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Horizontal Hunter
05-20-2012, 10:16 AM
Posted: May 19, 2012 6:52 PM EDT Updated: May 19, 2012 10:22 PM EDT (FOX25 / MyFoxBoston) Tyisha Fernandes




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MANCHESTER, N.H. - A New Hampshire man didn't expect that in a city of nearly 200,000 people he'd have a rare encounter with a massive wild animal.

Keith Raho tells FOX 25 he was inside his Manchester home when he saw a cougar wandering through his backyard.

Raho says it was probably a two minute encounter, but that it was quite an experience.

He later called Animal Control and showed them his video. Raho thought the animal may be a bobcat, but Animal Control told him it was a cougar.

Read more:
http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/18563455/2012/05/19/cougar-caught-on-video-in-nh-residents-back-yard

The video is also available at the link above.

Ruckus
05-20-2012, 10:58 AM
Looks like a bobcat to me. Tail is too short for a cougar

Chefjlevy87
05-20-2012, 11:26 AM
here is my problem with this, while I do believe there are cougars in new england this does not look like one, for one it is blurry as hell, a common tactic for people trying to deceive others with a photograph, also there is nothing to show its size, those leaves look awfully large compared to the cat, I say bobcat or house cat... not a cougar...

Horizontal Hunter
05-20-2012, 12:19 PM
Looks like a bobcat to me. Tail is too short for a cougar


here is my problem with this, while I do believe there are cougars in new england this does not look like one, for one it is blurry as hell, a common tactic for people trying to deceive others with a photograph, also there is nothing to show its size, those leaves look awfully large compared to the cat, I say bobcat or house cat... not a cougar...

I agree but if you look at the video you might change your mind. According to the article this was "authenticated" by NH F&W as a mountain lion.

Bob

Chefjlevy87
05-20-2012, 03:02 PM
the video does make it look like a cougar... I retract my previous statement...

Homestead
05-20-2012, 03:24 PM
I also believe that it is not a mt lion. Bobcat in it's summer coat, you can see the short tail flipping back and forth.
Mt lion tails are much longer and heavier. I think N.H. Fish and Game should be a little more careful when looking at pictures.JMO

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Buck74
05-20-2012, 03:33 PM
I also think it's a bobcat. Watching the video the tail is too short to be a mountain lion. IMO

farmerjim
05-20-2012, 04:38 PM
i'm going to say it's a bobcat short tail and if you watch the video and look closely at the face its def more pronounced as a bobcat. the ears seem to be more pointed than mtn lion and if you look really close you can see how the fur tufts out on the sides near the ears very typical of a bobcat. i think the nh fish and wildlife need to possibly study up some more on their idenitifications.

Spotted Crow
05-20-2012, 04:39 PM
I agree ,After a long view of the video, rewind,pause,rewind,pause. I noticed not only can you see the short tail but you can see the black tip. Also you can make out the cats beard( tuffts)! I now agree Bobcat!

passinthru63
05-20-2012, 06:00 PM
I'm going bobcat as well. That short curled tail is a dead giveaway.

Lab Man 58
05-20-2012, 06:11 PM
She looks a little young to be a cougar, but she's hot. Oh ... we are talking about the reporter ... right?

vanbowhunts
05-20-2012, 06:31 PM
I'm voting bobcat as well..6585 I got this pic in Worcester, Ma....it didn't look like that! ;) lol

MCM
05-20-2012, 06:34 PM
I heard it was confirmed as a bobcat.

StoneCrusher
05-20-2012, 08:46 PM
Nothing in that video resembles a mountain lion.

1) the tail is short with a black tip. (bobcat)
2) the face has tufts of hair at the jaw line (bobcat)
3) It could be agrued that it is possibly a linx (large tufts of hair at jaw line), but it does not have tufts of hair at the ear tip.
(still going with a bobcat)

bobbythehunter
05-20-2012, 09:25 PM
bobcat goldthwaithe for sure!

Spotted Crow
05-21-2012, 10:53 AM
LMAO @ Bobby! (Bobcat says)"rrraahhharraahahaHAHSHSJHAHTHAS A BOBCAT! AHsythghs!!"

joemichael
05-21-2012, 10:53 PM
The article has been edited to say "bobcat" instead of "cougar." But it still describes it as a "massive wild animal." Sounds kinda funny

tail chaser
05-22-2012, 12:25 PM
You can see the hair on its neck that is customary to a bobcat.