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"Here, kitty, kitty, kitty...."

Posted Sep 11 2009 2:12pm
We have an abundance of wildlife in this area. I've always been glad that we live here for that reason. The Game Commission is supposed to have trapped a 600 pound bear from a populated area and relocated it here in the boonies, releasing it behind the Scandia Fire Department. We have coyotes and regularly hear them singing down in the woods. We have deer, of course, and a myriad of other birds, including bald eagles, and small mammals too numerous to count running about. The majority of the rattlesnake population is on the other side of the reservoir (which explains why I'm happy on my side of the reservoir). As far as cats, well, we have our bobcats, although I have never seen one in the wild.
One animal that has long been the stuff of local legend is the mountain lion.
The Game Commission denies their existance in our area. Through the years, however, there've been the irregular sightings of them. My own aunt, coming out of her second shift night job with a group of other ladies was astonished to see a cougar race across the parking lot, bound on the hood of a car, leap up a bank and disappear into the woods. She's certain of what she saw in the glow of the lights that night probably 35 years ago. So, like I said, on and off, you've got the sporatic reports of cougar sightings, which the Game Commission is always quick to pooh-pooh, claiming that a bobcat has been misidentified. Me, I don't know. Never saw one, myself, and I tend to be one of those 'believe-it-when-I-see-it' types, but I know that my auntie is a straight-on kind of person, not given to flights of fancy, so I've never quite been able to say with all certainty that the Game Commission knows whereof it speaks. As my auntie will tell you, there is quite a size difference between a cougar and a bob cat. She'll also tell you that what streaked across the parking lot that night had a long tail.
Tim went to his mother's 80th birthday party yesterday. There were a lot of people there who make their living in the woods, and some of them were claiming to have seen cougars in the thick forests of Cherry Grove, seen them with their own eyes. I know what the Game Commission will say, but some of these people are pretty straight-on kinds, not given to flights of fancy.
I'm not quite sure what to make of this.
These forests are thick in some areas, and the mountains rugged. There are places where the roads don't go. Who can say, with any certainty, what has taken up residence in these secret places?
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