Cougars In Oklahoma
Mountain lions (Puma concolor), also commonly called cougars and pumas, are not officially recognized as Oklahoma wildlife. However, cougars have been spotted throughout the state, as far east as Tulsa, Vinita and Grand Lake, and officially documented on many occasions. Locations of documented cougar sightings and encounters listed on the ODWC website (Oklahoma Department Of Wildlife Conservation) include Tulsa, Osage, Tillman, Noble, Grady and Cimarron counties. Cougars can be dangerous to have around, killing wildlife and pets, and on occasion attacking humans. If you suspect a cougar is in your immediate area, please give us a call.
Mountain Lion Control In Oklahoma
Mountain lion populations are supposedly, officially, only found in thirteen states, however, as man has moved farther into their territory cougars have been displaced and have reacted by expanding their range into other areas, including Oklahoma. Mountain lions are known to roam very long distances and some of the cougars captured or killed in Oklahoma were found to have tracking collars originating as far away as the Black Hills of South Dakota - indicating that not all sightings are released "pets".
The laws are confusing regarding hunting, trapping and shooting cougars in Oklahoma. But, there are other alternatives. Ned Bruha, The Skunk Whisperer, has encountered oklahoma mountain lions on several occasions and can help with both reactive and preventative measures should cougars move into your area.
Oklahoma Livestock Attacked By Cougars
According to the Oklahoma Department Of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC), evidence of cougars in oklahoma, particularly the western half can be traced back to 1852. Mountain lions commonly prey on livestock such as goats, sheep and cattle. The photos shown below of the skull and rear area of a heifer are an example of such attacks.
The first photo is representative of the many goats killed by mountain lions in Oklahoma. The second photograph to the right is picture of a cow that had been attacked by an oklahoma cougar as well. Note the claw marks on the cow where the cougar planted its teeth into the anus area, and then attempted to dig into the hide with its claws in order to take it down.
This cow's photo was taken at least two weeks after the said attack. The cow was protecting a calf, and obviously got in the way. It took a considerable amount of time to take this picture, as she was still quite "spooked". Ned Bruha, also known as The Skunk Whisperer®, attempted to remedy the problem with this particular mountain lion after it had depleted all the poultry in the area, and had jumped over the top of horse stalls in an attempt to have a foal for dinner. Bruha became the hunted when the lion marked his truck on top of the morning dew, and also placed tracks all around the vehicle... getting within 25 yards of Bruha. Mountain lions are smart animals. Bruha encountered the lion again 2½ miles south of the original spot a week later once again harassing a rancher's cattle.
Feral Dog Attacks
Feral dog attacks are frequently blamed on mountain lions in Oklahoma, as well as the rest of the United States. Please note that a feral dog pack will not typically be able to defend fresh kills or drag them out of harm's way. Dogs will attack mountain lions in different areas of the body. If you lose cattle, sheep or pets to an attack, shave the dead animal's fur off and take pictures. This work will greatly assist us in identifying the animal that attacked yours. Without your animals fur removed, claw and bite marks will not be easily distinguished. If you cannot or will not do this work, hire a veterinarian or sheep shearing business to do so.
Mountain lion safety in Oklahoma starts with knowledge, consequently, we've prepared further information for you on mountain lion control, including puma removal options, prevention and safety, and what to do if attacked. We've also put together a facts section with information on names, appearance, roaming habits, reproduction, lifespan, habitat range, sings to look for and even some cougar sounds for you to hear.
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