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 Mt. Lion Sighting
What's going on everybody? Been a while since I've checked in around here.

So I thought I would check in and let everyone know about the mountain lion I saw on Saturday morning. It was crossing route 16 in Jackson just south of the Wentworth Golf Club. I was close enough to it to see it was with no doubt a mountain lion. I left a message with fish and game and told them about it.

Anyways, just wanted to share this rare sighting. Hope everyone's hiking season is well.


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What time was that? We passed thru there around 5:30am on our way to PNVC. Interesting here I was worried about hitting moose/deer that early.


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Hope all is well with you. Let me guess. They told you you were mistaken and it was probably a dog or a bobcat. No personal experience there, just what I've heard they say. Pretty awesome if you actually saw one though. I for one do believe they're out there somewhere and would love to see one myself, provided I saw it before it saw me!


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It was maybe like five minutes after 6am. And fish and game hasn't said anything to me yet about it, and maybe they won't. I left a message at 6:30 or so and no one was there.


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Good to see you're alive Andy. Especially after seeing a Mountain Lion. :wink:

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Whoa! What the heck are they doing around here?!

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I'm very interested in this! Would be amazing if they were around again. Andy can you keep us up to date on what Fish and Game say?


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Good to hear from you Andy, and that's a cool sighting. I just hope none of us ever encounters one on the trail. :shock:

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Am I the only one who doesn't think it's cool to see a mountain lion. These are not black bears. They eat only meat and are pretty good at stalking. :shock:

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Environmentally it's cool, would not cool to be stalked or eaten by a puma.


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Am I the only one who doesn't think it's cool to see a mountain lion. These are not black bears. They eat only meat and are pretty good at stalking. :shock:


My son was stalked in CA by one .... fortunately he got out of the area before being attacked.

you're right, they are not black bears.

You are not alone. When out on trail maintenance on the Rocky Branch trail I was always cognizant that I was alone, and tried to keep the eyes in the back of my head open ;)

Haven't seen one myself but my daughter in law saw one in Pinkham Notch about 5 years ago, and there have been too many other sightings ...whether residents or transients wandering through, I'm a believer that they are around from time to time at least ...

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First some more info. If looking at the AMC Crawford Notch map, locate Jackson in the upper left. If you go about a half inch south of where it says Jackson, that is the general area where I saw it. It crossed from the east side of the road to the west, heading towards the Rocky Branch area. But who really knows?

I did speak with someone at fish and game today. They didn't try to convince me I didn't see one, or say it could have been some thing else. When they get a repeat of a sighting, they take all the info and give it to the state biologist. And unless you can provide some physical evidence, they do not investigate. They said they have tested scat, and it always has come back k-9. And tracks have always shown claws, also k-9. They said the state has no physical evidence that they are here, but that does not mean they are not.

So that's all I've got. Case closed as far as the state is concerned.


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Am I the only one who doesn't think it's cool to see a mountain lion. These are not black bears. They eat only meat and are pretty good at stalking. :shock:

Awe come on Joe! :D Very cool to see one. They do stalk, eat meat and have a fondness of pouncing on you from behind as you walk under the tree they're hiding in but other than that having the wild things out there is cool, to me at least.

On that note I'm 99% sure I saw a wolf on the Kanc a few years back. Could have been a wold-dog I suppose but it was way bigger than a coyote. Just stood in the road at the hairpin turn near the Hancock trail as I slowly drove by it 10 feet away. Of course it was one of the only times I've not had a camera with me in recent memory! :cry:


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When ever I get past exit 20, I have that camera on my seat and ready to go. :wink:

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Funny timing as I post on a few nation hunting forums and there was recently a cougar thread dealing with sightings in many easterly states...sightings have been popping up in many states that are supposedly "cougarless".

Chance of a lifetime to see one...even if you lived in an area out west densely populated.

Here's an excellent link with some good info regarding "confirmed" sightings.

http://www.cougarnet.org/bigpicture.html


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