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Are they really around? I tend to believe they are. Anyone here claim to see one?
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Think about Penn State, the school mascot was chosen because of the amount of lions residing on Mt. Nittany. Im positive there are.
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A friend of mine on the PA side of the WNY/PA border had one in her neighborhood that was sighted regularly. She started walking in the middle of the road instead of the side.
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I'm not sure what you mean by mountain lion. The term mountain lion, panther, puma...they all seem to be interchangeable but I'm sure a biologist would disagree.

Either way, I saw a panther in WV when I was a kid. It was in a big mountain laurel patch along the Cheat river, right outside of Rowlesburg. That sucker was big, quiet and fast.

I was backpacking and must have stumbled into his den. There was a little clearing there and the place smelled like amonia and was littered with bones. As I looked toward the river I saw it running along the bank. By the time I called out to the rest of the Boyscouts it was gone. It appeared to be black, but that could have been a trick of the shadows.

People say they don't exist here. I know otherwise. Very few people outside of a few old timers (who refered to them as "painters") ever believed me.
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A friend of mine works for the Pa. Fish Comm. He spends a lot of time in the woods hunting and trapping. He said he saw on in north central Pa. a few years back. I have a camp there, havent seen one yet. I keep looking ! A few people in that area claim they are there. Sure hope so!
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Yes its true, I have family on the western side, they have pictures from the sheep pasture, positively a mountain lion, a big one (2009), we are talking golden panther size. Not a little California cougar. Game commission told them they did not release it, and called them liars until they showed them evidence, they still deny a release ,Farmers in his area were all raising Cain. Explanation was with deer population exploding they may be making a comeback.
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One mile south of the western NY border in Pa, 4 months ago, I saw an adult and 2 cubs.
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The PA Game and Wildlife Commision deny the presence of Lions in PA despite multiple sightings. A good friend of mine who lives in the eastern part of the state watched one walk along a road while being passed by a a school bus of all things, the driver and the kids on board saw it as well. This was last year. They're there but the authorities refuse to offically admit that fact.

Same here in Texas, this was taken by a game camera just south of where I live two years ago:



Kinda looks like a Lion to me......
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Back in the late 60's, early 70's we would hear them all the time (south central PA area - Franklin County within spittin' distance of the MD line) - sounded like a woman screaming. Many a time Mom would let the laundry sit on the line until the next day because she was afraid of going way out to the laundry line in the dark.

Two years ago a woman in my car pool saw a black one crossing the road DURING THE DAY, this was also in northern Franklin County.

DNR says they don't exist in this area, but I'm pretty sure a DNR presence is what's actually "missing" around here!
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they say we don't have them in ohio either , but i have heard them , and seen pics from game cameras

also about the dept of wildlife , they will lie about the existence of animals to try and protect them . there is a nesting pair of bald eagles in the area outside of a town not far from here . The fish and game denied it and denied till someone took a picture and the news paper ran it on the front page . That's when they changed the story, and said they had to try to protect the birds from poachers
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I'm in Wayne County. 9 miles from the NY border. I've found tracks on two occasions. 90% sure I met up with one at night a couple years ago. We have neighbors who saw one in broad daylight a few times as well. Also heard of one down by the Dallas PA area. They are most definitely here.
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I live in north western PA and have seen the pictures of them locally. We definately have coyotes and wolves (seen 'em both).
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I've heard of them being seen here and there, but it's usually a friend of a friend of a friend who saw it. They do wonder into neighborhoods every once and a while and then they make the news.
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They're in Vermont and New Hampshire too.
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Yes its true, I have family on the western side, they have pictures from the sheep pasture, positively a mountain lion, a big one (2009), we are talking golden panther size. Not a little California cougar. Game commission told them they did not release it, and called them liars until they showed them evidence, they still deny a release ,Farmers in his area were all raising Cain. Explanation was with deer population exploding they may be making a comeback.
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I live in north western PA and have seen the pictures of them locally. We definately have coyotes and wolves (seen 'em both).
I've heard more coyotes this past year than in my entire life up till then. My son likes to stand on the back deck and see if they will answer him if he howls. A few times they did. I've seen more bears and foxes in the past few years. A friend took pictures of a bobcat eating roadkill by the main road less than one mile from my house and a year ago a township employee hit one with his truck.
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[QUOTE=Flinter;5230368]I'm not sure what you mean by mountain lion. The term mountain lion, panther, puma...they all seem to be interchangeable but I'm sure a biologist would disagree./QUOTE]

It all means the same thing, just depends on area of the country. I also know we have them in WNY. I've seen two in the last 5 years. I am just north of the PA border, so if we have them, PA has them.

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Wife says she's seen em a couple times in the last few years. Fish & Game says no.
But people still swear they're are around. Meh.
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Two years ago I was deer hunting on my mountain place in VA. Mid morning I crossed a set of clear tracks in about 1" of snow and said to myself, "wow, that's either a VERY big bobcat or a small lion". Several hours later, the same day, higher on the mountain, I came across another set of blurred (scufffed up) tracks that I first thought was likely a bear, not plentiful on my farm but not uncommon either. I followed the tracks a short distance and when I found a clear track, there was no doubt. A very big lion track. Just guessing but I'm thinking of the possibility of a small female and a large male but I don't really know their habits that well.

About 20 years ago I heard one screaming (just an assumption it was a lion) when I was on the porch of my old log house, several hundred yards up the side of a hill. I had heard the description of it sounding like a woman's scream and I actually thought a woman was being attacked on my mountain. I grabbed my pistol and whatever it was continued screaming as I got closer. I started calling saying hang on I'm coming. I got within about 200 feet of where the screams were coming from and they abruptly stopped. I milled around the area for a bit but saw nothing unusual and obviously found nothing to indicate any violence. Hindsight tells me it was likely a lion. I've heard bobcats during mating season (out west) and this was nothing like it.

The game dept. officially says, no mtn lions in VA but they admit there have been quite a number of 'unconfirmed' sightings. Strangely enough, even though there are officially no lions, shooting one is illegal.

A mountain lion is one of the three (I think) large American mammals I have not seen in the wild. Sure would be a thrill to actually see one. The other 2 unseen wild ones are polar bear and wolverine.
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You people are crazy! Mountain lions in PA? Pictures? First hand sightings? This is not proof! The PA game commission says NO MOUNTAIN LIONS! They can't possibly be wrong! Lol ok sarcasm over. I have never seen one personally, have seen bobcats, coyotes, bears, and whatnot but no mountain lions. I have heard countless stories of others seeing them and I truly believe we have them. We now have feral pigs that the PAGC actually confirms and wants eradicated.
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