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pressman247 06-08-2016 01:22 PM

Mountain Lions?
 
Was driving across Rt. 25 day before yesterday in the no-mans land between Moultonborough and Tamworth and believe I saw a young mountain lion. I initially thought it was a Canadian Lynx, as it was too big to be a bobcat, but I got a good look at the tail as it headed into the woods and it was much too long to be a bobcat or a lynx. It was much too big to be a house cat. Has anyone else seen any mountain lions in our neck of the woods?

jetlag100 06-08-2016 01:33 PM

People will argue this one till the cows come home, but, my son was hiking up in the Franconia area and swore up and down that one followed him and his buddies for a couple of miles...I say, why not?

Slickcraft 06-08-2016 02:13 PM

Discussed here every so often:

http://www.winnipesaukee.com/forums/...=mountain+lion

http://www.winnipesaukee.com/forums/...=mountain+lion

http://www.winnipesaukee.com/forums/...=mountain+lion

Dad sold the C * C 06-08-2016 02:24 PM

Sometime last year the owner of the Farm where we keep our horses saw a big cat with a long tail in the Derry area.

kawishiwi 06-08-2016 02:46 PM

Exceptionally stealthy...
 
While almost all 'sightings' end up being non-lions there were similar reports in N. Minnesota for decades before an active den was found just south of the Canadian border. I think this region has enough large wild acreage for it to possibly be true here too.

MeredithMan 06-08-2016 04:21 PM

...that time of year....
 
....lots of cougars are on the prowl in the lakes region in the summer.....:cool:

noreast 06-08-2016 04:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Dad sold the C * C (Post 263285)
Sometime last year the owner of the Farm where we keep our horses saw a big cat with a long tail in the Derry area.

There were numerous sightings in Derry and Hampstead last year, many credible. The have been hundreds in NH & Maine in the last few years. F&G claims mis ID or released pets in every case. I think there moving in.

Hillcountry 06-08-2016 06:03 PM

I saw one in Boxford MA during fawn season (now) about 10 years ago.
No mistaking what it was as it was in my headlights about 20 ft away.
I looked online and there were many "sightings" on the North Shore surrounding towns. They're here!

VitaBene 06-08-2016 10:17 PM

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Originally Posted by MeredithMan (Post 263304)
....lots of cougars are on the prowl in the lakes region in the summer.....:cool:

I ran out of thanks !!

Jilliebean28 07-25-2018 01:30 PM

I was driving on Moultonborough Neck Rd about 7:15pm last Thursday night when a mountain lion ran across the road in front of me! It was a big cat with a very long tail. Went right home and looked up pictures of mountain lions to be sure that was what i saw.

Hillcountry 07-25-2018 02:50 PM

Probably a once in a lifetime event to see one of these Eastern cats!
I know they’re around...:D

Outdoorsman 07-25-2018 05:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Jilliebean28 (Post 298677)
I was driving on Moultonborough Neck Rd about 7:15pm last Thursday night when a mountain lion ran across the road in front of me! It was a big cat with a very long tail. Went right home and looked up pictures of mountain lions to be sure that was what i saw.

Glad you made it home

Loub52 07-25-2018 07:28 PM

I was fortunate to see one on a very bright night from a distance on one of the fields of a 180 acre farm my parents used to maintain in the Berkshires. I've not witnessed one since then...around 1980. Guess I'm dating myself:)

Garcia 07-25-2018 08:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Loub52 (Post 298713)
I was fortunate to see one on a very bright night from a distance on one of the fields of a 180 acre farm my parents used to maintain in the Berkshires. I've not witnessed one since then...around 1980. Guess I'm dating myself:)

Just curious - where in the Berkshires?

swnoel 07-26-2018 07:51 AM

Also saw one back in the early 80's in seacoast NH at 30-50' away in the middle of the day. No doubt what I saw.

