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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries officials have confirmed two recent cougar sightings 100 miles apart, the first sightings in recent Louisiana history. Private citizens submitted images from camera traps in Nachitoches Parish and Allen Parish. Officials say the two animals could be one in the same, but there isn’t enough evidence to definitively prove it.
“Given the time lapse between the two pictures it is certainly possible for a cougar to have traveled that distance,” Davidson said. “Both animals have the same general appearance of a young cougar, but it is impossible to determine conclusively if the animals are one and the same. It is also impossible to determine if the animals in the photographs are wild free-ranging mountain lions, or escaped captives.”
Owning cougars in Louisiana is illegal without a special LDWF permit. Given cougars’ recent penchant for cross-country jaunts, it’s certainly within the realm of possibility that they simply wanted some good ol’ Cajun and Creole cuisine. After sampling Amish country’s notoriously tasty homecooking last week, it kind of makes sense.
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