Diogenes: James!: staplermofo: Barndad: Answer to all questions.No.Thanks to James for TotalFark sponsorship!Does James! get a lynx?I want a Serval![benisbigwildcats.wikispaces.com image 504x322]I either want one of those or the Savannah cat mix.
FLMountainMan: basemetal: I know some credible people that have seen black cougars/panthers in the south canadian river area in Oklahoma, yet every game warden and biologist says there is no way. Are the authorities wrong?People say that in the Panhandle all the time (including my wife, smh), despite their being little evidence of melanism among felis concolor, let alone evidence of Florida panthers being in the panhandle.
RatOmeter: basemetal: I know some credible people that have seen black cougars/panthers in the south canadian river area in Oklahoma, yet every game warden and biologist says there is no way. Are the authorities wrong?I saw a puma in Noble county along the Black Bear Creek, but it was the normal, tan-ish color with darker shading along is back and tail. Maybe if a person just got a glimpse of a cougar's back in low light conditions, they might be fooled into thinking it was all dark/black.
naughtymonkey: Why do my cats keep eating my headphone wires?Seriously. It's costing me a freaking fortune to keep replacing them.
Barndad: Jaguarundi are mainly South and Central American but there are some feral animals meant to be found in Florida.
Barndad: Ive just looked up data on radio tagged jaguarundi and it seems a range of up to 20km square is not unusual for a single female.
FLMountainMan: let alone evidence of Florida panthers being in the panhandle.
chrylis: threedingers: Why do cats like cardboard boxes so much?Really--<i>all</i> cats.
ChipNASA: whats the average airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow
FarkFarkFarkGOOSE: What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
Crewmannumber6: What's the capital of Louisiana?
FloridaWombat: Most stories of melanistic pumas in Florida are probably misidentified large bobcats, which do have melanistic tendencies and are increasingly interacting with exburbs and rural communities throughout the state.
draa: It's possible that some were confusion but not likely all were.
KrispyKritter: [farm8.staticflickr.com image 483x640]
draa: FLMountainMan: let alone evidence of Florida panthers being in the panhandle.They are there. I've seen 2 in my lifetime in Wakulla County(south of Tallahassee) and have seen tracks of another but without a visable sighting of the animal. There has also been numerous sightings in surronding counties by locals. Knowing their range I've often thought that maybe they were loners because the sightings I had were years apart. That was in the 60's and 70's though the one in the 60's was with my dad and uncle when I was a youngster. I don't believe there's a breeding population though because so far there's been no evidence of that found. Those damn cats are hard to find, much less observe, so who knows.My grandfather who was born in 1907 also spoke about panther sightings in that area as well, but as I said, I don't know if they were hanging around or just passing through looking for a mate. There's a bunch of Wildlife Managment Areas in Wakulla and the majority of the area is woods, so they could be there and nobody would ever know. The tracking website shows 13 sightings in Wakulla County and I'm certain that number is way low. That's why I said upthread that I thought they had their range off by some bit because they've been spotted well outside of the south Florida area many times in the past.
Bruxellensis: I just put a deposit on a Bengal cat
Deucetoo: I'm also in St. Augustine. What do you do? Not hitting on you. Just curious.
draa: draa: It's possible that some were confusion but not likely all were.Sorry FloridaWombat, I misread your post. Didn't mean to imply that all sighting were misidentified. Certainly some portion of them were, it's just a matter of how many.
dennysgod: What's the point of having wild cats in zoo, every time I go they are all just lying around sleeping, I can watch my cat do that at home for free.
RatOmeter: dennysgod: What's the point of having wild cats in zoo, every time I go they are all just lying around sleeping, I can watch my cat do that at home for free.'cause then you can see that cats are all the same, except for the size?The only difference between a leopard and a "kitty-cat" is that one can scratch you and draw blood and the other can eat you.
