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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-03-2005, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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AAHHH!! WE HAVE PANTHERS BY US!!!!! AHHH!

My dad told me yesterday that here in St. Clair we have panthers. I think Panthers are mean. They can kill. Now another animal to be scared of. Ugh!

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don't bother them, they won't bother you.

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no animal is mean by nature. they're more afraid of you than you are of them. the only reason they would be in your area is if someone owned them as a pet (panthers are normally found in south america) animals only attack when they feel threatened or they are hunting. there's no reason to be afraid of them. i just really hate when people automatically fear an animal for no reason. you should definately RESPECT big cats, and even small cats, but there's no reason to fear them. you know, your cute little kitten is related to the panther, as well as lions, cougars (which we have plenty of up here) and all other big cats. they're just domesticated and bred to stay small.
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unless by "panthers" she meant cougars (i think they go by a name with panther in it in some places, which i can't remember atm)

Catlover, dont worry about them. They won't bother you unless possibly you are out in the woods by yourself, which I don't think you would be, and even then the chances of being attacked are SO slim you don't need to even think about it. My ex-boyfriend lived in a house in the rocky mountains, and their backyard ended in forest, which was inhabited by cougars. Once in a while, they'd hear stories of someone's dog going missing or getting killed, but he never ever saw one

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I wouldn't be concerned. There have been many cougar sightings where I live, with no problems whatsoever.
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in my area, there have been cougars found in peoples back yards up a tree. i haven't heard of any attacks though. the cougars would sooner run away from you than attack. they're not used to people, and more often than not, the only people they have ever seen are hunters trying to shoot them, so they're perfectly content to stay as far away from you as possible. the only way anything could happen is if you stumbled upon one and surprised it, or cornered it and it was frightened.
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post #7 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-03-2005, 07:31 PM
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Yeah...we have a TON of black bears around, and the only time I worry is when I'm berrying in the edge of the woods, so I wear a bell and sing. I am more afraid of the dogs the guy down the road owns than I am of bears and coyotes (I'm a little more careful in respect to Fisher cats, though, as they're rather more unpredictable). My biggest danger is probably getting charged by a bull moose or jumped by that guy's miserable, neglected dogs, if you want to know the truth. I once lived in an area with several packs of wild dogs, and THAT scared me enough to always have a gun when I was in deep woods. I'll take coyotes and wildcats over wild dogs any day!
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pretty much any animal is *most* likely to attack if you surprise them. when your out in the woods, you should always make noise, sing, wear bells, talk outloud, etc. it gives them enough warning that they know to get out of the way
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post #9 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-03-2005, 07:46 PM
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Perhaps, but there are times when it does not behoove one to be noisy in the woods, especially if you're doing something like counting deer in a clearing (we, along with our neighbors, keep a close eye on wildlife population and forest management to make sure that our woods stay healthy and well-balanced...and that occasionally requires skulking around acting treelike).
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post #10 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-03-2005, 07:48 PM
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Mountain Lions are making a comeback in this state. The numbers seem to be going up because there have been a lot more sightings than normal in the last couple of years. However, I wouldn't worry too much in St. Clair County... or any county for the matter. The chances of you seeing one is highly unlikely.
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