16 thoughts on “One of our close neighbors

    1. Me too! Rural living beats the hell out of city life. Not having to go to the zoo to see cool critters is one of the reasons.

  1. What State is this in Cool picture. Hope it is well fed on Shit people.
    You you know bankers lawyers congressmen feminist. Poor cat might get sick eating this low life the but we will be made healthy.

    1. I see one, it dies. These bastards will eat your children, and on this one, you can see the ribs hanging out. Been a tough winter.
      I’ve had these bastards stalk me in the woods. You know they are there and when you circle back you see the prints. A very dangerous animal.

      1. Absolutely!
        If you do not take it down, there’ll be a good chance of regret that you didn’t.
        I haven’t seen one here, although cats been seen 50, 70 miles away which means i’m in their potential back yard.
        They can cover quite a large area.
        Can you imagine, a moonless night rendezvous? and: Oh man all I got is a walking stick, and a folding knife…(laughing) NOT HAPPENING!! pew pew

        1. I can go a hundred yards from my house and see cougar tracks. They are all over the place here since they outlawed using dogs to hunt them. They breed like cats. 🙂 I get a shot at them, or just about anybody else around here and they are shot, just like the rattlesnakes. And there ain’t no pew pew, it’s boom boom…boom boom boom.

      2. My ex hunts in Eastern Oregon and he’s been tracked by them. My grandfather used to have to walk over a mountain to school, both outside Portland and again in Eastern Oregon back around 1910 and he carried a rifle to school because of those cats.

      3. Henry, those concerns seem a bit exaggerated. No doubt cougars are deadly predators, but the fact is that they rarely attack people. We look nothing like their typical prey. Lots of people (myself included) have seen them when hiking, camping, etc., and have had no issues as long as they don’t do anything seriously ill-advised (like try to run).

        Don’t get me wrong. I carry a .44 Mag with full-bore loads whenever I’m in cougar/bear territory, because on occasion those animals will attack if they’re starving, injured, startled, etc. But shooting those magnificent creatures on sight? That seems excessive. You’re about ten thousand times more likely to die in a car wreck than from a cougar attack, but I’m sure you don’t avoid driving.

        1. Cougar attacks USED to be rare, before the people in the cities who don’t have a clue banned the use of dogs for hunting them. Now, like I said, they have bred like cats tend to do, hence more of the deer and elk are killed. Like I said, I live in the woods and grew up in the woods and have been stalked by the bastards.
          Do you know how a cougar attacks? It plants itself on top of you and rips your guts out with its claws.
          One day, a friend and I were hiking up a creek a few miles, taking brook trout out of the holes. I felt one and told the city boy I was with we were being stalked, to which he made light. We crossed the creek several times back and forth over logs when I would FEEL the bastard crossed the creek with us. We finally reached the spot where I knew he had to be on one side of the creek, so I blasted some rounds in the general area where I felt he was, before we started back down the creek. On the way back, I showed the city boy where the bastard had crossed about six logs, right where we had, stalking us.
          I am a woodsman and I have zero use for cougars, wolves, or rattlesnakes. They are man killers and the only redeeming quality I see in them is the potential for killing Californians who want to preserve and protect man killers. They are a vermin which you need to keep killed back away from where you live, as they will kill your stock, your pets, your children, and you, if they get the drop on you.
          With all due respect, f#@k em.

        2. I would add to the list of man killers, wild dog packs, the deadliest, as they were once domesticated and do not fear man. I’ve run across packs of 20 to 30 and killed as many as I could before they got away.
          One of the reasons these communists are so interested in releasing wolves and banning the hunting of cougars with dogs is that they know when this shit breaks lose, we will be out there and they want to make our environment hostile towards us.
          I too have seen many cougars and I’ll tell you a little secret. It is not the one you see that is going to blast out of the brush and attack you, it is the one you don’t see that will put you on the plate for dinner.

          1. I had a neighbor here in Oklahoma kick a pregnant bear tracking dog out to survive off the land. She had several puppies, raised them wild and then they started terrorizing the neighborhood. They killed the neighbor’s foaling horse and I caught them eating near the rear where she was trying to deliver. Nobody got a deer that year as they were spooked. This went on for about three years until the dogs started dying off or got shot. A couple years ago I saw one on my deer corn and figured it was the last one. Those were big dogs bred for tracking. They would have killed a kid. When I lived in Oregon, the neighbor saw a cougar and nobody laughed. One of the men and his brother went to track and kill it, but all they saw were the tracks in the sand going into the sagebrush and changed their minds. Those who owned horses were kind of worried. And then there is the photo of the hunter in the Dakota’s who shot the elk, set his camera up in the dark and when he looked at the pictures, there was a cougar standing right beside him in the photo.

          2. The main point I would try to make is that if you see a cougar, it is a chance encounter. When a big cat goes on the stalk, every skill in its DNA from time immortal is working to keep it concealed until it makes its run. If a cat is stalking, it’s not a curious observer, it is on the hunt for a kill. When you are out in the right territory and the hair on your arms stand on end and a chill shoots through your bone marrow, that is your survival instincts, right to your DNA, developed over the millennia, telling you you are in danger. Move away from any cover and get out in the open as much as possible, though even at that, actually spotting a stalking cougar is very difficult as they will literally be crawling on their belly to keep themselves concealed. It is like the kill, the nature of the stalk.
            It doesn’t matter if it is at the end of a bad winter or a warm summer day. It could be the smell of fish you are carrying. But the cat is not targeting the fish, it is targeting you and operating on pure instinct. As for the wild dogs, there is nothing more deadly in the woods. They hunt as a pack and having been domesticated and many trained to hunt, they are proficient and should be exterminated wherever they are found.

  2. Yep they are dangerous, which is why (being 64 and all) I tend not to go walking at night (and lately I’ve seen their tracks and poop everywhere) But glad to have them—helps keep govt, idiots away, and other wimps and wusses.

  3. Yes Henry, we got wild dog packs that roam the woods in northern Wisconsin. I’ve plunked a few in my day and they are mangy looking, bug infested critters that stink to high heaven. You do not want to be out on a nature hike unarmed, these dogs seem to have no fear of humans. Call ’em coyotes, wild dogs, and yes, we got wolves as well, I don’t leave home without my .45.

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