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  • Eastern Mountain Lions May Be Extinct, but Locals Still See Them

    08/29/2015 8:23:32 AM PDT · by Theoria · 122 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 28 Aug 2015 | Jennifer Levitz
    Officials ponder changing cat’s status, causing roar of protest; sighting a ‘U.F.O.’ Diana Marchibroda insists she saw the beast near the Appalachian Trail in Virginia in May. From the woods sauntered a “tall, very sleek” mountain lion, she says. Ms. Marchibroda, a dentist who is 62 years old, says she and her silver-haired miniature schnauzer, Sophie, “both watched in awe.” “My sighting is ABSOLUTE,” she wrote the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in July. “I know what I saw.” Dozens of similar missives have poured into the agency as it proposes removing the Eastern mountain lion from the list of...
  • Cougar petter: “That was a very bad decision.” ( Ohio )

    07/26/2015 5:32:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 100 replies
    WCMH ^ | July 26, 2015 | Nick Bechtel and Mike Bowersock
    WESTERVILLE — The 35-year-old man who crossed a fence to pet some cougars last week said he wishes he had never done it. “That was a very bad decision” said Josh Newell. “If I had to do it over I definitely would have stayed within the barrier boundaries. I was thinking I’m an animal lover. The cats were looking like they wanted some love and just jumped over and petted them.” Newell was pressed with criminal trespassing charges by the Columbus Zoo after video showed him jumping a barrier to pet two adult cougars .
  • Vancouver Man Fights Off Wild Cougar to Save Mini Dachshund

    07/08/2015 5:55:54 PM PDT · by Hugin · 23 replies
    ABC ^ | NICOLE PELLETIERE
    He said it was when he returned to the campsite that a female cougar emerged from the woods and grabbed 1-year-old Bailey — quickly pulling the dog into the bushes. That's when Hanson said he ran after the cougar in order to save Bailey's life. "I just kept pushing the bushes so I could see and dropped down into a muddy, dry creek," he said. "I was able to spring out of the mud and was screaming at it the whole time.” Without another thought, Hanson said he lunged at the animal, grabbing a handful of her skin. "I was...
  • Four Mountain Lion Sightings Reported in San Francisco and Presidio

    07/07/2015 10:50:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Four Mountain Lion sightings have been reported in the San Francisco area since June 30. A joint press release from the Presidio Trust, the National Park Service and San Francisco Animal Care and Control said three of the sightings were made by members of the public, while one of the sightings was captured by a neighborhood security camera. Authorities believe the recent sightings are of the same mountain lion. The animal was last seen on Friday, July 3, in southwest San Francisco near Lake Merced. The mountain lion also was spotted on the 1000 block of Gough Street on July...
  • The Great Cougar Cover Up (Illinois, Michigan)

    05/22/2008 4:53:24 AM PDT · by decimon · 54 replies · 1,962+ views
    WLS-TV/DT ^ | May 21, 2008 | Chuck Goudie
    Remember the lone, wandering cougar that was shot and killed by Chicago police?Some wildlife experts say it may not have been alone and may not have wandered so far. Are government officials in the Midwest covering up a dangerous and growing cougar population? In some places, they're called mountain lions. Around here, they're known as cougars. There are questions about whether government officials here in the Midwest are waging "the great cougar cover-up" by ignoring evidence and disavowing the wild cats' existence. We know how one cougar's journey ended in the back yard of a Roscoe Village home. But Illinois...
  • Woman seeking man she kissed at marathon hears from his wife

    05/04/2015 3:58:49 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    A Tennessee woman searching for the stranger she kissed while running the Boston Marathon this year says she finally heard back — from the mystery man's wife. Barbara Tatge says her daughter had dared her to kiss a random, good-looking man as she ran through the town of Wellesley, where the women of Wellesley College traditionally offer kisses to runners. After the April 20 race, her daughter took to social media to try to find the man, who clearly left an impression on her mom. Tatge says The Wellesley Townsman, a Boston-area news outlet, passed on a letter addressed to...
  • Camera records cougar eating a deer in Upper Peninsula

