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November 17, 2006



By Julie Kay Smithson


Property rights researcher




Almost Anywhere, USA - Does seeing a cougar mean one actually saw a cougar? According to 'experts,' it doesn't. The sighting must be 'confirmed,' and the details of what constitute a 'confirmed' sighting are as changeable as the animal's name. Those reporting the sightings are often told they "must have" been confused, and that what they saw was "probably" one of the following: a large house cat; a bobcat; a large dog; a coyote; a fox, and so on. There are noticeable differences in such animals, and all those seeing the tail are certain they saw a mountain lion. A partially eaten cow carcass in a tree, indicating that something large must have dragged it there, doesn't sound like the work of a German Shepherd.

"Proof" in the form of "confirmed" sightings, is made a bar so high few can reach. Sightings, confirmed and otherwise, continue to mount as "experts" seek to reassure the public that the cats are merely escaped "exotic pets." A few mountain lions killed by cars have been declawed, but the majority are wild. A quick Google search for this search string: "mountain lion" "Topeka" "sighting" yields 403 results; expand that search to: "mountain lion" "Kansas" "sighting" and the results jump to 15,200.



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Smithson's extensive research web site is www.propertyrightsresearch.org