FloridaWombat: draa: draa: It's possible that some were confusion but not likely all were.Sorry FloridaWombat, I misread your post. Didn't mean to imply that all sighting were misidentified. Certainly some portion of them were, it's just a matter of how many.No problem. The sad fact is that I could be considered a qualified observer, but if I was deep in the overgrown scrub around here, a good sized bobcat might have me fooled as well. They are far larger than what I came across back in southwestern New York (which makes no sense to me). A black boar crashing through the bush could give someone a start as well (these have fully infiltrated undeveloped urban areas, probably along the canals). I live in the Melbourne area (went to FIT for ecology, not currently working in the field but I like to keep my hand in), and I can tell you from experience that the scrub in the south end of the Space Coast is overrun by wildlife getting pushed north by development. The headwaters of the St. John's are out here in the swamps just to the west of 95, and you could hide the Skunk Ape out there. It's pretty much a north/south migratory highway, and effectively undevelopable. The furthest north I have personally seen a panther in the wild was in the salt marshes in the south end of Volusia County (the EELS land owned by Brevard County) about ten years ago.
traylor: Will answer any questions in threadSubby, are you a liar?
Worldwalker: The Columbia zoo has a couple of fishing cats that I would really like to see.
Worldwalker: Bruxellensis: I just put a deposit on a Bengal catThere's one sitting next to my chair meowing right now. (my cat is a total slacker: he won't leap up into my lap; he wants to be lifted) They're awesome cats. Also the only breed that I know of where personality is actually written into the breed standard.I've always had recycled cats of one sort or another, ranging from shelter cats to a feral kitten, but this time, I wanted a Bengal. It's been an interesting experience. He's very intelligent, and also the laziest cat I've ever met. He's a total slacker. He is so laid-back he's upside down. Sometimes literally -- he lies on his back with his feet in the air and wiggles when he wants someone to scratch his belly, which is most of the time. Also, this cat has no fear; where fear belongs, he got curiosity instead. Possibly twice over. If the end of the world was coming, he'd want to go look. I can envision him running up to a large dog -- or a large dinosaur -- just to see what it is. He also has absolutely no aggression, which is good, but he'd get into less trouble with a bit more fear. Particularly, less trouble with me. Last night, he bit a gallon water jug and caused a flood. He likes this sort of thing. He's not one of the more aquatic Bengals (though he does have webbed toes) but he likes to play in water sometimes. Usually at all the worst times.He walks on a leash, plays fetch (when he was a kitten, he'd demand that I throw toys for him to fetch until my arm was ready to fall off), and, when he was getting his adult teeth, chewed on a puppy-sized Nylabone. There may be some species identity issues here. :pSo, yeah, Bengals rock.
dickfreckle: Are you referring to Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC?
draa: Deucetoo: I'm also in St. Augustine. What do you do? Not hitting on you. Just curious.Not sure what EIP is so I'll have to answer you here.I'm currently an unemployed mechanic. I used to own Drive Rite Alignment and Axle on South Dixie. Right now I'm just looking for a job because I'm not sure I want to go back to doing mechanical work.Yeah, I haven't been to PC in over 30 years but I used to love that place. Just had a good vibe to it but I'm sure it's changed a lot since then. Probably too commerical feeling for my tastes now. Good talking to you and it's nice to know there is another St Aug person on Fark.
steve0701: How taxidermy is done.[splendidlens.com image 373x456]
Bondith: RatOmeter: dennysgod: What's the point of having wild cats in zoo, every time I go they are all just lying around sleeping, I can watch my cat do that at home for free.'cause then you can see that cats are all the same, except for the size?The only difference between a leopard and a "kitty-cat" is that one can scratch you and draw blood and the other can eat you.The first one can eat you too, it just takes longer.
Worldwalker: Yep, Riverbanks. And you're right, it's an amazing zoo for its size and location. I mean, they've got not one but two species of mole rats! (I know, you have to be a special ... or maybe speshul ... kind of geek to appreciate that, but I do) And that penguin exhibit is awesome. (now if only those fishing cats would wake up)
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