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Florida's Big Cats Are Stumbling, and No One Knows Why

Panthers and bobcats in Florida appear to be afflicted with disabling nerve disorder

(Newser) - There's a problem with Florida's big cats. The New York Times reports on a bunch of strange sightings of panthers and a bobcat in the Sunshine State, caught on trail cameras, that show the felines having trouble walking, caused by an apparent neurological disorder. Kittens seem to be... More »

After Seeing This, He's Thankful for Dull Pocketknife

Colorado's Richard Marriott escapes cougar attack with a scratch

(Newser) - A hunter has survived a cougar attack in Colorado by stabbing the animal in the face. Richard Marriott of Evergreen was returning from an elk scouting expedition in Kremmling's Big Horn Park—the site of a week-old cougar sighting—when the young adult male appeared after dusk on Aug.... More »

Boy, 4, Attacked by Cougar in the Middle of the Afternoon

His father saved him from mountain lion's grips

(Newser) - A 4-year-old boy is lucky to have survived what's claimed to be the first cougar attack in California's San Diego County in more than 20 years. The boy and his family were with a group hiking in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve around 2:30pm Monday when the... More »

Cougar Goes to Macy's, Shows Interest in Planter

Juvenile male relocated Monday in Santa Rosa, Calif.

(Newser) - One thing Macy's doesn't have: an appropriate habitat for a cougar. A juvenile mountain lion spotted early Monday in a planter outside a Macy's store in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif., was ultimately tranquilized, tagged, and moved to territory north of the city. Wildlife officials said it was... More »

She Wrestled Cougar Off Her Son, Credits 'Praying in Tongues'

Canadian Chelsea Lockhart thinks a miracle happened Friday

(Newser) - The 7-year-old's mistake was in running. Good thing he had a badass Canadian mom looking out for him. Chelsea Lockhart tells CTV News she heard a commotion outside her home on British Columbia's Vancouver Island Friday and emerged to find her son, Zachery, being dragged by a juvenile... More »

Runner's Wild Cougar Killing Is Confirmed

Necropsy describes 'blunt trauma and strangulation' to juvenile cat

(Newser) - As mountain lions can weigh up to 180 pounds, it's no surprise few have been killed by claw-less humans of a similar size. Now, a necropsy helps explain how 150-pound Travis Kauffman managed the incredible feat in self-defense last month, reports the Coloradoan . His animal attacker was 3 to... More »

Surprise Find in Backyard Tree: This Mountain Lion

Calif. firefighters, wildlife officials converged on the scene to remove the big cat

(Newser) - When you've got a cat stuck in a tree, call the fire department. When you've got a really big cat stuck in a tree—well, still call the fire department and they'll see what they can do. California firefighters came through with flying colors when that exact... More »

Attacked Runner Kills Cougar, Drives to Hospital

Somebody had a really bad Monday

(Newser) - The survival instinct kicked in for a northern Colorado man, who not only killed a mountain lion that attacked him as he was running in a mountain park on Monday, but then hiked out of the area, and drove himself to a hospital. "The runner did everything he could... More »

'Unprecedented Event': Oregon Hiker Likely Killed by Cougar

It's the first fatal attack by a wild cougar in the state

(Newser) - Authorities say a dead hiker whose body was recovered this week was likely killed by a cougar, marking the first fatal attack by a wild cougar in Oregon and the second in the Pacific Northwest this year. Search and rescue teams found the body of Diana Bober, 55, on Monday... More »

Cougar Survivor Was 'So Worried About My Friend'

911 calls show Washington man's despair after fatal attack, struggle to determine his location

(Newser) - Recordings of emergency calls after a fatal cougar attack in Washington state last weekend detail how dispatchers calmly struggled to figure out exactly where the surviving victim was—and heard how worried he was about his friend. Isaac Sederbaum, 31, of Seattle was mountain biking with SJ Brooks, 32, also... More »

'Something Was Wrong With This Cougar': Attack Details Released

As cougar attacked friend, cyclist ran—and was killed

(Newser) - "They did everything they were supposed to do. But something was wrong with this cougar." That's the take from King County Sheriff's Sgt. Ryan Abbott after a rare attack on humans left one cyclist dead in Washington state Saturday and another badly injured. The Seattle men'... More »

TSA Agents Find Wild Surprise in Guy's Luggage

It was a dead cougar

(Newser) - Police say a hunter's trip home hit a snag in Las Vegas after security screeners found a dead cougar in his luggage. No crime was committed because the man had a hunting tag, reports the AP . But police Lt. David Gordon told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that TSA agents... More »

TV Host Kills Cougar, Posts Pics of Cougar Stir-Fry

Canadian TV personality Steve Ecklund is taking heat for showing off hunting trip online

(Newser) - "Loser." "Creep." "Must be compensating for something, small penis probably." These are just a few of the comments—some of them from an ex-prime minister's wife—being lobbed at a Canadian television host after he posted pictures online of himself with the cougar... More »

Guy Punches Cougar to Save His Dogs

Danger lurks near Tim Hortons coffee shop in Canada

(Newser) - Sometimes dogs save humans, sometimes humans save dogs. The latter was the case in Canada last week when a man punched a cougar that had a death grip on his 80-pound husky's neck, reports Reuters . Will Gibb, a 31-year-old technician from Red Deer, had pulled up to a Tim... More »

Cougars Increasingly Making Meals of Dogs, Cats

California pet owners warned to take precautions

(Newser) - Wildlife officials in California have a disturbing revelation for pet owners: Most mountain lions in the region seem to have acquired a taste for dogs and cats. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, that insight comes from an analysis of the stomach contents of mountain lions legally killed last year.... More »

Cougar That Wowed Biologists Killed in Montana

She traveled more than 10 times as far as expected

(Newser) - A young mountain lion from Canada made a surprising journey of hundreds of miles before she was killed by a hunter in Montana, biologists say. The cougar, nicknamed Sandy, was collared in British Columbia 10 months ago and, after a 450-mile journey, had settled in the Helena Valley when she... More »

Cougar With Teeth Growing From Forehead Perplexes

The animal was killed late last month in Idaho

(Newser) - A hunter in southeast Idaho bagged a cougar in late December that had an extra set of teeth … growing out of its forehead, the Idaho State Journal reports. "It has all of us scratching our heads," a wildlife biologist tells the Journal. It's described, per East ... More »

Jittery Milwaukee Thinks a Lion Is Roaming Its Streets

No sign of the animal since Monday, except on Twitter

(Newser) - Milwaukee residents, do not panic. That's an order from officials fielding dozens of calls since Monday, when a woman spotted what she claimed was a "lion" in her backyard on the north side of the city. A cellphone video appears to show a lion-like animal that wildlife experts... More »

Cougar Coming Off Endangered List ... for Very Bad Reason

Eastern cougar hasn't been seen since 1938

(Newser) - The eastern cougar no longer needs to be on a list of protected animals because it was killed off more than 70 years ago, the US Fish and Wildlife Service says. The agency now proposes shifting the subspecies from the endangered list to the extinct list, LiveScience reports. The FWS,... More »

Kentucky Shoots First Cougar in 150 Years

Animal hasn't been spotted in state since before Civil War

(Newser) - The last two confirmed sightings of a mountain lion in Kentucky occurred in the following time periods: before the Civil War, and on Monday. The cat, once native to the state, hadn't been spotted for more than a century until a farmer alerted the state Department of Fish and... More »

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