SAMIAM 07-26-2018 11:52 AM

Hard to imagine with all these sightings, considering everyone has a cell phone in their pocket, that no one thought to get a picture.
I once had a huge yellow Maine Coon with a very long tail...…..just sayin'

SIKSUKR 07-26-2018 02:51 PM

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Originally Posted by SAMIAM (Post 298769)
Hard to imagine with all these sightings, considering everyone has a cell phone in their pocket, that no one thought to get a picture.
I once had a huge yellow Maine Coon with a very long tail...…..just sayin'

I saw one about 8 yo in Franconia. Crossed the road at dusk in front of my truck but as it probably is in most sightings, they gone in a flash. They dont seem to like to stick around for photos.

Hillcountry 07-26-2018 02:59 PM

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Originally Posted by SIKSUKR (Post 298788)
I saw one about 8 yo in Franconia. Crossed the road at dusk in front of my truck but as it probably is in most sightings, they gone in a flash. They dont seem to like to stick around for photos.

Yup...they don’t hang around...in the headlights...jumped into the pucker brush...gone.

Loub52 07-26-2018 03:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Garcia (Post 298725)
Just curious - where in the Berkshires?

Windsor, MA

chasedawg 07-27-2018 11:43 AM

Mountain lion sighting
 
My wife was walking our dog on New road in Melvin Village last year and saw a mountain lion cross the road about 200 feet in front of her. Our dog freaked out and as they turned around to walk away our dog keep looking back to where the lion crossed the road.
She stopped at Steve Berry's (taxidermist) house on Union Wharf road to tell him what she saw. He had pictures of mountain lions and she definitely said that was a mountain lion. Steve confirmed there have been sightings.
Told the F&G officials. They basically said that it probably was not a mountain lion. I was told later that if they had confirmed it that area where the lion was spotted would have to be posted as a no trespassing area. The lion is endangered and the public most not encroach in they areas where they live. Not sure if that is true or not.

swnoel 07-27-2018 03:49 PM

The problem if it was ever proven the animals rights nuts would file lawsuits to stop trapping, hunting, etc. There are no pumas in NH for that reason!

Hillcountry 07-27-2018 04:04 PM

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Originally Posted by chasedawg (Post 298832)
My wife was walking our dog on New road in Melvin Village last year and saw a mountain lion cross the road about 200 feet in front of her. Our dog freaked out and as they turned around to walk away our dog keep looking back to where the lion crossed the road.
She stopped at Steve Berry's (taxidermist) house on Union Wharf road to tell him what she saw. He had pictures of mountain lions and she definitely said that was a mountain lion. Steve confirmed there have been sightings.
Told the F&G officials. They basically said that it probably was not a mountain lion. I was told later that if they had confirmed it that area where the lion was spotted would have to be posted as a no trespassing area. The lion is endangered and the public most not encroach in they areas where they live. Not sure if that is true or not.

Fish and game always denies their existence...and I don’t know why.

Slickcraft 07-27-2018 06:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Hillcountry (Post 298847)
Fish and game always denies their existence...and I don’t know why.

There certainly is a lot of claimed sightings by folk that are clear on what they saw.

I think that the basic F&G issue is a lack of hard evidence. Scat from which DNA could be extracted, clear tracks or clear photos.

KPW 07-27-2018 08:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Slickcraft (Post 298854)
There certainly is a lot of claimed sightings by folk that are clear on what they saw.

I think that the basic F&G issue is a lack of hard evidence. Scat from which DNA could be extracted, clear tracks or clear photos.

They are cats. They hide themselves well.

barefootbay 07-27-2018 08:21 PM

How many people on this post have a good clear picture ? You would think with all the cell phones out there some one could produce some good evidence .

Barney Bear 07-27-2018 08:59 PM

Honk, Honk
 
Toot your horn to scare the scat out of them.

Hillcountry 07-27-2018 09:57 PM

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Originally Posted by barefootbay (Post 298857)
How many people on this post have a good clear picture ? You would think with all the cell phones out there some one could produce some good evidence .

