January, February, March, April, May 2015 Mountain Lions in Virginia Update | Old Dominion Wildlife

January, February, March, April, May 2015 Mountain Lions in Virginia Update

June 1, 2015

Here are the latest reports I have received from around the Virginias:

John W writes (01/10/2015):

I have a farm in Fluvanna County.i’ve been here for 20 years and a avid outdoorsman since childhood.In the summer of 2012 about 7pm I was looking out the back window at a turkey with my binoculars.The turkey was approx 150 yards behind the house.I’m always looking out in the fields when inside and see countless deer,turkeys,coyotes,and an ocassional bear.
Back to the story-while watching the turkey,a large black cat came into view,just trotting along.I questioned what I was actually seeing.I asked myself,is that a dog,no,black coyote,no.it’s tall,long with a long tail.I know what i saw without a shadow of a doubt,100 percent.The cat probably came within 40 yards of the turkey but oddly did not pay any attention to it,just kept trotting into the woods. I’ve told quite a few people.I know they are here !

John Lutz writes (01/14/2015):

Grant County, WV recorded a low temperature of Zero, along with 3″ of SNOW…making for blustery & bitter cold day. Even in such frigid conditions, a motorist driving Rt. 717 outside of Columbia Furnace, reported what he believed was an adult cougar following a deer trail…

Eric M writes (02/13/2015):

I left my parents house one evening about 3 years ago in the Franklin county-fork mountain area. I was going to stop by the local store on my way home when a really big cat crossed in front of my truck. I thought it was just a doe at first until I noticed how it moved in front of me.I remember it was tan/brown in color…with a long tail. I seriously thought I was seeing things because I had never seen one before except in zoos. Anyway..the only people I told was my family because I figured nobody wouldve believed me.its good to know others have seen them.I haven’t seen one since.I’d like to see the game cam pics that people have gotten though

[March 2015 – No Reports Received]

Laura S writes (04/02/2015):

I wanted to tell you about a sighting of a big cat in Virginia on the 27th of July 2013. I was traveling north on 288 , at about 1:20am, in Henrico county and about 1/2 mile or maybe a little more prior to the Tuckahoe exit a big cat dashed across the road in front of me. It took up about 2/3 the lane and was very fast. It was a tanish brown with a long round tail that curved up slightly on the end. The cat was headed east. I unfortunately was alone in the car so I don’t have a second witness but I do know what I saw was a very large cat. I know they say Virginia is void of the beautiful mountain lion but I don’t believe that even without the additional evidence of prints, pictures, carcass or scat.

Carole writes (04/14/2015):

My neighbor saw a Mountain Lion when she was driving home about 10:30 at night. This occurred on Bifrost Rd in Linden, Va. A fox ran across the road in front of her car and was soon followed by the cat. It appeared almost as long as her bumper and had a long tail. She was driving very slowly because of the fox and actually hit the cat with her car. It made a loud yowl but was unhurt and ran off. I WANT TO SEE ONE!!! It would be the thrill of my life.

Eric P writes (04/29/2015):

Had two sightings of a Mountain Lion at my home in Louisa, VA in year 2014. During the winter, we had a heavy snow. I got up in the night to get a glass of water. Our breakfast area is surrounded by glass doors. We have a large light that was illuminating the snow. As I drank and looked out I saw it. Very large cat skulking around with an equally long tail. The tail was the key. Tried to find a camera, but when I got back it was gone. A few months later I was cutting grass down near our pond and looked over into the woods and the big cat was sitting there staring at me. I headed up to the house, got my phone (with camera) and a gun (I would never shoot this animal unless my life was in jeopardy) just in case and went to where I saw it. Of course, he had moved on. Seeing the mountain lion was wonderful and I have been reading up on them and other sightings in Virginia ever since. Others around Louisa have claimed to have seen a Mountain Lion recently and told me about it. I have no doubt about what I saw. Its tawny colored, very big, and absolutely beautiful. I hope I am fortunate enough to see one again.

[May 2015 – No Reports Received]

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3 Responses to January, February, March, April, May 2015 Mountain Lions in Virginia Update

  1. Anne
    October 28, 2015 at 11:56 am

    It’s nice to have some validation of cougar sightings in The Louisa area. I thought I was going crazy when I saw one yesterday evening. I was driving home around 5:30pm on Elk Creek Road in Mineral when I saw it from behind, chasing a baby cow. It was large, tan colored, and had a long tail. I’m tempted to tell the farmer who owns the property and ask if he’s missing any black, baby cows.

  2. cassidy collins
    November 13, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    One was seen in Fork Union this week. Not only is there a Facebook picture of it floating around, but someone I know saw it at a bus stop on route 650, I believe, in Fluvanna County. It seemed to fixate on the young child waiting for the bus. I advised the parents to wait for the bus in their car and should they encounter the cat again, not to turn their back on it and run, unless it makes an aggressive move. Scary stuff.

  3. November 17, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    The native, wild, free-roaming eastern puma, cougar, mountain lion, panther nor their offspring have NOT left the valleys and hills, of wild, West Virginia, despite the ridiculous claims of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife People, who are and have claimed, the lion is ‘extinct’ in most, if not all states, east of the Mississippi River. If anyone has (2016) data on 1 of these big cat’s presence across West Virginia (WV), please contact, epuma@frontier.com

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