six seven different people but when reported they say there are no cougars here. This one has been described by several people as being really skinny. I believe that takes a good look to see one is skinny.
You are right! I saw one about two years ago just east of Clarence crossing hwy 84. It was charcoal colored, bigger than a large dog, and I got a good enough look at it to notice how skinny it was. I could see its ribs and it looked rather poor. I got a good look at it before it darted across the road. Don't know or care what it's called. It was a really big cat!

“YOU PEOPLE ARE CRAZY”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#172 Dec 8, 2010
We saw a dead one on Sunday, December 5th, on the shoulder of I-49. We were heading south on I-49 and it was on the shoulder just north of the Cloutierville exit.
trj

Natchitoches, LA

#173 Dec 8, 2010
GOOD LAWD wrote:
We saw a dead one on Sunday, December 5th, on the shoulder of I-49. We were heading south on I-49 and it was on the shoulder just north of the Cloutierville exit.
did you notice if it was black or brown?

“YOU PEOPLE ARE CRAZY”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#174 Dec 9, 2010
trj wrote:
<quoted text>
did you notice if it was black or brown?
It was a yellow/tan color.
Aquitoy

Harvey, LA

#175 Dec 9, 2010
FAIRVEIWALPHAGIRL wrote:
can't believe they finally believe the public, we have been telling there is one in fairview for years. we have one that passes by our place all the time and finally my son seen one just last weekend, but i guess it took pictures to prove it.
Well that was not a cougar, dear that was the Chupacabras in disguise.
El Chupacabra

Natchitoches, LA

#176 Dec 9, 2010
Aquitoy wrote:
<quoted text>
Well that was not a cougar, dear that was the Chupacabras in disguise.
I am ALIVE and well, thank you. On Dec 5th I was watchin the Saints whip the Bengals.
Country girl

Robeline, LA

#177 Dec 11, 2010
I have seen a black cougar/panther and I KNOW what I saw. I have also seen a fawn colored one - nearly hit it with my car - in Marthaville. You were not there so you can't tell me what I did or didn't see. I guess since we have no pictures of the black one it can't be real -- like I have never personally seen air but I know it is real. For years my dad was told that there were absolutely NO cougar in north LA. NONE. 0. Couldn't happen. The large cat prints made in the mud - about 4-5 inches across, were made by a large house cat. Well, I HOPE not! Sorry Google, you are wrong on this one. Too many witnesses to deny us.
Skillet

Dayton, TX

#178 Feb 3, 2011
anyone want to help stop these panthers in fenix, me and the boys gonna light some torches and hunt us some black panthers!!!
wertgyv

Overton, TX

#179 Feb 3, 2011
kiss
Matin

Natchitoches, LA

#180 Feb 4, 2011
Oh
fsttalkncowboy

Shreveport, LA

#181 Feb 24, 2011
There is evidence of the S American Jaguar has increased it's range well into new mexico and other western states. And since a black cougar (mountain lion, puma, etc ...) is a true rarity, & the jaguar (comes in black and spotted) are slightly smaller
(think eat less) then it seems more likely

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