Sunday, January 10, 2010

Mountain Lions Intentionally Released (Oklahoma)

The Oklahoman [Oklahoma, OK]
10 January 2010

Belief that mountain lions are released into woods to kill deer doesn't make sense

By Ed Godfrey
The Oklahoman

Where did this rumor get started that the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation intentionally releases mountain lions to roam free in the state to control the deer population? [...]
The Oklahoman [Oklahoma City, OK]
5 January 2010
Trail camera near Atoka snaps a mountain lion

[Two reader comments.]

[...] When I was a kid there were the rumors that a circus train had derailed somewhere here in SW OK and that some big cats had escaped [including a black panther] and that they had eventualy breeded with the native wild cats.
David, Altus - Jan 6, 2010 at 3:27 am

[...] I have heard a story for years that a "circus train" crashed between Shawnee and Seminole and all the cats got loose and set up housekeeping out there. Not believeable, but an interesting story nonetheless. [...]
Paula, yukon 73099 - Jan 5, 2010 at 11:57 am