Check these mountain loins out, tell me what you think. If we support mountain lion-friendly legislation, open space conservation, and preserve corridors connecting potential habitat, we could reverse this situation and bring mountain lions back home to West Virginia. West Virginia Mountain Lions book. The only big cat species that ever made its home in West Virginia was the mountain lion, and mountain lions don’t come in black. Tail of the creature, Kinnison Mountain WV. As the ears looked really strange and small and the face seemed short just didnt dawn on me that it was a cat. Also several people that lived in the area eventually saw one or the other or both. I am a college graduate and I work for AFLAC. Female mountain lions usually give birth every two years. The idea of unknown animals and the folklore behind them have always interested me. Upon my return to Pa. I watched it through the scope the whole time. Lion to you? This was not even close to a bobcat. population approx: 800. A mountain lion sighting was reported at, Showshoe West Virginia, This might be old news now but I know there is, Its tail was dragging the ground and he was bigger than Riley(our 110 lb black lab), Scenic Highway 150 a mountain lion cross the road.>, We do completely rule out the possibility. The Western cougar is definitely moving eastward," he said. Despite the location where we saw it, and the fact that we have never seen it since, my wife and I are 100% certain that the animal we saw was a VERY large cat (at its closest it was only about thirty yards from us) that was bigger than a golden retriever yet had a coat that was similar in color. Several additional species are rare in the state and warrant close monitoring. It was an experience The lion continued up towards Cacapon mountain. and my great grand parents said they had seen quite a few in their day. Webmaster's Note! There’s no shortage of public doubt about the state’s stance on mountain lions. In August 2008, a friend and I were in Ohio Co., WV on Harvey Rd. The tail was as long as the body and was thick, it's back feet were large. Handle an encounter with a mountain lion: Mountain Lion sighting in Leon, Mason County? The Scuttle Butt that I have been told from reliably people was a Black Cougar/Mountain Lion was sighted in the woods of Flag Pond Tennessee in 2007 by the Hensley and Shelton boys. A mountain lion prowls in Yellowstone National Park. We were shocked to see this photo b/c we usually only get to see. I just laughed because I was born and raised in Logan WV and had also thought that stories like these were so much imagination. These are some of the pics. Webmaster's Note! The dogs were barking at it but they would not go right to it, which was odd cause they always go to a dog passing by and check it out but they would not get too close, then we rode our bikes a little faster and I could see it was cat, but couldnt believe my eyes, then it finally took off running not real fast but yet way ahead of us and it leaped up the side of the hill maybe a 8 or 10 ft jump. I was gonna call the DNR but I was afraid that they wouldn't believe me either since they didn't believe my mother.. What Can I do to convince them that this is not a fake call and that we did see and hear it.. Is it gonnatake someone to be killed or hurt by this thing for them to come and check it out and not laugh at u? Then.. Submitted by: J Gore I fully expected a deer to appear their. A response to a blog post stated "MLF would let the [state] Fish and Game Departments do their job" and support the scientific management of the species we are named after. We found this print while hiking on Wildlife Trail at Dolly Sods. Submitted by: Dave Marshall Gormania WV. The zip code for Paw Paw is 25434.Detour Road is (County Route 18). They seen this animal coming out of the woods and she thought it was a big dog or fox from the distance, until it got closer to her she stopped her car and this big CAT came out in front of herand she said oh my goodness it's a mountain lion and her dad said it sure is and she said it walked in front ofher car as slow as it could go and just looked at her like it wasn't scared. Some say maybe it was a bobcat or maybe it was a large housecat. We were very excited, but we're unable to get any pictures. Webmaster's Note! I use the term "wooded area" because it would be hard to characterize the area as woods or forest - more like a strip of trees about one hundred yards wide that separates our house from the neighbors who live on the hill above us. I saw on your web site that itis believed that mountain lions are extinct in West Virginia. According to wildlife experts, the mountain lion, also known as the eastern cougar, disappeared more than a hundred years ago. but now live in various parts of the country. all of our lives and believe me we know the difference! Nov 2, 2013 - The Scuttle Butt that I have been told was the Mountain Lions were exterminated decades ago from West Virginia. We?ve camped in the Cranberry area many many times as well as the Greenbrier river area and Pocahontas county. I can’t believe that these 10 dangerous animals have all roamed these West Virginia hills! Webmaster's Note!Hi Debbie Bond, I could have accidentally delete those pictures you send us when I accidentally deleted an