Mountain Lion Attacks Car?

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Some strange photos over at KRTV Helena Montana. According to the brief story a cougar attacked a parked Mazda causing a considerable amount of damage. From the photos it appears that the mountain lion chewed on and tore up the lower bumper/grill body panel as well as leaving numerous tracks on and around the vehicle.

The article states ..."This happened Monday night in Eureka. The car was attacked by a mountain lion during the night. They think their cat was hiding underneath the car or in the motor. Some incredible pictures."

Their cat? In the motor? Definitely more to the story....

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Ca_Vermonster's picture

Cat, dog, prank, real, it's

Cat, dog, prank, real, it's pretty funny regardless.  Sorry for the owners of the car, but at least they have a heck of a story to tell.

I don't believe it was a cat.

I don't believe it was a cat. I recall something about the game warden thinking it was 1, maybe 2 rottweilers. Don't look like cat tracks on the windshield to me either.

CVC's picture

Okay, Mr. Fog horn, I

Okay, Mr. Fog horn, I listened this time.  From your link for the others to read.....

Krista Tincher, a reporter for the Tobacco Valley News, contacted us this morning and reports that a game warden has verified that the tracks on the car are "clearly those of a dog, though the car owners suspected a mountain lion at first."

Tincher reports that the people involved in the incident speculated that one or two neighbor dogs - possibly Rottweilers - were trying to get at the car owner's cat that apparently was hiding inside the engine compartment of the car.

CVC's picture

Why do you think it was

Why do you think it was rottweilers?  I wonder if it was a dog instead of a cat, but I don't know enough about paw prints to be able to offer an opinion.  Just curious why out of all the dog breeds you think it was a rottweiler?  I am thinking poodle - those suckers can be mean

gatorfan's picture

Foghorn leghorn

I say, I say, you're not listening to me when I say somethin' son...

Read the link of the follow-up story...

OK, Ok, I'll give it to you again

http://www.kxlh.com/news/dogs-not-mountain-lion-responsible-for-car-damage/

hawkeye270's picture

Hmmmm... there is definitely

Hmmmm... there is definitely something else to that story. Seems a little fishy. That really sucks for the owners of that car, that is for sure. I would agree that as we encroach on cat habitat that things like this are going to happen more and more.

CVC wrote: "Another story talked about situational awareness and I think if you live in cat country you better be aware.  The problem is they are so quiet and stealthy it is impossible to know they are sneaking up on you until it is too late."

Every you say is true but I am just not sure that the situation in hunted areas is quite as dire as that. Sure in places where hunting is not allowed (cough, cough... California) you are going to have cats that lose their fear of man and take them. Most of the time there is more to those cases than just habituated cats though. Many times those cats have injuries that make catching natural prey nearly impossible for them. There is nothing we can do about that.

As cats spread into areas that they have not normally been found (or atleast at acknowledgable levels) the people in those areas are going to be afraid (more cautious than necessary) because they have not grown up with the presence of cats. But I can tell you from experience, that most cats that follow you, do so out of curiousity or decide that you are not worth the effort. I was around a study looking at cats reactions to human hikers in Rocky Mountain National Park and this is where I draw this conclusion from. Although the cats are sneaky I think the statement, "its impossible to know they are sneaking up on you until it is too late" is just a little too strong although it is entirely truthful if it was to happen. I have been followed and tracked and have never had a cat attack me.

CVC's picture

 I have been followed and

 I have been followed and tracked and have never had a cat attack me.

Well, your hunt quite a bit and you are young, so maybe they are just waiting for you to fatten up a little to make a real meal out of you?  :)  Yeah, I can hear it now, I saw one human tonight, but he was a young one so i passed on him....give him a couple of years and he'll be a trophy.

ecubackpacker's picture

Funny joke, CVC. LOL. You may

Funny joke, CVC. LOL. You may have a point. The cats don't want waste time and energy on a skinny hunter when they can kill a fattened deer.

The Rottweilers trying to get at a cat sounds more  like what happened...Man did they ever destroy that vehicle.

I bet the owners of the vehicles knew it was the Rott's and in fear they wouldn't get coverage from the insurance company, they made up the story about the cat attacking it. Sound plauseable to you?

gatorfan's picture

There's a follow-up story...

http://www.kxlh.com/news/dogs-not-mountain-lion-responsible-for-car-damage/

Before reading the follow-up, I didn't think those prints on the windshield looked like a cat.  It also would seem a little odd for a cat to stay there and chew on the car.  I'm no expert, but I have seen enough shows on TV to make me believe that if a big cat wanted prey that was hiding under or in that car, it would probably have given up before sticking around and doing all that damage.

I do agree with you CVC, the more we encroach on the territory that these big cats live in, the more we will read about crazy encounters!

CVC's picture

Of all things that can happen

Of all things that can happen to your car this one ranks as one of the strangest.  I guess the theory about the housecat hiding in the car makes sense, but it is still odd that the big cat would attack the car.  People need to realize that this type of story and the others posted on here recently will become more common as the big cat population grows and looks for more range.  Male cats need a lot of terrority and will roam to find it.

The problem is those territorys are where we live and hunt too.  Another story talked about situational awareness and I think if you live in cat country you better be aware.  The problem is they are so quiet and stealthy it is impossible to know they are sneaking up on you until it is too late.