Wild Animals/Wild Cat in PA


Cherie wrote at 2010-11-24 06:37:57
I have researched the Puma, versus the Bobcat and/or Lynx. The Bobcat or Lynx seems to fit the description (although you did not mention any other markings aside from the main fur color). The size is about right for these two breeds of cats. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynx This website covers the sizes and coloration of both the Bobcat and the Lynx, versus the Puma http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cougar.  

JoAnn Rader wrote at 2011-10-03 01:01:20
I seen a large black cat, definitly not a house cat, yesterday morning running across the road right up the road from my house. Its tail was very long and body very large. I stopped to see if I could see him again as it ran into the brush and woods. But unfortunatly It was gone.I came home and was telling my husband and my son came in and I had forgotten last year before Halloween My son and a friend was down back in our woods and came up and told us they seen a big black cat and they were scared. They were both 12 years old. I went down to look that time but it was gone. It took awhile to talk them into going back down, It was starting to get dark when they saw it. I seen it in morning around 10 am or so. I hope to get a reply. I would be glad to let you know where our sitings were.

Gordo wrote at 2014-12-22 01:01:29
6 inch white tip on the tail probably means it was a fox, not a cat family animal. Foxes are quite common in Pennsylvania.

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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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