Cougar tracks

The scuttle butt on oval-shaped wide tracks with 4 toes, that are wider from left to right than narrow from top to bottom, showing a squared-off top of bottom paw-pad indicate a Feline or Cat nature, which usually turn out to be cougar or mountain lion.
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If you think you have seen a mountain lion or cougar tracks, in W. Va., you are not alone.

Here are the confirmed adult and cub cougar track found on Allegheny Front by personnel of the Eastern Puma Research Network, HC 30 Box 2233, Maysville, WV 26833.
For further information contact: John A. Lutz, Director
at 304-749-7778 or e-mail: epuma@beaconnet.net
Web site: www.easternpumaresearch.com
Confirmed Tracks of an Adult Cougar and cub from Allegheny Front in Grant County, West Virginia from February, 2006... Adult track Measured 3.9" wide, cub track measured 2.9" wide.
(Property: Eastern Puma Research Network)
Mountain Lion or cougar
Submitted by: Eastern Puma Research Network
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Mountain Lion,Catamount,Panther, and Puma,
(Some of the names for this great cat) and is found principally in the mountains.


More than 300 cougar sightings have been reported in West Virginia since 1975, according to the Eastern Puma Research Network.
Cougar tracks, West Virginia


Submitted by: John A. Lutz, Director
Eastern Puma Research Network

             Subject: confirmed WV cougar tracks
             From: "John Lutz" epuma@beaconnet.net
             Date: Wed, May 31, 2006 11:02 am am
             To: webmaster@richwooders.com

In February 2006, personnel of the Eastern Puma Research Network of Grant Co, WV responded to call of "unusual tracks" near his coal truck. On arrival 50 minutes later, we examined his tracks plus others found along nearby railraod tracks leading up Allegheny from the town of Bayard. It was then decided to pour a plaster mixture into the ground tracks so professional wildlife scientists could view them. The tracks were also photographed and measured. After collecting our "gold", the casts were sent to wildlife biology professionals in North Carolina, Iowa & New Brunswick, Canada. Each responded with "positive" replies, the tracks and pawprints are of an adult puma (cougar) and a cub. These confirmed tracks join another set of confirmed tracks located near the huge Smoke Hole Wilderness. Dozens of cougar/mountain lion sightings have been reported in this Grant County, WV wilderness for more than 100 years.

We are asking for help from any West Virginia resident who has seen or found "unusual" oval-shaped tracks with 4 toes, that are wider from left to right than narrow from top to bottom. Wide tracks with 4 toes showing a squared-off top of bottom paw-pad to contact us immediately upon their findings. Oval-shaped, wide tracks indicate a Feline or Cat nature, which usually turn out to be cougar or mountain lion.

The Eastern Puma Research Network can be reached at:epuma@beaconnet.net or by viewing our new Web-site:www.easternpumaresearch.com

Our 24 Hr Hotline Phone: 304-749-7778.

The current mailing address of E.P.R.N., is HC 30 Box 2233, Maysville, WV 26833 will soon be change due to a new 911 communications system and will be known as: Eastern Puma Research Network, 103 Fruitcake Lane, Maysville, WV 26833.

Pictures of the plaster track casts will be sent to you next.

Sincerely,

John A. Lutz, Director
Eastern Puma Research Network
www.easternpumaresearch.com



Where:                Bayard West Virginia.  These large, powerful lions or mountain cats  
                      are shy and avoid humans, you could live, your entire lifetime
                      in Lion or mountain cats country and never see one. When:                February 2006 Photo submitted by:   John A. Lutz, Director

Some Appalachian stories tell of these big cats sighting in West Virginia and Cats screaming like a woman at night in the Monongahela National Forest and the Mountains and counties surrounding Nicholas County.
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