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Todd Burton sent this one in. It’s from Rockbridge County.
What a beauty!
With so many game cams out there, there’s little doubt we’ll get great, indisputable shots like this of wild mountain lions when they get to Virginia
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That looks more like a Bobcat with that bobbed tail!
THIS IS A MALE BOBCAT…
We know it’s a bobcat, guys. My point is that, if mountain lions were around Virginia, we’d be getting shots like this of the mountain lions.
My words with this photo are a bit confusing, I admit. I wrote that blurb assuming that readers had been following the previous post.
Kenny, I do wonder what makes you say it’s a male?
I have seen two mountain lions up close in VA One was in Nelson , and one
In highland. Both were unmistakeable with their long tails, almost as long as their body. Neither were seen recently. Hope they are still around.
I’m still with Mark on this one. I am not saying there’s never been an actual sighting of a lion in VA, but I am saying that I will not believe they are living here until it is proven, and I know that people see stuff that they don’t really see. Not talking to you specifically, Short coach, I have read many of your posts on RT blogs and find you to be smart and level headed, but with alllll the people who say they’ve seen them, we still have NO PROOF. None. Zero, zip, nada. An escapee from a pen somewhere, or even one passing through, I can concede the possibility, but if anyone wants to be believed on this issue, I suggest you come up with some proof that’ll pass muster. The high ground in Nelson includes the Blue Ridge Parkway and the AT. Lots of traffic, vehicular and foot. Park police, etc. No pictures, no scat, no spoor at all, no dead on the road, nothing. Sorry, as much as I would love to have it be true, I can’t buy it yet.
Well Big Foot is out there and we don’t have any pictures of him.
Actually, my friend Barry Arrington just posted a “Bigfoot” trailcam picture on Facebook. Maybe he’ll share.
Mountain lion spotted near Morning Star Elementary School
A mountain lion was reportedly seen in the field west of Morning Star Elementary School on Thursday evening.
Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials were notified of the possible sighting on Friday. FWP spokeswoman Andrea Jones said the sighting is not confirmed, but wardens are monitoring the area.
“We’re looking into it,” Jones said.
According to the Bozeman School District website, school staff at both Morning Star and Sacajawea Middle School have been made aware of the sighting, and teachers have talked to students about the alert.
Until further notice, students are being asked to avoid walking the trail to school. Near the field where the mountain lion was seen, students should walk in groups and with an adult if possible.
Adults in the area should carry bear spray and air horns.
If a mountain lion is seen, people should appear big, wave their arms, yell and scream, create a barrier and throw things at the lion. Don’t run away from it.
“We’re not trying to instill fear,” Jones said. “But we certainly want to be cautious.”
To report any mountain lion sightings, call FWP at 994-4042. After business hours, call the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 582-2125 or dial 911
When it is confirmed in Virginia the public will be in an uproar for action….Newspapers will will have entire sections dedicated to the subject and species.
When that day comes Mark you will spend more days in the field than you ever had before.
I missed what the weight of that thar b’ar that you showed ?
back in the 70′s several people reported seeing a lion near reddish knob in augusta co..its a vast area closed to vehicles.
The VA mountain lion sightings have always absorbed me. Mark, as you know your pal Bill C. has covered this furtive critter before. I DON’T BELIEVE any of the VA sightings, and I don’t care how trustworthy the individual may be. I do however believe that folks are seeing something, just not cougars. The absence of trail cam photos, roadkills, etc. is clearly captivating. But what I want to see is a dead animal (btw I will find no solace) killed by some braggart hayseed, which undoubtedly will not be able to maintain the secret. Those folks are out there; you know who you are!
Hey, if Ralph Barton hasn’t seen one yet, they aren’t here! He is always in the mountains.
I have a relative that worked for VDGIF and ALL he did was set out trail cams in isolated areas, sole purpose was looking for mountain lions, although you wouldn’t find that in writing.
Always a fun topic, though!
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While growing up in rural Southern Oregon, Mark Taylor
developed a passion for the outdoors while he and his younger brother tagged along with their father on fishing,
hunting and camping adventures.
Graduating from Northwestern University in 1988, Taylor spent four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy based
in Norfolk before moving into journalism.
After five years writing about the military for a Norfolk-based publishing company, he became the outdoors
editor at The Roanoke Times in 1998. He lives in Roanoke with his wife and twin daughters.