I’m thinking most sightings are fleeting...mine was.

barefootbay 07-28-2018 11:23 AM

Like UFOS. lol

noreast 07-28-2018 11:28 AM

There have been many pictures but they can't be considered real evidence unless you can verify exact spot where taken, proven not to be tampered with or other factors. I've seen at least 10 bobcats and have never come close to being able to get a picture of one.

kauriel 08-01-2018 09:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Jilliebean28 (Post 298677)
I was driving on Moultonborough Neck Rd about 7:15pm last Thursday night when a mountain lion ran across the road in front of me! It was a big cat with a very long tail. Went right home and looked up pictures of mountain lions to be sure that was what i saw.

A friend saw a mountain lion or something very similar a couple of weeks ago in Gilford. She said the same thing - it was a very big cat and the tail was too long for a bobcat. They can cover a lot of ground so it's possible you both saw same one.

Hillcountry 08-01-2018 09:49 PM

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Originally Posted by kauriel (Post 299267)
A friend saw a mountain lion or something very similar a couple of weeks ago in Gilford. She said the same thing - it was a very big cat and the tail was too long for a bobcat. They can cover a lot of ground so it's possible you both saw same one.

There is really nothing in North America that even comes close to being “similar” to a MOUNTAIN LION/COUGAR/PANTHER/CATAMOUNT...she either saw one or not.

kawishiwi 08-01-2018 10:30 PM

Around here, yes.
 
But there are Jaguars in N. America. One filmed in Arizona a couple years ago was recently found dead I believe.

Hillcountry 08-02-2018 10:23 AM

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Originally Posted by kawishiwi (Post 299293)
But there are Jaguars in N. America. One filmed in Arizona a couple years ago was recently found dead I believe.

Yes I have read that somewhere too...may be encroaching from Central America...

kauriel 08-02-2018 11:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Hillcountry (Post 299291)
There is really nothing in North America that even comes close to being “similar” to a MOUNTAIN LION/COUGAR/PANTHER/CATAMOUNT...she either saw one or not.

She said it appeared to be a mountain lion but it didn't stick around long enough for her to get a picture to be able to confirm height, length of tail, etc. Given they aren't confirmed to be in the area there's a greater chance it was mistaken identity but she said same thing as above poster - it was a very large cat with long tail.

SAB1 08-04-2018 09:45 AM

With all the deer cams out there that hunters have scattered thru the woods it's hard believe there aren't pictures somewhere if they exist.

Woody38 08-04-2018 10:49 AM

Aren't there jaguars in Florida.

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Barney Bear 08-04-2018 11:59 AM

Here, Kitty, Kitty
 
A breed of panthers inhabits sunny Florida.

Hillcountry 08-04-2018 12:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Woody38 (Post 299410)
Aren't there jaguars in Florida.

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Yes...but they play football in Jacksonville...

Woody38 08-04-2018 03:44 PM

BB you are correct and I knew that. Heat and old age are a bad combination.

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ApS 08-04-2018 08:39 PM

Males Looking for New Territory...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by pressman247 (Post 263274)
Was driving across Rt. 25 day before yesterday in the no-mans land between Moultonborough and Tamworth and believe I saw a young mountain lion. I initially thought it was a Canadian Lynx, as it was too big to be a bobcat, but I got a good look at the tail as it headed into the woods and it was much too long to be a bobcat or a lynx. It was much too big to be a house cat. Has anyone else seen any mountain lions in our neck of the woods?

This OP's post is from June 2016. The quote below was written two months later and just east of the OP's sighting:

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Toni
August 23, 2016 (4:34 pm) .

We took the “scenic” route home from the grocery store yesterday, 8/23/16 at approx 4:00pm thru the hills of Ossipee and Wolfeboro NH. It was a bright clear day as we drove along Stoddard Road when we spotted something walking along the side of the road. It was brownish and walking directly away from us. It had a long tail hanging down. At the same time I said “Look” it turned to the right to get off the road and we could see the long body, smallish head and rounded ears and long legs. He seemed not to be in any hurry.

We turned and looked at each other and both said “Mountain Lion” at the same time. This one looked like it might have been younger judging by it’s weight. It appeared to be around 80 – 95 lbs. and looked a little thin. Of course we were excited and didn’t even think of turning on a camera and it was gone within about 10 seconds.
https://ctmountainlion.org/community...vtnh-welcomed/
I was on the same road Sunday, scanning for birdlife with two parties of very knowledgeable birders. The area is thinly populated with humans, so cat sightings would be expected to be scarce.