entire page of emails and photos from my laptop. Animals tracks 3 to 4 inches Mountain Lion; no claw marks | 2 to 2.5 inches Bobcat; no claw marks | 2 to 3 inches canine; claw marks. I have had two Moutain Lion sightings. These large, wild mountain cats are shy and avoid humans. Myself and 3 other close friends travel to the area twice a year to hunt and fish. If you have any questions for me, my name is Alice Hanna and my number is (304) 000 - 0000. Mountain lions used to roam the entire country, coast to coast, and the eastern cougar subspecies (Puma concolor couguar) occupied the northeast region. The only confirmed populations east of the Mississippi are in Florida. When I walked out side to find him my cat came running at me, and he never runs, he is a pretty big cat and doesn't run much at all. Fairmont, WV, Webmaster's Note! We rode our bicycles with fishing poles and two dogs following to the Lake to go fishing. "Maybe there will be a time when some will colonize Virginia in the future." These two brothers have quite the story. Sincerely, It was late in the afternoon and my wife said she thought she saw a large dog like a golden retriever walking in the woods about ten yards above where the tree line begins. But I know what I saw! The long tail was a dead giveaway. We got to the bow stand at daylight just off of the Potomac River and I helped him into the tree with a climbing stand then retreated back the grassy rd. location at the time of the sighting was the easternsection of the ATV trail around the northern intersection of the trail 10 and 15. So unexpected that it's common for people to initially mistake them for panthers. Well it moved, I seen it was a cat and scream for the girl to get her dog in the house, she thought I had lost my mind but thank heavens she did what I screamed for her to do and ran to the house... this cat got up and started walking toward my drive, Larry couldn't believe his eyes and I said no house cat is that big at that distance! Webmaster's Note! West Virginia's Mountain Lion Management On March 2nd, 2011, the US Fish and Wildlife Service officially declared the eastern cougar to be extinct. I would have gotten track impressions if I had thought that no one would believe me, but I was frankly pretty scared of it and got out of there asap. Does this look like Mt. When I asked him to calm down he wouldn't I knew something bad was going on this child wasn't scared of much. But here goes... Needless to say, this sighting was a treat that I will treasure forever. Possible mountain lion sighting in Finger Lakes region. The image is of a “mountain lion” (oh I loathe that name for them!) Have heard of these being in our area just have never seen one. Glad to hear we?re not the only ones who have felt that the big cat it here (eastern wv) having migrated to the area many years ago. We believe people in Churchville and the surrounding area need to be aware that definitely it's a possibility that there are mountain lions that come through this area. Last year my wife and I were returning home to Berkeley Springs WV in Morgan County. I live in Preston County, on the border of Maryland. The sighting was by a local Grant County man named Trevor who is 100% certain of the creature sighting. A second look revealed to me that it was an adult mountain lion, 100-125#. 400 yards above my house. I did see onedead beside the freeway in the Bay Area once. One of my friends, Charlie Keaton (retired school teacher), was on the Scenic Highway 150 two weeks ago and saw a mountain lion cross the road in front of him. Mountain lions, more commonly called cougars in the western U.S., are primarily found in the western states from Montana to Arizona. Most are essentially reddish and light brown to tawny in color. The one under the deck was subdued with a tranquilizer dart. "There's no doubt that mountain lions are moving eastward. Submitted by: Debbie Bond. About the authors: Skip Johnson was born on Birch River in Herold, West Virginia and lived there till shortly before his death in 2011. Webmaster's Note! These felines are quite large. The Eastern puma is known to occur: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia. There is absolutely no doubt that it was definitely a Mt. Lion Suspect in Killing of boys Horse in daytime Then in 1996 in the fall after the leaves had fallen, I was with a friend driving between Weston, WV and Jane Lew WV, it was evening almost dark, and we saw a animal at first glance thought was a large light brown dog coming to the road and my friend slammed on the breaks and it walked right in front of us in the head lights looked right at us, my friend was real excited, and myself to, as this made two sightings for me. He said they looked at each other for a very long several seconds before the mountain lion darted and ran into the darkness. Then after it I guess you would call it growled at me I became aware that It was a mountain lion. Submitted by: Rob Watt. I live in Putnam County, and one of my students who lives on "Redhouse Hill" which is rural and beautifully mountainous, with many ridge top roads populated by picturesque farms, told me he had seen a mountain lion. Subject: Mt. We just wanted to inform you all that during our trip to the Snowshoe ski resort in West Virginia we sighted a mountain lion at