    02/20/2015 4:48:12 AM PST · by SJackson · 33 replies
    WZZM ^ | February 19, 2015 | Christopher Zoladz
    MACKINAC COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says recent video of a cougar is the 28th confirmed sighting in the Upper Peninsula since 2008. The DNR posted a 60 second video Feb. 19 of the cat feeding on a deer carcass in Mackinac County. Two hunters from Remus used a trail camera to capture video of the male cougar repeatedly returning to the deer kill site to eat. The DNR says cougars were originally native to Michigan, but were driven out of the state around 1900. The last known cougar taken in the wild occurred in...
  • Pennsylvania 'cheer mom' Arrested for having Sex with Daughter's Classmate in Parked Car

    12/29/2014 3:05:22 PM PST · by Old Sarge · 31 replies
    Noo Yawk Daily News ^ | 24 DEC 2014 | Joel Landau
    Iris Gibney, 42, allegedly met the student at a Pottsgrove High School while helping her daughter's cheerleading squad. They started talking on Twitter and Gibney then allegedly sent nude pictures of herself to the boy. An officer caught her and her victim having sex in a car parked illegally at a public park. (NOTE TO MODS: the title was too long...)
  • First cougar seen in Kentucky since the Civil War is promptly shot dead

    12/19/2014 5:41:58 AM PST · by Scoutmaster · 137 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | December 18, 2014 | Josh Gardner
    A Fish and Wildlife official near Paris, Kentucky responded to the call about a young male mountain lion in a tree and though it best to 'dispatch it.' Once native to the state, cougars have not been spotted there since before the Civil War. An agency spokesman said, 'it seemed to be in very healthy condition' and that shooting it was the proper course of action An examination of a mountain lion killed by a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife official has found that it was a 125-pound male that appeared to be young and healthy.[CLIP]
  • 'You should text my mom, she is obsessed with you': How former NFL cheerleader's son matched up

    11/06/2014 1:07:47 PM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 6, 2014 | David McCormack
    The inappropriate sexual relationship between Molly Shattuck, the 47-year-old former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader, and a 15-year-old boy which has lead to the mother-of-three being charged with third-degree rape was instigated by her own son, police have revealed. According to Delaware State Police, it was one of Shattuck’s own children who urged the unnamed victim to text his mom because ‘she is obsessed with you’ after spotting photos of the teen on Instagram.
  • Surveillance video captures mountain lion on CA homeowner's car

    10/11/2014 7:07:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies
    abc 13 ^ | October 08, 2014 | Alan Wang
    SAN JOSE, CA -- A San Jose homeowner captured a mountain lion in front of his home with a surveillance camera Tuesday morning. After the motion detector alarm on his surveillance camera went off, David Tang reviewed his video and saw the animal standing on his car. "People walk around here at night time and walk with their dogs, so it's dangerous for the people if they don't know," Tang said. ... That's a big cat
  • Possible Mountain Lion In My Area

    08/08/2014 7:47:16 PM PDT · by SolidRedState · 100 replies
    Me ^ | 08/08/2014 | SolidRedState
    So here's a story and you can tell me if I am bat s*** crazy or you can laugh or whatever. My wife and I walk along a rural paved road in the evening about a half mile and turn around and come back. We have corn and bean fields on each side and nice wide ditches. One evening about 2 weeks ago on a Monday we were walking back and noticed a dead deer in the ditch on the far side. At first we thought it must have been hut by a car. The strange thing was that it...
  • Free Wildlife Adventure/Government Conspiracy Thriller (Vanity)

    07/20/2014 7:58:37 PM PDT · by Big_Harry · 18 replies
    July 20, 2014 | Big_Harry
    Hello fellow FReepers! Sometimes we all just need to curl up with a good book, so...In celebration of the publishing of my second novel, "NIGHT WIND", my first novel "COUGAR!" in eBook form, will be free to download at Amazon.com for five days starting on July 21st.COUGAR! by W.W. Brock Enjoy!
  • 11-year-old Washington state girl kills cougar following her 14-year-old brother to their home

    02/27/2014 1:26:04 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/27/14 | AP
    TWISP, Wash. — An 11-year-old girl shot a cougar that was following her 14-year-old brother to their home in north central Washington, the state Fish and Wildlife Department said. The female cougar killed last week was about 4 years old and weighed about 50 pounds — half of what it should weigh, said Officer Cal Treser. "This cougar was very, very skinny," he said.
  • Homeless Man Recovering After Apparent Mountain Lion Attack (CA)