The sighting of a Bobcat on Wolfeboro Neck might explain my own sighting of a strangely-colored baby bear running away from me. :o

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baygo 08-07-2018 09:31 PM

Think I saw one
 
I watched a very large cat with a long tail catch a rodent on my golf course today. I was 87yds away with my sand wedge in hand while eyeing up a shot to the hole which was 5yds left of the cat. Moments after I noticed the cat, it noticed me. The cat just sat there staring at me with the rodent in its mouth.

I hit my golf shot and lost sight of the cat as I walked down the decline from the tee. I regained sight of the cat as I climbed the incline to the green when about 50yds from the cat. The cat sighted me and bolted into a small nearby cluster of vegetation. I would estimate the cat to be about 45 or 50lbs.

I finished playing the hole and then spoke in the direction of the cluster. "Welcome, you've found a great place. There is a lot of easy pray here. Help me out and get rid of the moles"

kauriel 08-07-2018 10:21 PM

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Originally Posted by baygo (Post 299643)
I watched a very large cat with a long tail catch a rodent on my golf course today. I was 87yds away with my sand wedge in hand while eyeing up a shot to the hole which was 5yds left of the cat. Moments after I noticed the cat, it noticed me. The cat just sat there staring at me with the rodent in its mouth.

I hit my golf shot and lost sight of the cat as I walked down the decline from the tee. I regained sight of the cat as I climbed the incline to the green when about 50yds from the cat. The cat sighted me and bolted into a small nearby cluster of vegetation. I would estimate the cat to be about 45 or 50lbs.

I finished playing the hole and then spoke in the direction of the cluster. "Welcome, you've found a great place. There is a lot of easy pray here. Help me out and get rid of the moles"

You should setup some game cameras around your property if you haven't already. They work great in open areas.

Hillcountry 08-07-2018 10:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by baygo (Post 299643)
I watched a very large cat with a long tail catch a rodent on my golf course today. I was 87yds away with my sand wedge in hand while eyeing up a shot to the hole which was 5yds left of the cat. Moments after I noticed the cat, it noticed me. The cat just sat there staring at me with the rodent in its mouth.

I hit my golf shot and lost sight of the cat as I walked down the decline from the tee. I regained sight of the cat as I climbed the incline to the green when about 50yds from the cat. The cat sighted me and bolted into a small nearby cluster of vegetation. I would estimate the cat to be about 45 or 50lbs.

I finished playing the hole and then spoke in the direction of the cluster. "Welcome, you've found a great place. There is a lot of easy pray here. Help me out and get rid of the moles"

And the color of the cat was? No house kitty gets that big...even the biggest of them...

baygo 08-10-2018 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Hillcountry (Post 299646)
And the color of the cat was? No house kitty gets that big...even the biggest of them...

I would say dark blonde or lite brown.

Grant 08-15-2018 03:46 PM

Check out this blog:

https://nhmountainlion.wordpress.com

Some interesting sighting posts, along with photos that are either questionable or debunked.

I remember reading that some scat found in the Ossipees some years ago tested positive as coming from a mountain lion, but the F&G shrugged it off as an escaped "pet" or something similar. But I ask, who keeps a puma as a pet?

Like with the one that was struck by a car in CT a few years ago, it's just a matter of time before someone either gets a good photograph, finds a dead one, or strikes one with a vehicle. I'm convinced they are out there. Would love to see the one spotted crossing Moultonborough Neck Road (assuming it was one)...

Hillcountry 09-02-2018 12:41 PM

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Probably a bobcat...but leaves something to the imagination. I wish it would have showed it's tail.

noreast 09-02-2018 02:45 PM

Looks pretty good size, how far is the camera from the cat there?

Hillcountry 09-02-2018 03:05 PM

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Originally Posted by noreast (Post 301290)
Looks pretty good size, I far is the camera from the cat there?

Not far...6-8’ maybe.


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