a nearby field. I've been trying to find him on Facebook, so we could talk about it.I don't care that all the so called experts say they don't exist. Submitted by: Don Woods. Later we heard a report of a deer kill close to Cabella's. . With the appropriate protections to the species and their habitat, perhaps we could recover our lost mountain lions, and they could once again wander the land in which they formerly lived. Yesterday August 29, 2008 I was driving on a country road called Cranesville Road that leads to Oakland Maryland when a large cat all black ran across the road in front of me. It was in fact a mountain lion that I saw. Not only us, but two cars behind us also completely stopped and watched this graceful cat. On most sighting their no way to determine if a Mountain Lion was always wild or had been let loose in wild when someone happen across a mountain lion or cougar, FW: pics, From: Lisa Campbell a cougar is not going to risk attacking a horse as they are a somewhat delicate animal which I have seen killed by an elk if they choose the wrong one.. horses are too substaintial unless there are no deer at all around, but in your case I think if there are cats there it is because their food is ther. pistol. I was doing a search on the internet and found your sight and was excited to see that a man named Chris Sparkman had sighted one in Paw Paw about 9 months before my sighting. Until 1993, I was working for a Coal Company in Sharples WV, while riding with a fellow worker in a company pickup truck we were looking for deer and we spotted a set of eyes in the headlights about twenty five to thirty yards away, for at least a full minute neither one of us said a word, I think we were both in shock. Of course no one believed us my dad even laughed. I felt stupid right then. It was foggy, and his whole family was asleep. Mountain Lion Sighting North Mountain close to Gerrardstown, WV. A French naturalist created the na… This dog runs from nothing, but it did today when it heard that scream. It was clearly a mountain lion. There have been several Mountain Lion/Cougar sightings in Morgan County West Virginia since June 2003. They said wild mountain lions had always been there in the Allegheny Mountains Wilderness but in other parts of West Virginia most are thought to have escaped from private compound or been let loose by those keeping them as pets. zip code for the town is 26720. The community was named for the paw paw, the largest wild edible fruit native to America and grew in abundance throughout the community of Paw Paw and Morgan County, West Virginia. I've had nearly a dozen people tell me about their sightings but they didn't want their sighting published on the web. At first I wasn't sure what it was, I Could see a long tail and as I said before a large bodied animal. Last Wednesday early morning, at 1:30am 11/12/08, a cabin user (cabin #2) at the Campground in Grant County stepped out of his cabin at 1:30am to use the rest room. Although there are still sightings of mountain lions in the Mountain State, the source of these animals is difficult to determine. Game and Fish had to come and put him down. While going down the trail it was not there, we spotted on the return, maybe 3 hours afterwards. On 8 Nov 2006 my wife and I were riding ATVs on theHatfield McCoy trail system just outside of Pineville WV. She said it went up and stretched outon a log and just looked down and than went on it's way my daughter who is 8 years old says I've lived here in Four States for 8 years and have never seen one of those well her grandfathers looks at her and says AddieI've lived here for 73 years and I've never seen anything like that before so they went on to practice and whenshe got home she called the DNR and they laughed at her told her to get a pic of it or show some kind of a signthat there is one near.. She told them that she wasn't gonna go hunting for this big cat that it's there responsibilityto go look for this thing.. Well Last night May 26,2008 I went to take the garbage up to the end of the drivewayand I made it as far as the sidewalk when I heard sounding like a cat growling and I said oh God that's not alittle house cat.. Fri, February 22, 2008 9:56 pm. In the wild, a mountain lion can live up to 10 years. The trail system is called Pinnacle Creek Trails. The last wild cougar confirmed in Virginia was killed in Washington County in 1882. When I was a boy and crazy for dinosaurs, I was always fascinated by the Loch But it wasnt too long that others saw it and even some saw a brownish colored MT Lion. Eastern cougars were among the first species listed as a federally endangered subspecies under the Act. Mountain lions used to roam the entire country, coast to coast, and the eastern cougar subspecies (Puma concolor couguar) occupied the northeast region. We are all originally from Pineville WV. The hunt took place in Mineral Co. and was one of the most shocking things my son and Ihave ever had together. These rare and elusive cats are most active at night, so you seldom have an opportunity to see one! I am guessing (the size of my German shepherd dog). Shanks WV. In the summer of 2007, two friends and I were going fishing above Cheat Bridge in Randolph Co., WV. Then It took off up into the woods and I could hear it going around the side