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Offline MeepDog

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Found a dead cougar
« on: September 11, 2021, 08:11:58 PM »
Found a dead cougar in the blues today while hunting black bears. I glassed it up on a hillside and couldn't tell what it was because the white patch was too big to be any deer/elk. It's pretty old and rotten, possibly winter kill? It looks like a juvenile and about the size of my Labrador. Not much sign of bears/coyotes eating it since the skin is still intact.
I run trail cams in the area and the only cats I've seen were full on adults. It's complete speculation, but it might have died from starvation, disease or a territorial dispute.  :dunno:

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Re: Found a dead cougar
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2021, 08:41:38 PM »
One less deer and elk eater in my old stomping grounds :tup:

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Re: Found a dead cougar
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2021, 09:20:40 PM »
Bad sign for sportsmen if the lions can’t even find enough game to eat

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Re: Found a dead cougar
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2021, 09:22:47 PM »
Juvenile ran off kills by wolves during winter. Spring death

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Re: Found a dead cougar
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2021, 11:17:51 PM »
Picture post attempt #10

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Re: Found a dead cougar
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2021, 11:21:18 PM »
Perfect picture

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Re: Found a dead cougar
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2021, 07:43:54 AM »
Did you autopsy the carcass?  Suspect you would have found a canine puncture in the skull from an adult male cougar.  They kill younger cats in their territory.

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Re: Found a dead cougar
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2021, 08:26:13 AM »
Cool find but posting it on here if those cougar loving bios see it they may count it against the quota for this year...Plenty of cats down there for sure..

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Re: Found a dead cougar
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2021, 08:48:02 AM »
Cool find but posting it on here if those cougar loving bios see it they may count it against the quota for this year...Plenty of cats down there for sure..

Hahaha I can see it now. “Blues mountain cougars are starving to death, end lion hunting now!”

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Re: Found a dead cougar
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2021, 09:18:49 AM »
As hot as it's been I'll bet that cougar is only a month old. And probably was killed by another cougar like was mentioned. If wolves killed it they would have eaten it. Wolves never waste anything...

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Re: Found a dead cougar
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2021, 09:30:25 AM »
As hot as it's been I'll bet that cougar is only a month old. And probably was killed by another cougar like was mentioned. If wolves killed it they would have eaten it. Wolves never waste anything...
  :chuckle: I see what you did there.
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Re: Found a dead cougar
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2021, 10:33:26 AM »
PM sent Meepdog

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Re: Found a dead cougar
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2021, 10:06:49 AM »
May have been shot and never found.

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Re: Found a dead cougar
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2021, 08:10:42 AM »
looks like a SSS deal where someone forgot to shovel. 


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Re: Found a dead cougar
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2021, 11:32:50 AM »
That looks a lot more recent then last winter. Probably shot and left

 


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