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    Default Picture of Mountain Lion Near Big Bald?

    This picture was taken in the Wolf Laurel area. Wolf Laurel is a mountain community, which is walking distance from Big Bald (mile 325 NOBO). Below is a partial of the text that accompanied the Facebook post.

    "Wolf Laurel Community....this is not to frighten you but rather to give you a heads up that the mountain lion is back in the neighborhood in and around El Miner and the ski lodge. He has been picked up on my camera three times within the last couple of weeks, was seen by my neighbor and a baby deer was killed this morning on the road near the ski lodge. I have no small animals left in or around my yard including chipmunks, squirrels or rabbits...all gone. This one appears to be young as he still has some markings on his tail and legs which means there could be more than one in the area."

    There is some argument within the Wolf Laurel community as to whether this is really a mountain lion or a domestic cat. Whatever the case may be, apparently there are some small animals disappearing, which indicates something is out there.

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    Looks like a house cat to me. No scale objects to say otherwise. Here fluffy!

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    Yeah....

    without scale---this is just fear mongering....

    my guess is that a coyote---which is more common---is why other animals are disappearing...

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    tail is too short for mountain lion.

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    House cat. Doesn’t look even vaguely like a mountain lion.

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    Ears are pointy. Head carriage is too high. As mentiond, tail is much too short. Better study up on these felines. They even have their own distinctive vocals. Long live Travis Kaufman!!!
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    Meow!.................
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    Haha. A meow of sorts can be. heard in their howl.
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    LOL...textbook tabby cat. The scourge of Wolf Laurel

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    Most likely a regular cat or at most a small bobcat. My guess is a regular cat. What's more interesting is what's that reflection (light?) in the background?
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    Now if we could teach that Cat to get rid of those pesky shelter mice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christoph View Post
    Most likely a regular cat or at most a small bobcat. My guess is a regular cat. What's more interesting is what's that reflection (light?) in the background?
    Definitely not a bobcat, the tail is too long. House cat.

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    House cat.....lol.

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    Man, everyone is ruining all the fun here...this is how urban legends get started such as the Lizard Man in SC, the Hodag in WI or the Chupacabra.

    It looks to me like it's about 7' tall with a cat body and wolf head
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    Well now I'm wondering if I should burst the Facebook poster's bubble and let her know what a bunch of experienced hikers think.

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    The ground clutter is a good indication of size but even without that it is obviously a house cat. Tail is too long for a Bobcat, too short for a Mountain Lion and the ears are wrong for either of those. Pictures of the dead doe would have filled in some blanks. The state of the carcass could tell if it was taken by disease, a poacher, an automobile, dogs, coyotes, bear.........Sasquatch. Whatever it was, the kitty in that photo didn't take down the doe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ldsailor View Post
    Well now I'm wondering if I should burst the Facebook poster's bubble and let her know what a bunch of experienced hikers think.


    I read through the original FB post and trust me, even the layman has burst her bubble...

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zlht31L3ERQ
    This is a great video of some mountain lions in Colorado -

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeartFire View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zlht31L3ERQ
    This is a great video of some mountain lions in Colorado -
    Yikes! If I lived there, I wouldn't be out on that beautiful deck without some kind of protection. The cats had to see the man filming, which makes me wonder if they have no fear of man.
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    They seem like they were enjoying themselves, and were well behaved guests. Young, i assume.
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