of the mountain and up the hill. Mount lion sighting, Lizemores, WV Clay County on 12-4-11. Webmaster's Note! And some of them still do! Most sightings occur in Shenandoah National Park and in Bedford, Amherst and Nelson County region. Gormania, West Virginia, is in the Allegheny Mountains range comprising the western part of the Appalachian Mountains and near the borders of Virginia, Maryland and PennsylvaniaGormania WV. I just stumbled across your sight, mainly because of a conversation I had with a fellow employee in Cincinnati. The newest big cats at our State Wildlife Center in Upshur County. An animal sprang up on the bank from the road about 40 yards away. More than 300 cougar sightings have been reported in West Virginia since 1975, according to the Eastern Puma Research Network. Cougar Sightings, West Virginia. So if you think you have seen a black cougar, or mountain lion in West Virginia or Tennessee, you are not alone. Anyway, I am submitting this "report" of a possible Mt. We had noticed several deer tracks and then out of the blue notced a very different track following them. And the other near our home in Leadmine, Tucker Co. Someone is trying to instill fear about mountain lions on the loose in Virginia, ... are appearing on the internet claiming to be of mountain lions in Virginia, but were actually taken out West. Storm mine in Tucker County, A large cat in Wood County, West Virginia, Spring Valley in Wayne County WV. We plan on retaking pictures April 9, 2008 with a coin and measuring tape to give you something to compare the size with. Since we?ve gotten a little older and the ground has gotten harder we have opted for a cabin at Watoga State Park the last 6 years. I could not find a good tree so I settled on the one close the road pulled my bow up set down and had the worstfeeling of my life. Boone County,West Virginia. Submitted by: Vince Lombardi It turned out that two cougars, kept in captivity nearby, had gotten out. These questions and more can be discovered on the pages inside of Skip Johnson’s book, West Virginia Mountain Lions. In 1973, Congress passes the Endangered Species Act, designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction as a 'consequence of economic growth and development untendered by adequate concern and conservation.' First, as it walked towards us it became clear that the animal was a cat and not a dog. I first thought it was a bobcat but then I saw the long tail and the reddish color of the cat and realized that it was not a bobcat. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Refuges in which the Eastern puma is known to occur: Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge, Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, I live in Boone County, West Virginia and back around the fall of 2006, one night I went walked outside to get the cat and put him in for the night. Four – the Virginia big-eared bat, the Indiana bat, the West Virginia northern flying squirrel and the newly extinct eastern cougar – are federally listed as endangered. Date: Sun, January 27, 2008 3:22 pm. Thanks! Thank you, I doubt anyone would want to believe this, but after reading all the comments on "mountain lions" I have to share what happened to me and Larry. We watch it for what seemed like a long time and then it bolted into the brush, we both looked at each other and said "HOLY S@%^ that was a Panther!". The young may stay with their mother for as long as 26 months, but usually separate after about 15 months. Two cougars captured in Pocahontas County in 1976 were western cougars that had been transported there and released. Viral images show an unusually large mountain lion (cougar) purportedly killed near Parkersburg, West Virginia (or elsewhere, such as Altoona, Pennsylvania, Cadiz, Kentucky, and other unlikely locations). Mountain lions existed across Virginia at the time of European settlement but were presumably rooted out of the state by the 1880s, the article said. In Sept 2007, I was on a bike trip along the C & O Canal and at 8:15AM I was coming out of the Paw Paw Tunnel near Paw Paw WV when a mountain lion crossed the trail in front of me within 125 feet. You need to show some kind of a mountain lion sign (confirmed prints, pictures, and etc.) Here are some pics of a horse that at least 2 Mountain Lions attacked and killed last Friday in broad daylight right along the road and across from houses. I later tried to talk to the DNR about it but they said we were making it up. I turned to go back and decided to have one last look and that bad feeling hit me again. and I have been coming to that area for over 30 years. area in Webster county that my dad had mined out, I was there alone dropping off a flatbed trailer to be loaded with supplies in the next few days. about a mile from West LIberty when I saw what I thought at first glance was a deer. It was about 80lbs. Your friend is very lucky to have seen this animal in the wild. They are a beautiful Animal and are very much a part of West Virginia. I thought maybe you would like to know that they are definitely here in Hampshire County West Virginia as well.Submitted by: Nedra Platt. Is it possible that this was done by a mountain lion. My name is Clyde Downs I live in Bristol TN. Trevor and his wife has been inhabiting cabin #2 for