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Old 07-17-2011, 09:24 PM
 
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Default Cougars, Wolves, Bears, Bobcats in Indiana

Obviously just over 100 years ago there were plenty of each in Indiana. However, "supposedly" no longer.

But I have heard of a cougar sighting around Hoagland and a little further south in Monroe (both near Ft Wayne). One is my friends dad who said he did not see it, but it ate their goat and left a track in the snow. When the DNR came out they told him what it was and told him not to tell anyone because they didn;t want everyone to panic.

I also have a friend who is a farmer just a bit further north in Woodburn/Harlan area. His grandparents swear that they have seen both bear and bobcat tracks near woods/farms they own.

I know there are tons of coyotes in the area, even though I have never personally seen one. Anyways, just wondering if anyone else has heard/confirmed anything like this in Indiana.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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Bears I doubt are back in Indiana. There have been some sightings in SE Ohio and some bear scat found in the woods there, but I don't think they've made it back to Indiana yet. If they did, I doubt they would be in the northern part of the state where there isn't nearly enough forested area.

The only wolves I've heard of in Indiana are in a confined park near Lafayette. I've seen some big coyotes though.

Big cats are definitely in Indiana. There have been lots of sightings and I know for a fact there was a picture of one in the Bloomington area newspaper that someone got by setting up a camera and sensor in the woods. That was just last summer. There aren't a ton, but in the wooded, more secluded parts of the state there is definitely a presence.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:53 PM
 
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This picture was sent to me a year or so ago. Supposedly taken by a motion sensor camera in Posey County, Indiana.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Sandhills
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This picture was sent to me a year or so ago. Supposedly taken by a motion sensor camera in Posey County, Indiana.
This same picture has also been reported taken in Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas,plus a few more states...

http://www.chitown-angler.com/1fish/...p?f=58&t=44536

http://www.lake-link.com/boards/foru...ThreadID=71319

http://www.ifish.net/board/showthread.php?p=2776617

And then this one also, which attempts to clarify where pic actually originated from: Texas Game Farm

http://www.fws.gov/northeast/ecougar...n-the-Internet

You have seen it happen many a time when someone gets a trail cam pic that is unique, suddenly it was taken everywhere.

Do I doubt that cougars are on the prowl in Indiana, no I don't, you have all the habitat for them and plenty of deer.

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Old 07-19-2011, 06:20 PM
 
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This picture was sent to me a year or so ago. Supposedly taken by a motion sensor camera in Posey County, Indiana.
This is a different picture than the one I had seen, which was, I believe, set up by someone who worked for the Outdoor section of the Bloomington area paper. The sensor was supposed to have been set up in Greene County, just west of Bloomington.
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:31 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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The large predators are expanding ranges nation wide. Perhaps 100 years from now, as the wilderness reclaims once developed lands, and as we shiver in the dark, there will be some scant memory of better days.
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:18 AM
 
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There could be a few cougars in Indiana, but they could be pets or animals that escaped. The exotic feline rescue center had a big cat escape a couple years ago. Then, over the last two years or so, there have been reports south and south east of the center. Some folks say it is likely the same cat that escaped. They admitted the cat knew how to hunt because they found remains of smaller animals where the cat had feed.

There has been one wolf killed in SE Indiana about eight or so years back. It was shot and found on a farm. The wolf was tagged up in Wisconsin and the claim is made that it made its way all the way around the Chicago metro area, and then headed SE where it was eventually found. On a predator forum, someone posted a message that the truth was that a male and female wolf were captured and released in Brown County or the Hoosier National Forest (can't remember). It was said that Indiana DNR was behind this, along with some other conservation groups. The goal was to see how wolves would fare in Indiana.

Recently it was rumored that there was a bear living in Hoosier National Forest, though the official word is that there are no wild bears in Indiana.

Bobcats are actually common in some parts of the state.
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:39 PM
 
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There could be a few cougars in Indiana, but they could be pets or animals that escaped. The exotic feline rescue center had a big cat escape a couple years ago. Then, over the last two years or so, there have been reports south and south east of the center. Some folks say it is likely the same cat that escaped. They admitted the cat knew how to hunt because they found remains of smaller animals where the cat had feed.

There has been one wolf killed in SE Indiana about eight or so years back. It was shot and found on a farm. The wolf was tagged up in Wisconsin and the claim is made that it made its way all the way around the Chicago metro area, and then headed SE where it was eventually found. On a predator forum, someone posted a message that the truth was that a male and female wolf were captured and released in Brown County or the Hoosier National Forest (can't remember). It was said that Indiana DNR was behind this, along with some other conservation groups. The goal was to see how wolves would fare in Indiana.

Recently it was rumored that there was a bear living in Hoosier National Forest, though the official word is that there are no wild bears in Indiana.

Bobcats are actually common in some parts of the state.
That was one of the rumors, that the DNR released a few cougars here in NE Ind because the deer population is so huge. I doubt it tho.
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:50 PM
 
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There are bobcats in the state. I saw a very large coyote in our yard in Madison County. It was almost as big as a wolf. After seeing it, I read an article that stated wolves and coyotes have started cross breeding and have been seen in the upper midwest and northeastern states. There are a lot of coyote in Indiana.
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:20 AM
 
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All the Cougars in the state have changed their names back to Mellencamp. The Bears mainly show up for local community events in the Northwestern parts of the state. Every 8 years they can be in Indy as well. The Bobcats come to Indy at least twice a year, and the Wolves come once a year. The Bobcats and the Wolves are endangered though thanks to the NBA lockout.

Seriously, I lived in three of the four corners of the state for 29 years (until 2002). I never saw any of these. I did see a bear once across the border in Kentucky, but that was quite a distance from the state line (East of Lexington). Coyotes on the other hand I know are around. In the Southern Indiana cave country it is not uncommon to find Coyotes tracks. I've seen the tracks personally even though I've never seen a coyote in the wild.
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