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Cougar Attack in Amish Country?

Officials investigate possible PA mountain lion encounter

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It seems like the cougar faction is taking my advice—if you want to compete with the omnipresence of bears, you’re going to have to make some seriously bold media appearances. But they might’ve taken it too far this time: An Amish man in Sadsbury Township, Pennsylvania was attacked yesterday by what may have been a mountain lion, far away from its home range.

The man was treated at a hospital for superficial scratches to the arms, leg, and face. While the man and his neighbors were certain the offending animal was a mountain lion, state police and game commission officials haven’t been able to find any evidence. Their search resumes today.

Though recent sightings of cougars had been on the rise in this area of rural Pennsylvania, critics point out that bobcats, coyotes, wild dogs, and even large house cats are often mistaken for mountain lions.

Look, mountain lions—I understand you’re desperate to get your piece of the spotlight, but think twice before you attack Amish farmers, okay? They’re better armed than you are.

—Ted Alvarez

Sadsbury neighbors say man attacked by mountain lion (Lancaster Online)

Thanks, Jason