A Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife officer killed a mountain lion on a Bourbon County farm on Monday, marking the first confirmed sighting of a mountain lion in Kentucky since before the Civil War, said Mark Marraccini, a spokesman for the agency. Read full report.
What appears to be a second mountain lion has been spotted in the heart of Los Angeles. Read full report.
Have you ever seen a mountain lion cough up a hairball? Neither had I. But new photos just released by the National Park Service show P22, the celebrity lion of Los Angeles, doing just that after dining on a deer. More importantly, the photographs reveal him free of the mange he had suffered earlier this year. Read full report.
Things weren't looking so good for the mountain lion as P-22 was found sickened with mange and rat poison in March, but new photos released today show that he's looking healthy and back to his majestic self again. Read full report.
Twenty Florida panthers have now been documented as road kills, which breaks the record for vehicle deaths for the Sunshine State's official state animal. Read full report.
The bobcat was cage-trapped on a property where chickens had been killed. The poultry pen was built well enough to keep the chickens from escaping but it was not predator proof. The animal was freed and the land owner was advised on more appropriate housing and husbandry practices to keep from losing any more animals to the resident wildlife. Read full report.
Police officers were sent to guard schools, while hundreds of security officers scoured large areas near the French capital. Spooked drivers locked their car doors. Residents cowered at home, fearful that a menacing tiger would devour them whole. Read full report
On a wooded ridge between Loch Lomond and Highway 17, livestock farmers Alison Charter-Smith and Tony Jaehnichen have found a safe, friendly alternative to using guns to deter mountain lion attacks: large, fuzzy sheepdogs. Read full report.
A San Jose homeowner captured a mountain lion in front of his home with a surveillance camera Tuesday morning. After the motion detector alarm on his surveillance camera went off, David Tang reviewed his video and saw the animal standing on his car. Read full report.
Normally when there is a mountain lion incident and direct human contact, there are several months of abnormally high sightings reports, suggesting that the human response to extremely rare predator aggression is overblown attention and fear. The recent incident involving a 6 year old boy is no exception. A healthy response to this incident, if you enjoy recreating on local trails that also happen to be natural habitat for multiple wildlife species, is to really take the time to educate yourself and your family about the very real risks of hiking in a region where there are noxious snakes and spiders, as well as coyotes, bobcats, deer and yes, mountain lions.
The lion that was killed as a result of the incident last week was a 2-ish year old male, likely a disperser, and not obviously sick or unhealthy.
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