several weeks in exchange for performing labor (exchange) at the campground. I will try to recover them and get them posted soon. But he had not gotten in the room fast enough it had moved rather quickly. This was on January 25 at around 5:30 pm. I know a mountain lion when I'm within 125 feet of one. This picture was taken April 7, 2008 behind my home in Wallace, WV approx. I am happy to have found your site. Thank you! Mountain Lion Attacks Hiker On AT In Virginia. In 1990 I was at a old coal mine sight on the Gauley River rd. Hey...First, Let's Go Mountaineers since the 'Eers are about to dismantle the ECU Pirates (providing the game is not cancelled due to the hurricane/tropical storm). Anyway, to make a long story short, our bass player, Markel Fertig, was driving to the mountains of Pocahontas County about 6 years ago. They lived throughout the East when European settlers arrived. Though mountain lions once roamed the hills and forests of West Virginia, persecution at the hands of humans has driven them locally extinct in the state. They had recently added a right-of-way along the ridge to access wells they drilled the past several months. My approx. Hi, I'm a 47 year old professional and have spent a great deal of my free time in the woods, hunting, fishing, biking and hiking. I wanted to do some research into my sighting. One about twenty years ago near Friendsville in Garrett Co. MD. but I haven't heard anything about Mountain Lion sightings in this area, and I haven?t seen them, but that doesn't mean they aren't present. Thanks very much, This was definitely a mountain lion. Here is a couple of pictures of what we had found. It was close to dark, and an animal with a color that approximated a yellow lab appeared in the clear spot. Along the way we have seen black bears, deer, and hawks. that there is mountain lion near.. DNR gets dozens of mountain lion reports and my guess is that DNR cannot check ever visual sighting. There have been several mountain lion sightings in Paw Paw Tunnel area since June 2003 where others have reported seeing the mountain cat . My guess is that its back was approx. Second, when it walked in front of several trees (big tulip poplars), it was pretty clear that the cat was bigger than a golden retriever and it had a long tail. Lion. Jeff (Daylight Cougars), I live in Braxton County on Upper OBrien near Wilsie, Google maps to locate all known points that. Thu, November 22, 2007 2:07 pm, Enjoying your website, very nicely done. Thanks for maintaining this website. Lion crouched down along the road at Gormania WV. When it entered my scope, I was shocked to see what it was. Then that fall my dad was looking at deer with his binoculars to see if they were bucks and how many points, he was very shocked as he saw the brownish colored MT Lion. In fact, most people never see this animal in the wild.... Four States, WV seems like it would be good mountain lion habitat. About 15 years ago we were camped at the head of the Cranberry. Submitted by: Denalda Bush and Brian Jett As the animal continued walking, it walked in front of trees which allowed us to give some perspective to its size. So I ran in the house told my husband to get his gun that there is a cat out here and it isn't nolittle one either is a big one so he gets his 22 pistol and thinks I'm messing with him he comes outside with me tosee what I was scared off I was shaking.. this would have happened in the Churchville area of Lewis County, WV. Hi My name is Brandi, I live in Four States, WV. Since 1970, 121 sightings have been identified as possible mountain lions, but have not been officially confirmed. Hello, In fact, they are the fourth-largest cat species in the world, behind tigers, lions, and jaguars.They can stand up to … I measured with my hand width and then again when I returned home and it was approx. That autumn, my wife and I were sitting on our back porch which faces a "wooded area." A hiker on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia was attacked by a mountain lion on Friday July 1, 2016. He was coming across Kinnison Mountain, and it was around 4 a.m. in the morning. Although I suspect the tracks in the photograph was dog track or a forefeet of bear, not a mountain lion tract.......I'm no expert and I've been wrong before and I know for sure experts have been wrong before. I hope this will help someone else who may have the same experience some day. It is clear there are thousands of residents who often mistake the tracks of coyotes and large dogs as Mountain Lions but the track you posted looks to me like a canine print.. A track in soft dirt spread out more and may look bigger from one in regular dirt. Webmaster's Note! Marshall County WV. One month ago my mother Celestine was taking my daughter Addie to baseball practice and had herfather in the car with them.. My son was holding his bow with an arrow noched and another in his right hand pointing down towards the ground, he was pale and shaking anddidn't even notice me. While I was there I happened to be looking around at the stuff that was to be loaded up and I look up for the biggest surprise of my life, About 50' away there I saw solid black cat walking in a wide open area in the middle of the day with his nose on the ground. 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