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#6017061 - 11/07/15 07:54 PM Mountain Lion???
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Registered: 05/17/11
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Loc: Lewisville, TX
I shot another doe on Friday night with my bow. Because of the warm night, I boned her out and got her in the cooler under ice and then dumped the carcass next to the doe I shot last week. This morning when I passed where I dumped it I noticed that she was covered up.



I have had a few experiences with Mountain Lions in New Mexico and know how they will cover up their kills. I looked around and was able to find this cat track (bigger than a bobcat and no claws showing).



I put a camera on the doe and hope to have a picture soon of a Mountain Lion. Will make the walks to and from the blinds a little more interesting in the dark. We are about 6 miles south of Bowie on the east side of 287. I'll post pictures if I get any.
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#6017064 - 11/07/15 07:56 PM Re: Mountain Lion??? [Re: High Country Archer]
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I agree that it is a cat but I am thinking a big Bobcat. Seen them do the same thing a time or two.
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#6017071 - 11/07/15 08:03 PM Re: Mountain Lion??? [Re: High Country Archer]
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There are cougars around that area,so you never know until you either see or get a picture of them.

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#6017077 - 11/07/15 08:06 PM Re: Mountain Lion??? [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I agree that it is a cat but I am thinking a big Bobcat. Seen them do the same thing a time or two.


The track was close to 3" wide. I've shot two bobcats with my bow and if it is a bobcat, I definitely would like to drop it with the bow.

I just measured the 23 lb bobcat I shot a couple of years ago and the paws were less than 2".


Edited by High Country Archer (11/07/15 08:09 PM)
Edit Reason: Measured the bobcat.
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#6017092 - 11/07/15 08:15 PM Re: Mountain Lion??? [Re: High Country Archer]
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I have a friend who has lost a Blackbuck male that was killed and covered like that in McCulloch County. He called a local trapper out and he caught a Bobcat. It was a huge old male. First night he set the traps the Bobcat came back and moved the kill. The next night he caught it. I have seen a doe shot on a ranch I managed that dropped just out of view on the road. When they went to pick it up an hour later, it was covered like that and a ham had a chunk eaten out of it.
Hopefully the pics will tell you what it is.
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#6017099 - 11/07/15 08:18 PM Re: Mountain Lion??? [Re: High Country Archer]
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It's either a small cougar or a really big bobcat.

I'd prefer the monster Bob.

Mountain lions can be where you least expect them. I have 100 acre farm in town and before all the houses went up behind me I had a mare get her hind quarters torn up pretty good by a lion. I assume he went for the 2 week old foal and the mare got in the way. Had another one get torn up a few years later and again because of the position of the marks i assume it was a lion. You never know where they'll pop up.

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#6017100 - 11/07/15 08:18 PM Re: Mountain Lion??? [Re: High Country Archer]
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Agree that it is a cat, could be Big bobcat or Mt lion, hopefully pics will tell.
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#6017233 - 11/07/15 10:13 PM Re: Mountain Lion??? [Re: High Country Archer]
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Hard to tell, depends on the size of the track. But some time of cat for sure. Did you measure the size of the track.
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#6017241 - 11/07/15 10:16 PM Re: Mountain Lion??? [Re: High Country Archer]
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Hope you catch something on camera.

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#6017252 - 11/07/15 10:21 PM Re: Mountain Lion??? [Re: High Country Archer]
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I actually think there may be hope for a lion on this one.
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#6017266 - 11/07/15 10:35 PM Re: Mountain Lion??? [Re: High Country Archer]
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I'll bet it's a bobcat. Lion would have dragged the carcass into deeper cover then covered it up.
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#6017462 - 11/08/15 07:44 AM Re: Mountain Lion??? [Re: Txhillbilly]
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Loc: North Texas
Originally Posted By: Txhillbilly
There are cougars around that area,so you never know until you either see or get a picture of them.


In my experience, the cougars are mostly concentrated about 60 miles to the SE in Southlake Town Square.

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#6017562 - 11/08/15 08:41 AM Re: Mountain Lion??? [Re: High Country Archer]
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2cents Agh, grass hopper, yingyang as pappy once said: a mountain lion on its back, tis hard ta see, in the rolling plains ... Stay Safe flag
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#6017584 - 11/08/15 08:54 AM Re: Mountain Lion??? [Re: High Country Archer]
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I will also guess big Bobcat.

I have a cast I made of a ML track I found in Colorado when I lived there. Don't have it sitting right beside me, but I would guess it is around 5-6" square and taken in arid dirt.
The smaller track you found would be a very small ML and unlikely on it's own I would think as well.

The few ML kills I have seen (only 2) where drug into thick azz cover and covered with a lot more grass, wood, leaves than that. I would have never found them actually, I was with a fella that outfitted for ML and we where out pre-hunt to locate cats in different areas using his dogs. He also told me it is very common for a ML, to pull a kill up into an elevated place like a tree, or rocky bluff type place.
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#6017757 - 11/08/15 10:25 AM Re: Mountain Lion??? [Re: High Country Archer]
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Im From Bowie County and my uncle has pictures of mountain lions on his lease outside of douglassville!!

They are out there!
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