No photo today because I can’t catch phantoms on film – this is symbolic. According to a news story Vermont officials have confirmed there are Canadian Lynx in Vermont. This isn’t news to those of us out in the woods. I’ve seen their tracks.
Meanwhile the Vermont officials continue to deny the existence of wolves and cougar in Vermont. I think that is because they don’t want to scare tourists – after all, cougar hunt, kill and eat people out west. Holly and I have clearly seen the cougar twice. We have also run into it in the woods at night – don’t do this at home kiddies. That time we did not see it but heard it snarling at our dogs who kept it at bay – it pays to have multiple large dogs. I would not go out without them. We have also seen cougar tracks twice in the snow. Lastly, cougar is the only predator capable of ripping off a sheep’s chest with one swipe of its claws and then taking another sheep and long jumping over a high 4 wire electric fence leaving no other traces. It’s either a cougar or the abominable snowman – I’m not putting bets on big foot.
The cougar exist in Vermont and comes through our valley every few months. They’re called Catamount around here.
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