Wild Animals/Cougar sounds

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Many years ago in the Whiteshell area of Manitoba, Canada, we had a big cat visit us.  (Think it was because of the tabby kittens we had at our cabin)  I am sure I remember a long tail.
The sounds that came from this animal sounded like braaaaaack? braaaaack? braaaaack?  Do Cougars ever make that noise?  Or could you suggest a cat from the our wild north that might?

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Dear Hatty

Thank you for your question. I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used.

http://www.wildcatconservation.org/canadian-cats/ says that cougars have been seen in Manitoba, so it is possible that you saw one, especially as Canada lynxes and bobcats tend to have very short tails. There is additional information at http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/chance-encounter-with-cougar-in-manitoba-, http://www.naturenorth.com/winter/Cougar/cougars_mb_NN.pdf and http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/cougar-and-cub-sighting-at-victoria-beach. Please note that Bill Watkins (http://www.naturenorth.com/winter/Cougar/Cougar_1.html) suggests that there is insufficient evidence to prove that cougars exist in Manitoba.

You should contact Joanne Hutlet at http://www.manitobacougar.com/, as she is collecting information about cougars in Manitoba.

http://www.soundboard.com/sb/Cougar_Puma_Sounds gives calls of cougars. https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080623165010AAmGKo8 mentions a bark-like sound, which could correspond to the sound you heard.

I hope this helps

All the best

Jonathan

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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.

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I have a zoology degree and have been interested in animals since I was two. I am a zoo volunteer at London Zoo. I have appeared on a BBC Radio Quiz, 'Wildbrain'.

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BSC degree in Zoology. 'A' level in Zoology. 'O' Level in Biology.

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