I see deer and turkey in that field all the time south of Village Quarter, guess it would be a good spot for a hungry kitty. Has anyone checked to see if cougars are protected in Indiana? I'm ready to go huntin!
Heres a sighting for ya, my dad saw a cougar plain as day in a pasture in SW Greene county, it was sunning itself when he drove by and watched it run away. It was a yellowish brown and about the size of a large dog.
God, Guns, and Guts made America, why are we trying to take them away?
With recent changes in the law it sounds like most exotic species are now protected and no longer fair game in Indiana. Guess you could only shoot the cougar in self defense.
312 IAC 9-3-18.5
Adds a new administrative rule that prohibits the taking of exotic mammals and intentionally releasing them into the wild in Indiana. This new rule prohibits the hunting of exotic mammals such as fallow deer, elk, antelope, and zebra in Indiana. Exotic mammals that are lawfully possessed would not be able to be intentionally released into the wild in Indiana; if one escapes, a conservation officer would have to be notified within 24 hours. Wild boar would be allowed to be taken at any time due to disease concerns and the potential for damage to property. Other species of exotic mammals would be able to be taken by a landowner or tenant when causing damage to property. This new rule also authorizes the possession of exotic mammals from a family listed in this rule only as allowed by statute or administrative rule. This list of families of exotic mammals is designed to include all species of mammals found throughout the world that could potentially be possessed in captivity and hunted.
312 IAC 9-3-18.5 Exotic mammals Authority: IC 14-22-2-6, IC 14-22-32-6 Affected: IC 14-22 Sec. 18.5. (a) A person must not take, as defined by IC 14-8-2-278, an exotic mammal that is a species from any of the following families of mammals: (1) Bradypodidae (tree sloth). (2) Bovidae (gazelle, big-horn sheep, antelope, and wildebeest), except for domestic cattle (genus Bos, including all dairy and beef animals) and buffalo (Bison bison). (3) Camelidae (camel and llama). (4) Canidae (jackal, wild dog, and other exotic foxes). (5) Cebidae (marmoset). (6) Cercopithecidae (baboon and monkey). (7) Cervidae (elk, moose, caribou and other exotic deer). (8) Dasypodidae (armadillo) (9) Elephantidae (elephant). (10) Equidae (wild horse and zebra), except for domestic horses. (11) Felidae (mountain lion, lynx, tiger, and other exotic cats). (12) Giraffidae (giraffe and okapi). (13) Hippopotamidae (hippopotamus). (14) Hyaenidae (hyaena). (15) Lorisidae (potto and bushbaby). (16) Macropodidae (kangaroo and wallaby). (17) Manidae (pangolin). (18) Mustelidae (otter, weasel, polecat and badger). (19) Myrmecophagidae (anteater). (20) Orycteropodidae (aardvark). (21) Pongidae (chimpanzee, bonobo and gorilla). (22) Procaviidae (hyrax). (23) Procyonidae (ring-tail cat and coatimundi). (24) Protelidae (aardwolf). (25) Rhinocerotidae (rhinocerus). (26) Suidae (wild boar and other exotic swine), except for domestic swine. (27) Tapiridae (tapir). (28) Tayassuidae (javelina and peccary). (29) Tragulidae (chevrotain). (30) Ursidae (bear). (31) Viverridae (civet, genet and mongoose). (32) A hybrid or genetically altered mammal of any of these families.
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), a person may take an exotic mammal only under one of the following:
(1) the exotic mammal is taken by a resident landowner or tenant while causing damage to property that is owned or leased by the landowner or tenant; (2) the exotic mammal is a species from the family Suidae and has been released or escaped from captivity or is a member of a breeding population in the wild; or (3) the exotic mammal is a species from the family bovidae, camelidae or cervidae and slaughtered in accordance with IC 15-2.1-24. (c) A person may not possess an exotic mammal that is a species from a family listed in subsection (a) except as otherwise provided by statute or by this article. (d) A person may not release an exotic mammal that is a species from a family listed in subsection (a) into the wild in Indiana except as otherwise provided by statute or by this article. A person must report the escape of any exotic mammal listed in subsection (a) to a conservation officer within twentyfour (24) hours. (e) As used in this rule, "exotic mammal" means a species that is: (1) not native to Indiana; or (2) extirpated from Indiana and either: (A) a wild animal; or (B) a feral animal other than a dog or cat.
A Clay City school teacher snapped a pic on his cell phone while bow hunting last Saturday. Monty - he was hunting along I-70, so this could be in your area! Might want to set the trailcam out with some meat in front of it?
This was taken 20 miles south of my house. Cool pic..Lots of reports of big cats in this area and southern Michigan..but the DNR will not admit to anything?? One was hit by a car and when the DNR came out ..they reported back that it was a deer?? Not sure why they don't want to admit they are around..I would guess they may be liable for their actions??