    02/02/2014 2:27:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    NBC 4 So CA ^ | January 2, 2014 | Andrew Lopez
    Traps have been put in place to capture the lionAuthorities are hoping to speak Sunday to a 50-year-old homeless man who suffered severe injuries in an apparent mountain lion attack in Perris. An emergency call was placed around 8 a.m. Saturday morning of a man suffering injuries to his face, chest, head and arms, according to Dan Sforza, assistant chief of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The man, who was injured near a makeshift shelter near Highway 74 and Navajo Road, was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery, Sforza said.
  • This lion doesn’t run, instead kills, eats wolf ( Wyoming )

    12/15/2013 12:34:39 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Jackson Hole News ^ | December 11, 2013 | Mike Koshmrl
    Five mountain lion cubs mothered by Teton Cougar Project research animals have met their ends in the jaws of wolves over the past few years. Now a Jackson Hole female cougar appears to have exacted vengeance. A lion tracked by the Kelly-based science institute for the past six years is documented to have recently dined on a yearling wolf, Cougar Project biologist Mark Elbroch says. “What’s nice about this particular incident is that this is a collared mountain lion, and we know for sure that she killed it,” ... While not unheard of, proven cases of lions killing wolves are...
  • Update: mountain lion killed in Des Moines neighborhood

    10/07/2012 7:22:10 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 45 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | 10.4.12 | Pat Curtis
    Police shot and killed a mountain lion this morning in Des Moines. Kevin Baskins, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says it’s extremely unusual for such an animal to end up in a residential neighborhood. “Certainly, we see the occasional mountain lion wander through the state of Iowa, but to the best of our knowledge, we really have not seen one in urban setting like Des Moines,” Baskins said. ”The only explanation we can think of is that mountain lions will follow river corridors and the river is in fairly close proximity to where this cat got shot.”...
  • Possible Cougar Sighting In Schaumburg ( Illinois )

    10/01/2012 4:20:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    CBS ^ | September 28, 2012
    Police in northwest suburban Schaumburg issued an alert Friday after a motorist reported seeing a large animal resembling a cougar. ... Police say possible cougar sightings have been reported recently in Highland Park, Northfield and Winetka.
  • Cougar tears man's pants during attack on west coast of Vancouver Island

    09/13/2012 4:41:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    The Canadian Press ^ | September 13, 2012 | Keven Drews,
    Fearing for his life, a 38-year-old Vancouver Island man says he ran from the fangs and claws of a ravenous cougar and scaled a hefty piece of construction equipment in a desperate bid to escape. With his pants shredded by the cougar's jaws and a shoe lost along the way thanks to a swipe from the animal's claws, John Frank Jr. said he climbed a locked-up excavator's boom and called for help on his radio. The community of Ahousat, B.C., located north of Tofino, B.C., on the island's west coast, responded to Tuesday's attack, with some residents arriving on scene...
  • B.C. woman recounts 'surreal' cougar attack in her house ( Canada )

    08/28/2012 1:21:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    CBC News ^ | Aug 28, 2012
    A B.C. woman who was attacked on her sofa by a starving cougar that strolled into her house in search of a meal says her faithful dog saved her life. Angie Prime, 35, was sitting in the living room of her home in Trail, located in southeastern B.C., on Saturday evening, talking to her husband on the phone and getting ready to take her three dogs out for a walk before turning into bed. Then she caught a flash of something that should not have been in the house. "I just happened to catch something out of the corner of...
  • California official replaced after killing cougar

    08/08/2012 11:38:42 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    VENTURA, Calif. -- The California Fish and Game Commission has removed its president after he was criticized for killing a mountain lion in Idaho. Commission members voted Wednesday to replace Dan Richards. Richards, who was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008, has said he plans to remain on the five-member commission until his term expires in six months.
  • Cougar sighted in Buffalo County [WI]-Cougar photographed in Michigan's Marquette County

    07/23/2012 7:25:29 PM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Cougar sighted in Buffalo CountyMONDOVI (AP) — A cougar is roaming western Wisconsin’s Buffalo County. The cougar was photographed by an outdoorsman using a trail camera on land between Gilmanton and Mondovi after dark Saturday, July 14th. A biologist from the Wisconsin DNR verified the sighting after discovering tracks in the area. It’s only the second verified cougar sighting in Wisconsin this year. The DNR has been able to confirm visits from just six male cougars to the state since 2008. Excerpted, article at link ------------------------------------------------------ Cougar photographed in Michigan's Marquette County BATH, Mich. - The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy (MWC)...
  • Couple's lesson in survival from '07 cougar attack

