Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 17th, 2007
Sightings of Mystery Cats occur frequently. This last week saw continued activity around Devil’s Lake, North Dakota (apparently tan-colored) and in the Lambton area of Ontario (melanistic).
The road out to the Cove, Lakeside Restaurant and Woodland Resort was deserted on Wednesday afternoon [November 14, 2007], no mountain lions in sight.
Mary Jane Stubbe of Devils Lake was returning to her home near The Cove Lakeside Restaurant recently when she spotted a mountain lion, or a cougar as some call it.
She claims to have seen the reclusive animal at the Cove road about a half-mile from Highway 19 close to some trees near the Peterson Welding building near the ditch.
The Devils Lake resident said the sighting occurred at 3 p.m.
“It took me by surprise,” she said. “It wasn’t huge, but it was definitely an adult. It was just a shock to see it this close to a populated area, and I’m certain of what I saw.”
Stubbe said she contacted the Game and Fish Department in Devils Lake shortly after the sighting. When contacted Wednesday [November 14, 2007], officials at the Game and Fish claimed they had not heard any reports of a mountain lion in the area.
Stubbe said she heard the nearest reported and confirmed sighting of one of the animals had been in Benson County, but there have been reports from at least two people who claim to have sighted one north of Devils Lake. ~ by Mike Bellmore, “Mountain lion spotted in area,” Devils Lake Journal, Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, November 16, 2007.
The Port Franks-Parkhill-Lambton-London, Ontario area has had repeated recent cryptid felid encounters and sightings.
Cougar sightings continue in the region with a Port Franks woman reportedly seeing a large black cougar-like animal near her home Thursday [November 15, 2007].
It was the second report this week and third in the Lambton area in the last three weeks.
“Officers attended and inspected the exact sighting location for tracks on the ground and claw marks in the tree (but) no tracks or claw marks were found,” said Lambton OPP Const. John Reurink in a press release.
“There has been no direct confrontations with a cat of this type or attacks on livestock or domestic pets reported.”
Police said the cat was seen from a side window of an Urlin Crescent home.
The woman said she first spotted the cat sitting high in a tree about 40 feet away aroud 2:46 p.m.
Police said the woman watched the animal stretch, then climb head first down the tree trunk, then leave the area headed north.
Wednesday, a Parkhill man reported seeing a large “cat-like” animal dart in front of his car near Watford.
A search of a bush area and surrounding neighbourhoods turned up no sign of the animal.
Police said they also contacted the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources officials who suggested it may have been a cougar but were unable to confirm.
Although the MNR hasn’t found evidence, officials have conceded there have been enough cougar sightings in the province that there are likely “free-roaming” domesticated cougars either freed by owners or who have escaped.
On Oct. 9, a horse on a Parkhill farm suffered serious injuries some suggested may have been caused by a cougar. The animal suffered a head injury and had a long vertical cut, like a claw mark, down its front leg.
That sparked warnings to parents and schools to keep a careful watch on young children and for residents not to be out walking alone after dark, especially near wooded areas.
Cougar sightings have become almost common across the region, including the city.
Last summer , a wildlife specialist investigated 32 sightings in London, but found no hard evidence of a cougar.
The expert did find proof of deer, coyotes, raccoons, wild turkeys and possibly a bobcat, as well as a large den.
Cougars, also known as pumas, mountain lions and panthers, roam remote areas across the country, mostly Western Canada. Their presence has been confirmed in New Brunswick and Quebec and provinces west of Ontario. Wildlife experts concede they likely roam remote regions of northwestern Ontario. Most of the past Ontario sightings have been at night and in the early fall. ~ by Joe Belanger, “Port Franks woman spots cougar-like animal,” The London Free Press, London, Ontario, November 16, 2007.
Thanks to Helen McGinnis for open-mindedly sharing these items.