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    Could swear I saw this cat last week

    In the NE panhandle of WV not far from the Virginia border on Rt 127. It crossed the street from woods to woods in front of my truck and my first thought was "that is not a house cat". I even said it out loud, by myself while driving. From the description it is supposed to be down south and probably not even around. Weird. First thing I noticed was longer than a house cat, slightly bigger, but the tail was substantial, not like a domestic cat.

    Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yagouaroundi)
    Another southern rarity, it is possibly eradicated from the United States. Suited to desert country nearer to water in cover of cactus, mesquite and thorny scrub. Overall dark color and truly unique build. Perhaps best described in appearance as a blend between house cat and mountain lion, its short legs earn it the nickname “otter cat.”

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    There's been a hand full of animal sightings around the country of critters that were thought to be regionally gone or extinct.
    And some entering places they'd never been found in before.

    I always thought porcupines were only in the upper North West.
    Years ago, I was visiting an uncle who was a rancher in the Texas Hill Country.
    He showed me some needle looking things and asked if I recognized them.

    I told him they were porcupine quills, and asked where he got them. He said he'd pulled them out of his dog's nose.
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    Amazing animal, thank you for showing the picture.

    Yuup, that's no house cat!

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    Interesting. I have had cats on my trail cams i couldn't identify. Too small to be a Mountain Lion and to long with a long tail to be a bobcat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winger Ed. View Post
    There's been a hand full of animal sightings around the country of critters that were thought to be regionally gone or extinct.
    And some entering places they'd never been found in before.

    I always thought porcupines were only in the upper North West.
    Years ago, I was visiting an uncle who was a rancher in the Texas Hill Country.
    He showed me some needle looking things and asked if I recognized them.

    I told him they were porcupine quills, and asked where he got them. He said he'd pulled them out of his dog's nose.
    I thought the same, about both porkies and beaver, but both have been found nearby. A fellow CAS shooter with property near Bastrop insists he has seen a wolf. There is game camera film of mountain lions, too.

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    Not extinct. Have seen medium cat critters in extreme south Texas within a mile of the Rio Grande living in "cactus, mesquite, and thorny scrub."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nueces View Post
    I thought the same, about both porkies and beaver, but both have been found nearby. A fellow CAS shooter with property near Bastrop insists he has seen a wolf. There is game camera film of mountain lions, too.
    Game wardens relocated some beaver from essentially the middle of Coppell, Texas couple of years back. Right in the middle of town.

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    Porcupines common in Northern Pa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winger Ed. View Post
    There's been a hand full of animal sightings around the country of critters that were thought to be regionally gone or extinct.
    And some entering places they'd never been found in before.

    I always thought porcupines were only in the upper North West.
    Years ago, I was visiting an uncle who was a rancher in the Texas Hill Country.
    He showed me some needle looking things and asked if I recognized them.

    I told him they were porcupine quills, and asked where he got them. He said he'd pulled them out of his dog's nose.
    I’ve seen porcupines dead alongside the road between Big Spring and San Angelo as well.
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    We have coatimundi ( Raccoon family with white nose)here in St. Francisville. They are in South Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, but not suppose to be anywhere near here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogieman View Post
    Porcupines common in Northern Pa.
    That they are, and a pest too. One forest ranger found great delight in dispatching them with a Colt Officers Model loaded with Winchester factory target wadcutters. We had beaver too, they built a dam down the road from the farm, you could pull off the side of the road and watch them. Pigeon Hill, Elk TWSP. Tioga CO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nueces View Post
    I thought the same, about both porkies and beaver, but both have been found nearby. A fellow CAS shooter with property near Bastrop insists he has seen a wolf. There is game camera film of mountain lions, too.
    I saw a wolf last year near Bastrop. He trotted up about 15 yards of me. We also have javelina moving into the area.
    When I was a kid up near Waco there was a jaguar around. Couple teen age girls brought a cub they'd caught to school. Still shudder to think what would've happened if momma had caught them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanghai Jack View Post
    Game wardens relocated some beaver from essentially the middle of Coppell, Texas couple of years back. Right in the middle of town.
    I bet that went over well!
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    And we have alligators in increasing numbers in North Texas- maybe they'll eat some feral hogs.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    And we have alligators in increasing numbers in North Texas- maybe they'll eat some feral hogs...
    I've seen news stories about one or two around DFW every year or two.
    Something that'll get 'em going again in big numbers is the alligator farms.

    People are raising them again to sell to the restaraunt industry.
    But legally being wild animals----
    The deal they get with the govt. is that they have to release 25% of their 'crop' back into the wild.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrWolf View Post
    In the NE panhandle of WV not far from the Virginia border on Rt 127. It crossed the street from woods to woods in front of my truck and my first thought was "that is not a house cat". I even said it out loud, by myself while driving. From the description it is supposed to be down south and probably not even around. Weird. First thing I noticed was longer than a house cat, slightly bigger, but the tail was substantial, not like a domestic cat.

    Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yagouaroundi)
    Another southern rarity, it is possibly eradicated from the United States. Suited to desert country nearer to water in cover of cactus, mesquite and thorny scrub. Overall dark color and truly unique build. Perhaps best described in appearance as a blend between house cat and mountain lion, its short legs earn it the nickname “otter cat.”

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    There have been folks who keep wild cats of one sort and another for pets, so it's not nearly impossible for one or more to have escaped. And one that is not as big as a tiger would have a little better chance of blending in with the other wildlife. Not to mention that the only thing keeping them geographically limited is their habitat not getting turned into farmland. And once they get to a place that is a bit more friendly to wildlife, they can go anywhere. Coyotes used to be seen mostly in the southwest. Now they're about everywhere, for example. A lot of their native habitat is subject to slash and burn farming. That would make me interested in moving along, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithaca Gunner View Post
    That they are, and a pest too. One forest ranger found great delight in dispatching them with a Colt Officers Model loaded with Winchester factory target wadcutters. We had beaver too, they built a dam down the road from the farm, you could pull off the side of the road and watch them. Pigeon Hill, Elk TWSP. Tioga CO.
    Porcupine is good eating!

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    You might mention what you saw to the local game warden or other wildlife people to see if anyone else has seen it or something like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregLaROCHE View Post
    You might mention what you saw to the local game warden or other wildlife people to see if anyone else has seen it or something like it.
    I plan on doing that Monday. I tried explaining what I saw to guys at my LGS, but the picture nails it. I am in a very rural, woody mountain area and there are plenty of places to hide and game to eat. I wonder about the cold though.

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