    06/23/2012 7:09:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    SF Chronicle ^ | June 23, 2012 | Peter Fimrite
    It was hard to put a finger on it, but something seemed slightly off five years ago as Jim and Nell Hamm were completing a hike through pristine Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The Humboldt County woods seemed unusually quiet, they said, perhaps a bit spooky that fateful afternoon on Jan. 24, 2007, when Jim heard a "gravelly sound" and looked behind him. In the air, its claws straight out in front, was a mountain lion flying toward his head. He said he instinctively ducked to his left and the lion flew by, landing on the trail. The cougar quickly...
  • Study: Cougars again spreading across Midwest [feline cougars]

    06/14/2012 4:07:53 PM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 6-14-12 | JIM SUHR
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cougars are again spreading across the Midwest a century after the generally reclusive predators were hunted to near extinction in much of the region, according to a new study billed as the first rigorous statistical look at the issue. The findings, detailed in The Journal of Wildlife Management, showed 178 cougar confirmations in the Midwest and as far south as Texas between 1990 and 2008. While confirmed sightings of Midwest cougars were sporadic before 1990, when there were only a couple, that number spiked to more than 30 by 2008, the study shows. Researchers said the...
  • Officers Open Fire on Mountain Lion in Downtown Santa Monica

    05/22/2012 3:55:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    NBC ^ | May 22, 2012 | Jonathan Lloyd
    A mountain lion cornered in a downtown Santa Monica courtyard bolted after being shot with a tranquilizer dart, prompting authorities to use lethal force Tuesday morning, according to the California Department of Fish and Game. "We were able to get a dart in the lion. At that point, the lion was making its way out into the street and then we really have to be concerned about public safety at that point," ... The male, 3-year-old mountain lion -- estimated to weigh 80 pounds -- apparently jumped over an eight-foot fence to enter the courtyard area
  • Calif. game official avoids fine from cougar hunt

    04/12/2012 4:31:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/12/12
    California regulators have given a warning letter to the president of the state Fish and Game Commission over a mountain lion hunting trip he took earlier this year, but they decided against issuing a fine. . . . It says he violated the state's $420 gift limit when he accepted an Idaho hunting trip in January worth $6,800.
  • Cougars reported at University of Michigan

    03/23/2012 4:34:28 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 27 replies
    upi ^ | March. 23, 2012
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., -- Police at the University of Michigan said officers were unable to find any trace of a pair of suspected cougars reported near campus. University police said a caller around 8:30 a.m. Thursday reported spotting a tan cougar near the North Campus along Hubbard Road and responding officers were unable to find tracks or any other sign of the animal, The Detroit News reported Friday. Police said a second caller around 3:30 p.m. reported a black cougar-like animal in the same area, but officers were again unable to find any trace of the reported feline. "The likelihood...
  • California Assemblyman drops campaign to oust wildlife official who shot and killed mountain lion

    03/12/2012 9:21:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | Updated 3/12/12
    Democratic Assemblyman Ben Hueso said Friday that he is dropping his effort to oust Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards. Richards recently came under heavy fire from animal-rights groups and Democratic lawmakers after a photo in a hunting publication showed him posing with a mountain lion he shot in Idaho. Unlike in California, where voters banned killing cougars in 1990, Idaho allows the animals to be hunted. Critics said his actions, while not illegal, raised doubts about his ability to lead the commission. But hunting and fishing groups, as well as GOP lawmakers, have come to Richards' defense. Hueso,...
  • Wildlife official says he ate cougar that he shot

    03/02/2012 7:30:19 AM PST · by SmithL · 45 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/2/12 | Peter Fimrite, Marisa Lagos
    A collective gulp was almost detectable this week when California Fish and Game Commission President Daniel Richards defiantly declared to outraged legislators that he not only gunned down a mountain lion and held the carcass like a trophy, but he then ate big cat for dinner. The revelation that Richards complied with the backcountry rule that you eat what you shoot didn't do much to quiet calls in the Capitol for his head, but the perfectly legal shooting and consumption of puma meat certainly raised questions about his diet. As odd and unappetizing as the dish may sound, it isn't...
  • Cougar hunter target of try to oust him from post

