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Old 07-27-2010, 08:42 AM
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Mountain lions look more like real African female lions (no mane), whereas bobcats are smaller, have markings, and appear to be furrier with tufts on ears.
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:42 AM
Location: The Woods
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Originally Posted by RunawayJim View Post
Lynx and bobcat are the same.
Related but not the same. In fact, while you can trap bobcats here in the short season for them, if you catch a lynx intentionally you can get in serious trouble; they're on the endangered species list in the lower 48 states.
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:57 AM
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Bobcats are much smaller than lynx and don't have tufted ears. They also are very distinctive because of their seemingly out of proportion longer rear legs.

If you ever see one run, it'll be obvious.
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:29 PM
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Hi all you doubters, What I saw was NOT a bobcat. I've seen bobcats in person in Georgia, California, and Vermont. What I saw was a catamount, or as we say in Georgia, a cougar. It was gorgeous. The body was about 3 1/2 - 4 feet and the tale was as long as the body. There were no tufts; no spots; and I saw the cougar MOVE! I also have the advantage of having the original photo. Zooming in to check out the details showed no bobcat signs. I was extremely lucky to get a photo. I was so excited the first photo blurred, but the second photo provided vivid details, especially of the head. I hope the cougar returns and I hope I can get a full-body photo. My neighbor called last night to say he found tracks. He was going to contact the Vermont F&W. We'll see.... catamountgal
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:07 PM
Location: Vermont
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I totally believe you. I would LOVE to see one. If you don't mind me asking..where in Wallingford are you? Feel free to send me a direct message if you don't feel comfortable posting it here. I'm going to be down there next week visiting friends and want to go looking!
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Creek Hollow View Post
Bobcats are much smaller than lynx and don't have tufted ears. They also are very distinctive because of their seemingly out of proportion longer rear legs.

If you ever see one run, it'll be obvious.
I saw what I thought was a lynx about 20 feet from my porch. I saw it twice in the same place. Both times I thought it was my Australian Shepherd until I looked down to see he was on the porch with me. It looked like it could have weighed easily 70 lbs. Bob tail, golden/orange color without spots with longer back legs. Very musclier. The last time I saw it I was able to get a good look at it because it saw me. It stopped walking and just stood there and watched me. I have had a few run ins with fox and was not afraid but this thing scared the **@! out of me. I never saw anything like it.
My neighbor showed me pictures he took of it. I don't know if it was the same animal but the pics he had were the same size as the one I saw but the face was different. The pics he had looked like an African lion.
Whatever it was, it was gorgeous! I never saw anything like it.
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:20 AM
Location: Vermont
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Two years ago I arrived home with a friend from Wisconsin after picking him up from the airport . As he was unpacking he yelled "there's a cougar in your backyard". I got a great look at it and it had a face like a catamount or mountain lion, much more so than a bobcat. I watched it walk away for about a minute and he looked much bigger than 70 or 80 pounds, he was pretty scary looking. He had a short tail though, and I believe bobcats have shorter tails than the lions, pumas, catamounts etc

It's face looked absolutely nothing like a lynx or bobcat though, it looked like the (cougar?) that used to growl on top of the Lincoln Mercury sign in the 70's commercial.
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Old 08-01-2010, 04:14 AM
Location: Auburndale, FL
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There is a large debate right now over whether a bobcat is part of the Lynx family, or a separate genius.

In any event, I grew up near Killington, and have seen Cougars in the Bridgewater/Barnard area on a number of occasions. It was actually quite common to see one in particular whenever we were out camping at a nearby leanto.

The locals all know they are around. We just don't bother to report it. (don't ask why... I don't have a good answer for that one.)

Absolutely beautiful cats. I am and have been obsessed with cougars for about 20 years now.

PS - Catamount, Mountain Lion, Puma, Cougar... all the exact same thing. Different people from different areas call them by many names. In fact, the Cougar has more names than nearly any other animal in existence.
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:44 PM
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In California, we call them mountain lions now almost exclusively. Maybe because the word "cougar" has taken on another meaning! Anyway, they are considered an endangered species and you're not allowed to hunt them. Don't ask me why because there are plenty of them around. For those of you anxious to search for them, be very careful! They are beautiful but dangerous wild animals that will attack people readily. We have had several deaths in our state from attacks, and most of those people were minding their own business, jogging, camping, etc.
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Old 08-07-2010, 10:39 AM
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I would take a deer carcass and put it in front of a trail camera like sherylcatmom says but, instead of putting it in a sand pit, just tie 2 of the legs to a tree so that way the cat has to be at it longer and cant pick it up and move it somewhere else. There is also the posibility that coyote would come to the carcass but i think it is worth a try to get some really great photos of this cat.
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