Cheryl Gray

Mountain lion killed in Kentucky

December 17, 2014

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.

Trapped bobcat freed by wildlife officials

October 29, 2014

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.

Ask The Naturalist: Why Would A Mountain Lion Attack That Child?

September 13, 2014

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.

Read the Bay Nature piece for more.