    03/01/2012 1:20:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 55 replies · 5+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/1/12 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Democratic lawmakers may attempt to oust California Fish and Game Commission President Daniel Richards as early as next week following outrage over his legal killing of a mountain lion on a recent Idaho hunting trip. Assembly Democrats on Wednesday were looking into the possibility of a legislative resolution that would remove him from the board, one day after Richards sent a letter to the Legislature, the governor and other state officials defiantly defending the killing, mocking critics for their outrage and saying that - contrary to beliefs that the shooting was purely a trophy kill - he did, in fact,...
  • California legislators show their hypocrisy over hunting issue

    02/29/2012 10:05:01 AM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/29/12 | Dan Walters
    Dan Richards, who chairs the California Fish and Game Commission, is under fire in the Capitol because he killed a mountain lion in Idaho and posed with his trophy for a picture that was later published on a hunting publication website. Forty Democratic legislators signed a letter to Richards saying he should resign. "Your actions raise serious questions about whether you respect the laws of the people of California and whether you are fit to adequately enforce those laws," the lawmakers told Richards. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom later joined the chorus. So let's get this straight.... Mountain lion hunting is...
  • Game official: cougar killing no one's business

    02/28/2012 10:53:32 PM PST · by SmithL · 137 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/28/12 | Marisa Lagos
    California Fish and Game Commission President Daniel Richards said Tuesday that there is "zero chance" he will resign over a photograph showing him grinning as he holds up the body of a mountain lion he shot, killed and ate in Idaho recently. In a letter addressed to Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, one of dozens of public officials who called for Richards' resignation in recent days, Richards blasted lawmakers and others for their criticism of his hunting expedition and mocked their condemnation of the kill. Richards wrote that he did eat a cougar for dinner, did not use a high-powered...
  • Mountain Lion Spooked By Dog, Chased Up Backyard Tree

    02/23/2012 9:55:31 PM PST · by Altariel · 58 replies · 2+ views
    KCRA ^ | February 23, 2012 | Unknown
    LOS ALTOS -- A dog chased a cat up a tree Tuesday morning in the Bay Area -- same old story, right? Well, except in this case, the "cat" is a rather large mountain lion. The California Department of Fish and Game reported to an upscale home on La Barranca and Elena roads in Los Altos on Tuesday morning after learning of a mountain lion 30 to 40 feet up a tree. An 85-pound German Shepard named Cody apparently was scary enough to send the mountain lion running. The big cats have been known to eat things larger than Cody,...
  • The Inner Quest of Newt Gingrich (1995: Marianne Promised To "Undermine Everything" For Newt)

    01/18/2012 5:23:38 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 159 replies
    PBS.org ^ | September, 1995 | Gail Sheehy
    ........But his greatest presidential stumbling block may be right under his nose. At home, Newt's second wife, Marianne Ginther Gingrich, tells me she doesn't see herself in the First Lady's job. "Watching Hillary has just been a horrible experience," commiserates Marianne. "Hillary sticking her neck out is not working." What happens if Newt runs?, I ask. "He can't do it without me," she replies. "I told him if I'm not in agreement, fine, it's easy" --she giggles at her naughtiness. "I just go on the air the next day, and I undermine everything...I don't want him to be president and...
  • Mountain lion killed after preying on petting zoo ( CA )

    01/03/2012 3:19:04 PM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    Enterprise Media ^ | 28 December 2011 | DAVID DANELSKI
    The animal had been preying on domestic goats, residents and authorities said. A mountain lion that took a heavy toll on the animals in an Oak Glen petting zoo was killed on Christmas night when it returned to a sheep carcass to feed. The 7-year-old female lion had been raiding the petting zoo at Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho apple orchards. In all, 13 goats and sheep died, said Devon Riley, who owns the business in the mountains east of Yucaipa. When the goats and sheep started to disappear in late November, California Department of Fish and Game officials investigated...
  • Mountain Lion/Cougar Question/Vanity

    10/24/2011 6:19:51 PM PDT · by eastforker · 73 replies
    me | 10/24/11 | Eastforker
    I live in far NE Harris County, Texas.Got a question for all the hunters and outdoormen here.Yesterday morning I noticed about a 60 pound hog had been hit and killed down my road.I stopped to take a closer look and noticed the pig had been eaten on, from the belly, through the rib cage, the sternom and ribs chewed back several inches, all the way to the throat. Rigor had not set in yet so it was quite fresh, yesterday evening the hog was still there in the same shape it was in(except now bloated and full of flies) the...
  • Ford Said to Plan End of Forgotten Mercury After Seven Decades

