Anybody else see this? All my life LDWF has denied the presence of big cats here and then this year we finally start seeing trail cam evidence of them and BAM! Bad Kitty! I know its not really a joking matter but for years one of the quickest ways to get in a knock down drag out with deer hunting types in North LA/ South AR/ West MS areas is the old "IS they or Is they ain't Painthers he-ah"
Well Virginia...aparently they is Painthers here and Metro is scairt of them[:D]
COUGAR CAPTURE IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD UNSUCCESSFUL Release Date: 12/02/2008
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Bossier City Police Department (BCPD) responded to a call on Sunday, Nov. 30 that a cougar had been spotted in a residential neighborhood in Bossier City. LDWF's efforts to immobilize the 125-pound cat with a tranquilizer dart were not immediately successful and BCPD officers shot the animal to minimize the possible threat to public safety.
The state's third documented cougar sighting in three months was witnessed by neighbors in Bossier City, as well as law enforcement officers, state biologists and news media representatives. The cougar was discovered in the same neighborhood where a black bear was treed three years ago. That incident resulted in capture and relocation of the bear.
"This neighborhood is situated close to the Red River," said Maria Davidson, LDWF Wildlife Division. "Animals will utilize forested corridors along rivers and streams to cover great distances between forest woodlots."
LDWF staff worked with the BCPD to secure the area for the public's safety in advance of biologists' efforts to tranquilize the animal. When the 125-pound cat was hit with the tranquilizer dart, it was startled and began to move within the tree where it was situated. BCPD officers then shot the cougar out of concern for public safety.
"Our standard procedure is to tranquilize the animal in a situation such as this and relocate it to ensure public safety as well as the welfare of the animal," said Davidson. "It simply did not work in this situation."
Dr. Jim Lacour, LDWF veterinarian, performed a necropsy on Monday to take DNA samples and uncover any clues to help determine if the cougar was a wild animal or possibly an animal that had been kept as a pet and then released.
"Currently, all indications are that this cougar was a wild, free ranging animal," Davidson reported. "A three- to four-year-old male cougar is within the most common age class to roam long distances in search of a new home range."
Photographic evidence submitted to LDWF in September verified the presence of cougars in the state. A Sept. 4 photo from Natchitoches Parish and an Allen Parish photo on Sept. 29, both from citizens utilizing trail cameras, may have captured the same cougar's image. It has not been determined whether or not the Bossier City cougar is that same animal.
Anyone holding a captive cougar in Louisiana must have a permit issued by LDWF, as captive cougars may compromise public safety. LDWF may issue permits to existing owners in the state in order to reduce difficulties associated with determining the validity of reported cougar sightings.
The mountain lion, cougar, panther or puma are names that all refer to the same animal. Their color ranges from lighter tan to brownish grey.
Cougars in Louisiana are protected under state and federal law. Penalties for taking a cougar in Louisiana may include up to one year in jail and/or a $100,000 fine. Anyone with any information regarding the taking of a cougar should call LA Operation Game Thief, inc. at 1-800-442-2511. Callers may remain anonymous and may receive a cash reward.