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Old 01-21-2008, 11:44 AM   #1
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Nice article in todays Dayton Daily about the presence of bobcats and maybe cougars in Ohio. Anyone out there ever find evidence of this on your own? Not sure I would want to see a Cougar out there when I am sitting up against a tree! You'd think someone's trail cam would get a pic of one if they were out there.
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Old 01-21-2008, 11:47 AM   #2
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I don't know about the Dayton area but I've seen bobcats near the AEP recreation lands below Zanesville. He took off before I could get a picture of him.
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Old 01-21-2008, 01:29 PM   #3
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i have seen bobcat tracks by the river around englewood milton area
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Old 01-21-2008, 01:34 PM   #4
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seen a bobcat down around Hamilton a couple years back, hope i NEVER see a cougar! almost positive i seen either a black wild boar or a BIG potbellied pig that got loose along the river (seen from a distance) just south of the DPL dam in Miamisburg about 5 years ago.
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Old 01-21-2008, 02:39 PM   #5
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We have seen a few Bobcats in the last few years at our farm in Carroll County.
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Old 01-21-2008, 03:06 PM   #7
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There was a article in the local paper about the booming boar population in the state, mostly in the southern counties, but they did say that a bow hunter took one recently at Deer Creek here in Central Ohio which is something I wouldnt have thought likely.
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Old 01-22-2008, 10:36 AM   #8
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There are more Bobcats in Ohio then most people think. Their elusive nature and habits are why they are rarely seen. The farthest west that I have saw one was in western Highland county.
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Old 01-22-2008, 10:49 AM   #9
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I saw one in AEP this summer and one yesterday while driving home from grouse hunting in rural Monroe county. I consider myself exceptionally lucky to spot two in one year!
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:19 PM   #10
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Earlier this fall a friend and co-worker of mine said his neighbor and also sister had been losing all her chickens. They thought it was just coyotes. But as more chickens came up missing they started keeping a better eye out for the culprits. Here they finally saw it was a pair of bobcats. Located in southern stark county and with approximately 1000 acres of private strip pits behind the house these bobcats could make a home for themselves and never be seen.
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A year or so back I had a bobcat come up between my nabors & my house.
thought it was a house cat at first, but it was way to big and grawled to loud. By the time I got outside it was gone.
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Old 01-22-2008, 02:29 PM   #12
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Those cougers are coming on strong, I saw 14 cougers this year while bow hunting. They growled and screamed like a woman being skinned alive. I heard the ODNR is releasing them to cut down on the deer herd.
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i saw more cougars this year than deer...
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Old 01-22-2008, 03:07 PM   #14
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Had a bobcat cross the road right in front of me in November while i was checking the fields for deer in Miamisburg. Cat had just come from a farm on Benner rd. and crossed over to the Mound/Monsanto facility. Plenty of land there that could easily hide a few cats. They say these cats have a large home range.
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Back in 1977 I saw one run accross the road in front of my car between Dalton and Orrville. This past Spring I saw one on SR284 down near AEP.

And before anyone asks...the one I saw in '77 was not due to hallucinogens
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:16 PM   #16
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14 Cougars???
Are you sure you dont have Cougars and Bobcats mixed up?
Bobcats are actually pretty common in Ohio,but Cougars?
Someone enlighten me,please.
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I heard the ODNR is releasing them to cut down on the deer herd.

Yes indeed. They are also dropping rattle snakes from Helicopters to cut down the turkey population.
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Yes indeed. They are also dropping rattle snakes from Helicopters to cut down the turkey population.
Spoke with a guy today in Zanesville and he said he saw a Bigfoot at AEP while working some gaslines.
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Old 01-22-2008, 08:00 PM   #19
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I know that the state is very interested in reports of bobcats in Ohio. They had a booth at the Cincy Boat Show last year. I picked up some literature that was asking for people to report sightings. They claimed that bobcat are endangered in Ohio. I ran into a guy fishing on one of my favorite SW Ohio smallies streams and he pointed to a spot across the creek and said his boy got all excited becasue there was a LION on the other bank. He looked over to see a bobcat coming down the hill to get a drink of water. SW Ohio isn't exactly bobcat territory, but I believe the guy. As for cougar, I wouldn't doubt it. I just got back from Houston TX and my father-in-law told me that he was coming out of his house with the dog early one morning and the dog went nutts. He looked over to see a cougar walking along the fence line. The dog went after it and the cougar took off for the woods behind his house. If these things can make it in Houston, why not Ohio. Nature has a way of coming back.
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Old 01-22-2008, 08:10 PM   #20
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I actually called in my Bobcat sighting to the ODNR, they have info posted I read somewhere that they want any sightings reported. They asked for specific location, roads,county, time of day etc. It took only a few minutes of my time.
As far as cougars/big cats there were sightings here in the Pataskala area and East of here in Granville. This was shortly after the sightings in the Gahanna area. I haven't heard of any lately though so it must have moved on.
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