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Mountain Lion Spotted In Boston-Area Town
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Posted on 11/09/2004 6:57:38 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets

Mountain Lion Spotted In Boston-Area Town Joggers Urged To Use Caution

POSTED: 10:44 am EST November 9, 2004 UPDATED: 7:33 pm EST November 9, 2004

ACTON, Mass. -- Acton residents are being warned about a mountain lion on the prowl.

NewsCenter 5's Jack Harper reported that there have been two sightings of a mountain lion, also known as a cougar, in the past week.

"It was scary. It was a growl. It was loud and it was deep. It was what you envision when you hear it -- you just envision this large cat," said Acton resident Colleen DiPietro.

"It sounded like an animal in distress running around our house about three times," said Acton resident Ellen Schemerhorn.

Experts say mountain lions no longer roam the area, but this sighting on Mohawk Street is different -- two police officers saw the cat, too.

"When they got out the cruiser and went to the back, they reported seeing a large animal walk by them. They describe it as a 5- to 6-foot cat, very low to the ground, very muscular with a long tail," said Acton police Lt. Don Palma.

An electric sign has been put up in town to alert residents and pet owners. Police are also urging people who jog at dusk or dawn to use extra caution.

"I wouldn't rule anything out, but it would be my belief if there was a cougar here, it is probably an illegal release. There is an illegal trade of wildlife of what they call 'prestige pets,'" said Tony Wolski, of the environmental police.

If you do come face to face with a mountain lion, experts say you should not run, try to appear as big as possible and make a lot of noise.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: catamount; mountainlion
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To: Texas Songwriter
They can't shoot it. There are no guns in Massachusetts are there?

We MA Conservatives have our rifles! Like our forefathers, the Minutemen, we are waiting for the lanterns to be hung from the church steeple...LOL!

I say it all the time, MA is like an American Falluja - the people are being held hostage by a minority of radicals. Been here 40 years and even grew up in a Boston neighborhood. Most people are good conservatives who don't even bother voting because it is so corrupt.

101 posted on 11/10/2004 9:19:55 AM PST by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I remeber reading that in an article in Readers' Digest where two of them tried that tactic on a woman hiker. Fortunately she escaped.


102 posted on 11/10/2004 9:57:39 AM PST by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Here in Montana, we just let the mule out to take care of those pesky kitties!
103 posted on 11/10/2004 11:00:28 AM PST by paleocon patriarch ("Never attribute to a conspiracy that which can be explained by incompetence.")
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To: fortunecookie

Acton / Natick Mountain Lion?


Perhaps you should alert your 'Boston Friend' in that area.


104 posted on 11/10/2004 11:02:14 AM PST by Petronski (Great job team! Head back to base for debriefing and cocktails.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

It's the housecats we really fear!
105 posted on 11/10/2004 11:11:43 AM PST by paleocon patriarch ("Never attribute to a conspiracy that which can be explained by incompetence.")
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To: ZULU
Like bears, humans and cougars can co-exist only of the critters are regularly hunted so they acquire a respect and fear for people.

LOL. Hunting in Massachusetts?? Did someone call for his highness?? Good thing Senator Kerry has some free time (thanks in part to the 76% absentee record), he can get his ammo and get into position...


106 posted on 11/10/2004 11:19:45 AM PST by fortunecookie (My grandparents didn't flee communism so that I could live in Kerry's Kommune - and I won't have to.)
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To: paleocon patriarch

Oh, that's precious!!


107 posted on 11/10/2004 11:20:16 AM PST by fortunecookie (My grandparents didn't flee communism so that I could live in Kerry's Kommune - and I won't have to.)
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To: Petronski

I will do just that. I wasn't too alarmed, have actually seen one near State College, I-80, until I read on this thread they attack by stealth from behind.


108 posted on 11/10/2004 11:21:22 AM PST by fortunecookie (My grandparents didn't flee communism so that I could live in Kerry's Kommune - and I won't have to.)
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To: fortunecookie

My bets would be on the bears and Mountain Lions.


109 posted on 11/10/2004 11:31:00 AM PST by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: gidget7
I had no idea there were so many MA Republicans here on freeper, great to see though!!

No kidding--all 37% of us must be on FR. Essex County over here, fellows.

110 posted on 11/10/2004 11:33:39 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Petronski

The "Natick Labs" closed area is about ten square miles North of Sudbury extending into Maynard. It was used for explosives research during WW-II and the soil is considered too contaiminated for development. It's closed off from the public for recreation. A monkey escaped from the Harvard Research Center in Southborough and was running around in there for a while - story got a lot of play in here in Freeperland. The area where the cat was sighted is about five miles North of that area, it abuts about a square mile of conservation land just east of my house. (Where I live is very wooded outside of our development.) I won't be walking through the woods to Idlewilde Farm any time soon.


111 posted on 11/10/2004 11:35:01 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS", Fake But Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost; gidget7
I had no idea there were so many MA Republicans here on freeper, great to see though!!

No kidding--all 37% of us must be on FR. Essex County over here, fellows.

Wow, I had no idea (or is that ide-er? hee hee) that there were so many Mass state freepers and Republicans. I do visit friends and family in the area. I recently visited with my Bush-Cheney 2004 sticker and was not harassed, as I was told I might be.

112 posted on 11/10/2004 11:52:16 AM PST by fortunecookie (My grandparents didn't flee communism so that I could live in Kerry's Kommune - and I won't have to.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

When you fly west from Logan, you can see that this state is pretty much all woods till Albany. That's what the wildlife likes. Trouble is, there's houses in the woods too. No mountain lions here in Arlington, though, just possum, skunk, and a racoon the size of a pony that likes to get into my trash can.


113 posted on 11/10/2004 11:55:05 AM PST by cloud8
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To: ZULU
My bets would be on the bears and Mountain Lions.

Well, don't worry, he will be well protected by security men with big guns who will hold any kill for him and quickly shepherd him in and out of the area safely. All with drooling press lovingly documenting his 'hunt'. A luxury the 'real' hunters of this predator won't have.

And I'm with you, despite all that, my bets are on the bears and mountain lions.

114 posted on 11/10/2004 11:55:22 AM PST by fortunecookie (My grandparents didn't flee communism so that I could live in Kerry's Kommune - and I won't have to.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Cougars invade Boston-area, feeding on lost sheeple!
115 posted on 11/10/2004 11:57:39 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

when I was stationed both at Devens and at the Natick Labs I visited that training area many times latest visit was about 20 years ago and it was very heavily wooded at the time. Many small buildings and abandoned structures and such. Not much in the way of small game though. See deer occasionaly.


116 posted on 11/10/2004 12:00:00 PM PST by FRMAG
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To: cloud8

Here in Boxborough, I'm in the woods, which I now find I'm sharing with cougars.


117 posted on 11/10/2004 12:02:09 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS", Fake But Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: js1701d

See all the excitement you miss when you're out of the country? :-)


118 posted on 11/10/2004 2:38:43 PM PST by Beaker (Republican and pround of it!)
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To: pepperdog
they are just triing to survive. your chances of being attacked by a human should be more alarming to you
119 posted on 06/24/2005 10:28:58 AM PDT by russ91
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To: FRMAG

that was twenty years ago. the big cats are here . they will thrive on the large deer populations and any small humans they choose


120 posted on 06/24/2005 11:03:48 AM PDT by russ91
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I am going to go photogragh them playing , and post the pictures here soon. they are cool. I dont care where they came from, but Im sure they are breeding and soon will be as common as the deer they hunt.


121 posted on 06/24/2005 11:11:10 AM PDT by russ91
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