    05/27/2010 1:10:15 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 81 replies · 1,471+ views
    www.businessweek.com ^ | 5-27-2010 | By Keith Naughton
    Ford Motor Co. is preparing to wind down the Mercury line, created in 1939 by Edsel Ford, after sales plunged 74 percent since 2000, said two people familiar with the plan. The automaker’s top executives are preparing a proposal to kill Mercury to be presented to directors in July, said the people, who asked not to be indentified revealing internal discussions. Mercury, losing two of four models next year, will be starved of products and promotion, the people said. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally emphasized the automaker’s namesake brand as he revived the only major U.S. automaker to avoid bankruptcy....
  • Ford considering fate of Mercury brand

    05/28/2010 6:53:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 413+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 05/28/2010 | Dee-Ann Durbin
    Mercury could soon be the latest Detroit car brand to disappear. Ford Motor Co. is assessing the future of Mercury, although a final decision on whether to kill the brand hasn't yet been made, a person familiar with the company's deliberations said Thursday. The person asked not to be named because the process is ongoing. During a trip to Washington to meet with lawmakers, Ford CEO Alan Mulally declined to discuss Mercury, saying the company has nothing new to announce. He added that Ford is continually reviewing all its brands. Several Lincoln-Mercury dealers contacted Thursday evening said they hadn't heard...
  • Adieu, Mercury. Which brand’s next? (Ford shutting down Mercury after 71 years)

    06/03/2010 6:31:08 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 48 replies · 945+ views
    MSNBC Online ^ | Paul A. Eisenstein
    Analysts say there are too many brands chasing too few buyers Mercury has come to that big garage in the sky, and there's a convoy behind it of what could be more disappearing brands. After 71 years, the Mercury brand will vanish from the market with little more than a whimper, by the end of the year. The brainchild of automotive pioneer Edsel Ford, Mercury had become little more than an afterthought on the automotive sales charts in recent years, a costly and irrelevant distraction that company officials, after years of debate, finally decided to do away with. The move...
  • Ford to End Mercury Brand This Year, Expand Lincoln

    06/02/2010 5:42:28 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 29 replies · 662+ views
    businessweek ^ | June 02, 2010 | Keith Naughton
    Ford Motor Co., after selling its European brands, said it will discontinue its 71-year-old Mercury brand by the end of the year and expand its Lincoln lineup with a new small car. Ford’s board voted today to cease production of all four of Mercury’s models in the fourth quarter, Mark Fields, the automaker’s president of the Americas, told reporters. Ford will send letters to 1,712 Mercury dealers this week offering them buyouts and giving some the chance to merge the Lincoln half of their franchise with Ford showrooms, he said.
  • Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls off the line

    09/15/2011 7:54:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 87 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | September 15, 2011: 8:51 PM ET | Peter Valdes-Dapena
    The last Ford Crown Victoria rolled off a Canadian assembly line Thursday, marking the end of the big, heavy Ford cars that have been popular with taxi fleets and police departments for decades. Since 1979, almost 10 million Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars — so-called Panther Platform vehicles — have been sold. Demand for better fuel economy and performance has choked off sales over the years. The Crown Victoria and Town Car get just 24 miles per gallon on the highway, a figure matched by some large three-row SUVs today. … The Crown Victoria and its...
  • Toddler, 18 months, attacked by cougar on Vancouver Island ( Canada )

    09/03/2011 7:35:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    The Victoria Times ^ | August 30, 2011 | CINDY E. HARNETT
    An 18-month-old boy attacked by a cougar in Pacific Rim National Park Monday was in serious condition in B.C. Children's Hospital Tuesday. Julien Sylvester's mother, Sarah Hagar, was at the hospital in Vancouver with her injured son. "The patient is in serious condition, which means he is being monitored closely," ... The family had packed up and was leaving the beach. Julien was walking three metres in front of his grandfather and an unidentified adult when the cougar leaped on the boy from a forest at the edge of the beach, Armstrong said. The cougar was momentarily daunted by Julien's...
  • Dogs Harass a Lion Hanging off a cliff

    08/20/2011 6:24:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 20, 2011
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  • DEC confirms wild mountain lion in Lake George [traveled from SD to CT]

