Has anyone noticed a drop in the population of any species around there? Or do you think these cats are pretty much surviving on whatever they can find?
Rabbits...maybe. On certain mornings I spot a hip hop or two every few yards while driving down the chert road leading from my house. But I haven't noticed any population drop.
Ducks? A neighbor's pond for three seasons had four resident mallards and now the pond has none.
Beagles? Daisy our sweet beagle who was found wandering around the streets of Birmingham thought she had died and gone to heaven when goodhearted Dan brought her to Remlap, and of course, as it turned out, she had done just that.
Daisy being beagle loved to run the woods and chase anything that would run. One day Daisy came home with her skin hanging from her body which required a hundred stitches and one thousand dollars to put Daisy back together again. Damn coyotes ( we thought). But after a short recuperation Daisy was back in the woods and chasing things again.
Then one day while sitting at the computer I heard her howl her last howl -- a strange howl; really a scream more than a howl -- and that is the last we ever heard or saw of sweet little Daisy. Damn coyotes? Maybe not.
But to answer your question without rambling, Mark Bauer, I don't really know.
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Post by flamingo1813 on Jan 4, 2008 3:10:49 GMT -5
I was extremely interested in this account of a cougar sighting in Franklin County, Alabama. On Nov. 19 my daughter was coming home from college and passed within 10 miles of the location you describe your friends seeing their cougar. She was just north of the Dismals Canyon in southern Franklin County on Hwy. 43/17 at dusk and saw a black cougar/panther carrying a dead dog. It was walking along the road slightly angling away from the road so she pulled her car off and shone her headlights on it. She called me and was telling me what she saw. I questioned her specifically about the size and color and she stated it was black, very large, and carrying a large dead dog. My father knows a man who has land in western Colbert County, which is just north of your friends' place. The man was starting his chainsaw to clear up a brush pile and startled a pair of panthers out of the brush pile (several years ago). I am so envious of my daughter seeing the panther, and so very excited to hear of other sightings in the same area.
Good report Mingo, I have forwarded it to the Lacefields for their perusal and comments. Ever think about getting your observant daughter one of those little telephones that take pictures?
Here in Remlap December was jumping.
In a two week span just before Christmas a cougar was seen respectively by...
1) My youngest son Dan. (who saw a cougar near my house walking along a newly fallen tree.)
2) My daughter-in-law (Who saw a cougar near Dan's house walking along with a black house cat)
3) My daughter-in-law's mother-in-law. (who was loading her car at Dan's house when a big blur of a big cat raced by and scrapped her leg and then disappeared into the woods.)
4) My mother-in-law (Who saw it at close range (15 yards?) apparently following (stalking ?) the same darn black house cat who was walking towards the criblette)
Sons Dan and David have baited the log and nearby spots with chickens and an infrared motion camera but so far the pictures have yielded no cougar albeit an assortment of less handsome creatures have had their pictures taken trying to free a nailed-to-a-tree chicken.
I'll keep you updated.
Actually, my daughter DOES have a camera phone. She was pretty freaked out about what she was seeing and only saw it for about 20 seconds while manuvering her car on a remote highway area in the dark, so she didn't think to use the camera phone. Bless her heart, she's NOT a fan of being in the dark alone in remote areas. I was amazed she pulled off to aim her lights at it. She's so afraid of the dark she won't take the trash out alone at night in our very suburban neighborhood. So she just didn't think to get a picture. But she's a pre-vet student who has worked 4 summers at Busch Gardens in Tampa, the last 2 with the vets, so she knows her big cats and knew what she was seeing. It just excites me to no end to hear about other sightings in the north Alabama area. People treat me like we are nuts for even thinking she saw a panther, but I have absolute faith that's what she saw.
" ...It just excites me to no end to hear about other sightings in the north Alabama area. People treat me like we are nuts for even thinking she saw a panther, but I have absolute faith that's what she saw."
Then stay tuned Flamingo. We nuts will have the last laugh. There are stealthy cat creatures stealing about in the Alabama woods and we here will expose them. Or... We will have to admit that mountain lions are smarter that we, or explain why a growing number of our fellow Alabamians have become liars.
Remember, when it comes to stealth, Ivory-billed woodpeckers are pikers.
This past weekend at the Guntersville Getaway I met a well traveled woman who reported seeing a mountain lion crossing a road in Morgan (no, make that Jackson County). I asked her for more details but she snapped at me jauntily and said, "Look buster, I watched a mountain lion cross a road.in Jackson County and I know what a mountain lion is; end of interview, end of discussion, have a nice day."
I firmly believe that this nice lady saw what she said she saw and I wouldn't dare tell her even if I didn't.
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