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  posted on 2/9/2010 at 09:54 PM
From the Miami Herald:

A month after frigid temperatures killed reptiles all over South
Florida, veterinarians are still treating dogs that may have
contracted botulism by gnawing iguana carcasses. The result:
paralysis so severe that a few had to be euthanized.

Like other cold-blooded creatures, thousands of iguanas froze to
death during the freeze. Some dogs mistaking them for chew toys have
shown classic symptoms of a disease so rare...
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking-news/story/1464427.html

 
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  posted on 2/9/2010 at 10:11 PM
Iguanas should always first be barbequed.

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  posted on 2/9/2010 at 10:26 PM
I hope some of those Burmese Pythons taking over the Everglades froze.

 

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  posted on 2/9/2010 at 11:20 PM
Charlie, I got an email today with a series of pics from Corning, NY.

THREE cougars/mountain lions in a guy's driveway, beside his truck, shot in January.

That's about 90 miles from me.

Forget dead lizards, I'm more concerned with live kitties.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2010 at 08:11 AM
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Charlie, I got an email today with a series of pics from Corning, NY.

THREE cougars/mountain lions in a guy's driveway, beside his truck, shot in January.

That's about 90 miles from me.

Forget dead lizards, I'm more concerned with live kitties.


Any way you could post those photos, Ron? Would love to see them. There recently was a story on the local news about a gal who claims she's seen a mountain lion in her back yard on a couple of occasions. She lives in St. Lawrence county and a DEC official was interviewed and stated that they receive several reports of sightings each year but never get hard evidence that they're here. Adirondack Life magazine had a story a couple years ago about the many sightings in the Adirondack Park. Interesting stuff.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2010 at 08:33 AM
Mountain lions are all over MN now. They've been up north for years and a few have been spotted in the river valley between Mpls and St. paul this winter. The thought is that they follow the river as it's largely wooded and full of deer.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2010 at 08:38 AM
Iguanas aren't native to south Florida. They were pets turned loose who florished.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2010 at 08:51 AM
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Charlie, I got an email today with a series of pics from Corning, NY.

THREE cougars/mountain lions in a guy's driveway, beside his truck, shot in January.

That's about 90 miles from me.

Forget dead lizards, I'm more concerned with live kitties.


I too have seen the same email and while I agree that these cats are probably in NY (I live and work in the Stueben/Allegany/Livinston county area) my boss has a close friend that works at the DEC. He sent him the email and they pointed out that the license plate on one of the vehicles is a Colorado plate. If you zoom in on it i think I agree. The NY and CO license plates are both blue and white - NY has a blue strip at the top and the CO plates are similar but the blue at the top is not a straight line - it depicts a mountain scene...take a look and see if you agree?

Like I said I think they are here too but not in this picture.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2010 at 12:38 PM
...and how about the damn pythons? Irresponsible 'pet' owners...these types of animals should be banned from private ownership.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2010 at 01:13 PM
I have seen cougars in the mountains of west Virginia and Maryland . Biologists claim they went extinct but
I think they just couldn't find them. Cougars are reclusive and have been in the higher valleys and mountains
of the east all along. With the deer population so heavy a come back by the eastern cougar is possible.

I used to work for the Water department and we had to go up into the mountains to
check on feeder springs from time to time. Bobcats , deer, and turkey were common
but we saw cougar a few times.

One was seen a few years ago near DC at Wolftrap Park. And Coyotes are in Rock Creek Park in the City of DC.
The DC cougar was dismissed as a pet release, but I am not so sure.

The Coyotes became news when they tried to eat someones toy poodle (that was illegally off
leash in the park)

The abundance of deer is providing opportunities for predatory species to expand.

[Edited on 2/10/2010 by spacemonkey]

 

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  posted on 2/10/2010 at 01:41 PM
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Wow. I've seen coyotes up by me, but never, anywhere in NYS, have I seen a cougar. Black bear up near the 'Dacks, but not cougar. I guess it's possible...they'll go wherever the food is located.




I saw the hind end of one walk into the woods behind our house while I was mowing the fields one year.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2010 at 03:02 PM
An individual I'm very familiar with raised and kept in captivity two wolf pups that he found while hunting. He had to obtain a special permit from the DEC. I saw these animals on a couple of occasions as a boy whenever I visited their house. He had several coon hounds as well a dogs for hunting coyote. The two wolfs towered over the blue tick and red tick hounds he had on his property at the time. They were huge, but also very shy.
 

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  posted on 2/10/2010 at 03:42 PM
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...and how about the damn pythons? Irresponsible 'pet' owners...these types of animals should be banned from private ownership.


Too much government intervention

 

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  posted on 2/10/2010 at 05:07 PM
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I hope some of those Burmese Pythons taking over the Everglades froze.



absolutely a major problem in our back yard, wait to they start heading east!!

 

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  posted on 2/10/2010 at 05:27 PM
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I have seen cougars in the mountains of west Virginia and Maryland .
There's a cougar that hangs around my home here in Middle Earth.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2010 at 06:20 PM
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...and how about the damn pythons? Irresponsible 'pet' owners...these types of animals should be banned from private ownership.


I agree. Sometimes people here step out their front door to be greeted by a python. The Burmese pythons are the worst and have multiplied in the Everglades, destroying the native birds nesting areas.

 

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  posted on 2/11/2010 at 04:58 AM
Spot the Cougar





 

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  posted on 2/11/2010 at 12:43 PM
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but dead animals on the side of the road are common and much more appealing to him than they are to me.
Two dog motto's.

The deader the better.
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  posted on 2/11/2010 at 12:52 PM
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Spot the Cougar




I see it, I see it....I used to love these type of games as a kid, what was the magazine...Highlights or something? My dentist had those and this game was the highlight of going to the dentist for me.

 

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  posted on 2/11/2010 at 02:37 PM
Biologists believe that half the Burmese pythons in the Everglades have died as a result of the cold spell!
Good news. Now give us more cold weather to kill off the ones left.

 

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