It seems that big cat populations have been going up all over the country. Most of the big cats are also night runners and you wont see much of them in the daylight hours. We got panthers around here.. people report sightings now and then to the game and fish dept. Of course like any good government agency they deny there are any around here just like they denied any bear in the state and when a fella shot and killed one of those big black figments of his imagination they wanted to put him in jail :roll:
What is it about State Game agencies that makes them hard headed.
We had been spotting Coydogs and Coyotes in Delaware for years, but the State refused to budge on the position that there were no Coyotes in Delaware. There were even pictures printed in the paper of Coyotes running along the Beach in one of our State Parks, and the game commission said it was stray dogs.
Finally a farmer shot one that was killing his fowl, took it to the State DNRec office in the capital and dropped it on their front desk, suddenly they had a ton of press releases about Coyotes in Delaware.
They did the same thing with Bobcat, denied for years there were any left, but I had heard them and seen their tracks first hand in a tract of State land just south of here. One jumped out of a tree onto a Turkey hunter a few years ago, tore the guy up pretty bad before he managed to shoot it, all of a sudden we magically had a breeding population of Bobcat.
Pennsylvania is denying that there are Cougars in Schuylkill County, yet my Dad has a picture of one crossing a field behind his house. The game commission says "We don't know what it is, but it can't be a cougar, we don't have them around here."