    08/20/2011 5:15:13 PM PDT · by GJ15 · 14 replies
    Poststar.com ^ | August 19, 20111 | Don Lehman
    LAKE GEORGE -- State wildlife biologists have confirmed that a wild mountain lion passed through Warren County last winter before it was hit and killed by a car in Connecticut earlier this year. The big cat was hit by a car in Milford, Conn., on June 11. A series of DNA analyses have linked it to mountain lion fur left behind with cat paw prints in the back yard of a Lake George home last December, said Lori Severino, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Officials believe it was native to South Dakota, and said it was...
  • (High School) Law teacher, 33, videotaped herself raping 16-year-old male student in motel

    08/09/2011 6:38:41 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 105 replies · 1+ views
    DailyMail.U.K. ^ | 9th August 2011 | Paul Thompson
    FULL TITLE: Law teacher, 33, videotaped herself raping 16-year-old male student in motel, say police A High School teacher has been charged with rape after allegedly filming herself having sex with an underage student. Tara Driscoll, 33, of Bayshore, Long Island, was arrested after police obtained a copy of the video film showing her performing sex acts on the 16-year-old boy. Police said the boy, a student at Campus Magnet High School in Cambria Heights, Queens, confessed to having sex with Driscoll after being confronted by his mother. Investigators said Driscoll, who teaches law and government, picked up the underage...
  • Durkin: Wayward animals can cover vast distances

    08/02/2011 5:20:36 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    State Journal ^ | 8-2-11 | PATRICK DURKIN
    An acquaintance of mine probably wasn't surprised to hear about the cougar that wandered northern Wisconsin from January through May in 2010, disappeared, and then died June 11 after getting SUV'd on a Connecticut highway. Talk about missing your exit and ending up in the wrong town. My acquaintance can relate. Years ago, he became tired while driving on I-90/I-94, so his wife took the helm near Mauston. Before dozing off, he reminded her to take I-90 to La Crosse when the highways forked in 25 miles. No problem, she said. When he awoke, they were pulling off to gas...
  • Mountain Lion travels 1,500 miles on its own to CT.

    07/26/2011 2:35:43 PM PDT · by Peter from Rutland · 56 replies
    The Middletown Press ^ | 7/26/2011 | Unknown
    The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said today that results of genetic tests show that the mountain lion killed in Milford in June made its way to the state from the Black Hills region of South Dakota and is an animal whose movements were actually tracked and recorded as it made its way through Minnesota and Wisconsin. Genetic tests also show that it is likely that the mountain lion killed when it was hit by a car June 11 on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Milford was the same one that had been seen earlier that month in...
  • Mysterious mountain lion killed in Connecticut

    06/12/2011 1:12:01 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 72 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6-12-2011 | By Lauren Keiper
    BOSTON (Reuters) – A mountain lion was killed just 70 miles from New York City early on Saturday morning, and officials were trying to determine if it was the same big cat spotted a week ago roaming the posh suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut. The 140-pound mountain lion was hit by a small SUV on a highway in Milford, Connecticut, early Saturday morning, and died from its injuries. The driver was unhurt, officials said. With no native mountain lion population in the state, "it's possible and even likely" it is the same enormous cat with a long tail spotted last weekend...
  • Up To 8-Foot Long, 160-Pound Mountain Lion On The Loose In Greenwich, Conn.

    06/10/2011 8:03:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 164 replies
    CBS 2 ^ | June 9, 2011 | Lou Young
    Conservation Experts: This Size Cat Hasn't Been Seen Here In 100 Years. There has been a wild animal alert issued in the northern suburbs. A mountain lion, yes, a mountain lion, is on the loose. ... We’re not looking for your Aunt Mildred’s kitty here, either. This is a big cat, a 160-pound predator that hunts and eats things. ... Ironically the Eastern mountain lion was officially declared extinct only a few months ago — in March.
  • Mountain lion killed on resident's porch

    05/25/2011 4:56:20 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 62 replies
    Independent Record | ^ | May 25, 2011 | EVE BYRON
    UPDATE 9:20 a.m. - Charlene Wilkinson just wanted to read the news, not be the news when she picked up the Independent Record off her porch Wednesday morning. Then she got a call from the Helena Police dispatcher shortly after 7 a.m., telling her to stay inside and move away from the windows because a mountain lion was curled up on her front porch, precisely where she had picked up her newspaper just moments earlier. "They told me not to even look out the window because I could startle it and it could go through the window," Wilkinson said, recalling...