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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:13 PM
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Poll question: What is the name of that big, North American, wild cat?
People seem to have different names for the big feline depending on where they are.

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:14 PM
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1. Larry
but his friends call him Debby
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:15 PM
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2. Dino.
And he's guarding the kitten under my daughter's bed at the moment.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:23 PM
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3. Someone who finally appreciates my good taste.
x(
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:40 PM
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4. Puddy tat?
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:44 PM
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5. i've always heard mountain lion
i think panther is the proper name used in written literature, for instance, we are always hearing of the trials and tribulations of the virtually extinct florida panther, i guess it would be silly to refer to this subspecies as a mountain lion tho consider the number of mountains they got in florida
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Lowell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:14 PM
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14. Whoa Pitohui! Our panthers are not gone yet
True the numbers are dwindling, but they are still here. In fact they have been discovered further north in the state than in previous decades. When I was a kid I heard one on the Withlachoocee River one night. Fifty years later, a few months ago, I actually got to see one in the wild in the glades. I've seen them twice in my lifetime here in Florida. We're doing everything we can to preserve them, except curb developing in their natural habitat. It would be a terrible thing to let these beautiful, magnificant cats die out.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:15 PM
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18. good to know it
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 04:17 PM by pitohui
if there is a mountain lion left in louisiana, i'd be mighty surprised, most people i've heard say they saw one or got one, it turned out to be a bobcat

i'm serious, a lil ole bobcat!

i realize they have scientists actively working on the florida panther tracking them, i was just reminded of a silly story of a friend who stayed with a hunter and thought he had a mountain lion in the freezer -- bobcat, of course, i don't know if it would even be legal anymore to hunt a mountain lion
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Lowell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:23 PM
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24. We have lots of bobcats
but you can easily tell the difference between them and a panther. Size, tail and distinctive facial markings. They are beautiful creatures.
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Twillig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:52 PM
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6. Gotta be Cougar!
How else could the Wazzu Coug's Coug it?
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:53 PM
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7. Mellencamp
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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:53 PM
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8. In TX they're cougars.
Not that there's any left.....
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:03 PM
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9. I've heard both cougar and mountain lion.
I'm aware of the other terms, but I never hear anyone using them.

A few years ago my grandfather told me to carry a 0.357 when hiking in the Pacific NW because of the big kitty. I told him if a mountain lion was determined to attack me I would be dead before I ever had a chance to draw a revolver. Imagine the stealth and athletic prowess of house cat scaled up to the size of a mountain lion.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:08 PM
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10. In PA, they're cougars.
:shrug:
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:10 PM
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11. Despite the presence of mountains. Interesting.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:13 PM
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13. Well, you can't really call what we've got "mountains".
Not compared to the Rockies. Our East Coast mountains are old and worn-down. They're basically big hills. :)
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Mendocino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:58 PM
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26. Granted, some of those southern mountains might be big hills,
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 07:00 PM by Mendocino
but the Presidential Range(New Hampshire) and Mount Kathadin in Maine are big mountains. I've been up them, just as equipped for going 10,000+ footers in the west, and glad I was.

On edit, I call them cougars.
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:11 PM
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12. Grumman, not North American
North American built the P-51 Mustang.

:P



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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:15 PM
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15. I blow raspberries at you.
Grumman also built the LeM for project Apollo while N.A. built the Command Module.
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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:15 PM
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16. Rachael Ray n/t
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:25 PM
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17. Why, is she catty?
:evilgrin:
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:21 PM
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19. Wilma and Wilbur Wildcat


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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:25 PM
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20. In California they are Mountain Lions.
We have quite a few of them here, both in the mountains and down into the foothills and the valley near the rivers and in preserves and such. Pretty much anyplace deer are.
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:38 PM
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21. Once, at my in-law's in the Berkshires...
I was sleeping on their screened-in porch when a noise woke me up. I turned on the light and a mountain lion was on the other side of screen about three feet away from me. I screamed and it ran away.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:41 PM
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22. I'm partial to puma myself
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hyphenate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:03 PM
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23. More than one of the above
I usually call one a mountain lion or cougar. Once in awhile, I just call it a big kitty. :)

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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:15 PM
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25. Pete (serious Looney Tunes aficionados will understand) n/t
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