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Hello all, Quick question. Is there Cougars in Nova Scotia. I was hunting the other day walking down a narrow dirt road and in front of me out jumped a large cat. It was alot bigger than a bobcat, I have seen these before, It also looked bigger than a linx, It walked about 50 yds up the road in front of me and than darted into the woods again, I had the scope on it a couldnt really tell if it had a tail or not due to the way the sun was shining right on me. 2 yrs ago the same thing happened to my Buddy around same spot and he swore it was a cougar he had seen, I never believed him .. I really dont know what to believe now. Is this possible?? And if it is possible should I be cautious around this thing?

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There has been reports of sightings in NS but to date the DNR says there is no cougars in NS. We used to have cougars and they are on the rise so you may have seen one. I have neighbors who swear they have one living in the woods where we live and I have seen what appears to be very large cat tracks that they have pointed out. Who knows for sure but it would be nice to think they are making a come back.

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Citizens usually seem to learn about returning predators before DNRs do, so it certainly is possible, especially given what ChesterGolf noted.

Is there snow on the ground up there yet? If so, a photo of a tracks (with close ups) could be pretty convincing evidence, and would be easy evidence to collect.

Cougar attacks are relatively rare; however do be more attentive to surroundings than you normally would be if you think a big cat is in the area.

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We don't have any snow yet but when hunting season is over I will be checking the area out a bit more. Who knows, I may even get to meet the "little" puty tat.

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Hey ChesterGolf, looks like we may be able to take pictures pretty early of tracks if we see them. 10 to 15 cm snowfall in the forecast for inland areas of NS.

Have a great day...

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Here is a good link on Cougars in NS I got from the Government website.

http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/conserva/16-02-5.htm

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Good article NS Buck. It looks like we are going to get some of the white stuff but the South Shore is calling mostly for rain. (25mm... 1 in.) Hopefully this weather pattern will get the deer moving. They are all but extinct around here. They have been sticking to the thick forests and are hard to get a crosshair on.

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That is an interesting article on the cougars. Sounds like there definitely is a possibility of the big cats being in the area. I would be amazed if they were that far north and east, but like the article says, they go where the deer are at.

I have lived in known cougar territory for many years, and have only heard stories of people seeing them. Acutally had a family friend once that had left their garage door open one morning when they left to take a day trip, when they came home later in the evening, they drove into the garage and there was a cougar in it! The cat split quick.

They are extremely allusive, your best bet is looking for tracks.

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well we got 25cm snow the other day. But it is going to be short lived supposed to warm up to the mid teens for a few days,On vacation all next week, taking the camper and going after Mr Buck, hopefully I will at leats get a chance to see a deer with horns anyway. I was speaking to an old fella yesturday which used to be an avid hunter and he told me to use Amonia (hope I spelled it right) said that he used to soak a white cloth with it and hang it from a tree about 3 ft in the air and he said he has seen bucks come out and lick the rag. Said that it also brings out alot of the other wildlife also cats, bears...etc so be prepared he said. Has anyone ever tried this??

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I have not used ammonia for deer nor have I ever heard of it being used but you never know. Deer are very curious and nothing surprises me anymore.

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My girlfriends father claims to have sighted a cougar while scouting near Upper Musquodobit. Same old story - quick glimpse of a big tan cat jumping into the bush in an over-grown clear cut.

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