Monday, June 13, 2011

Big cat

Funny, I was just talking to someone about how wild predators were being sighted in residential neighborhoods more often as developments encroach on their natural habitats. We were discussing whether or not the alleged sightings of mountain lions in New England were reality or myth. The next day, I saw this report of a confirmed mountain lion sighting in Greenwich, CT. Which would make sense since it's a wealthy community where a lot of the natural habitat has been preserved for its beauty and to afford the rich folks their privacy.

I worry a bit about kids and pets possibly being attacked, but I'm glad to see the big cats are making a comeback. Nice to see the wild things winning once in a while. [Photo via National Geographic.]


At 11:41 AM , Anonymous Yabu said...

It absolutely has nothing to do with a wealthy community or rich folks. I agree, kids and pets are for the taking, but the only way you can prevent the spur of the moment, is to get a gun. If my child or pet was being attacked by a cougar, and I was there, I'd have to shoot it...well, there is no other choice. What would you do?

The fact or the matter is, you would need a gun, unless you're good with a spear, which you probably won't have.

Just sayin".

At 7:36 AM , Blogger Libby Spencer said...

All I meant by the wealthy community is in that part of CT, only the wealthy towns have enough natural habitat to support wildlife of that size. The poor cities are all concrete. And yeah, if the cat was attacking my family, I'd shoot it. If I owned a gun and knew how to shoot. Who wouldn't.

In any event the poor thing is apparently dead. Read something later that said it was killed by a car trying to cross a highway. So I guess cars work as good as guns... ;~)

At 11:20 PM , Anonymous Yabu said...

I know what you mean, but you can't fire up your car and run it over before it mauls your kid. We (the world) have so many problems on so many different levels with so many issues it's just plain scary. Nobody can seem to agree on anything.

The sad thing, people and concrete are driving all wild animals into suburbia. Less than a mile from my house, in the last three weeks, a black bear was spotted...someone shot it, sad. A rabid fox was shot and killed down the street, it needed to be put down. My Doxie Stretch got into a fight with a huge possum, and then it came after me. I had to shoot it. I was going to take it in for rabies testing the next morning, but the buzzards picked it clean by dawn. Two nights ago, Stretch cornered a bobcat and that was touch and go for a while. I had no gun, and was about to get in the middle of it before it climbed a tree. The other day my neighbor called and asked if I saw the three deer in my backyard, I did.

I don't know what's going on, but I do know there are more "wild" animals around here than ever before. You know basically where I live...walking distance from Danny's. I am by no means a gun nut, but I'm telling's almost like I need to be armed to take Stretch out to do his business...and the Stretchengeti is fenced. Dachshunds were bred to hunt badgers, and it's still in his genes. He will go after anything. I feel obligated to protect him, but this is getting out of control.

Whatever, something to think about. Guns are not bad...some people are bad. I would acquire one while you can, learn how to load it, shoot it, and clean it. It's better to have one and not need it than need one and not have it. Sad, but that's a fact.

Have a good weekend.

At 8:59 PM , Blogger rockync said...

Years ago when Adam was small we were driving the back roads back to Canaan from Torrington and a mountain lion crossed the road in front of us. I was much younger then and my eyesight was pretty good and it was a mountain lion. I thought it might be an escaped pet but with these other sightings, maybe not. Maybe they've been there all along, hiding out and living their lives - until man encroached enough to drive them into the open.

At 10:04 PM , Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Yeah Yabu, wildlife sightings getting more common in the city. Bears trundling around the city I used to live in up north all the time. Sightings within blocks of downtown. Of course is surrounded by thousands of acres of farmland on one side and lots of woods on the other. Wildest thing I saw living in actual downtown was a skunk.

IIRC, you're a near a golf course so that might explain why you see so much of it. But still, it's urban enough to be surprising.

Rocky, I don't doubt you saw a mountain lion. I used to hear stories a lot when I lived on the farm of sightings even though they're supposed to be extinct there. Never saw one myself. Didn't even see a bear in all those years and EVERYBODY in town had a bear story. But we did have a fox that was pretty friendly that used to visit the yard. And the annual visit from the pheasant family. And the really old completely silver skunk was a regular at the outdoor cat feeder.


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