Proof: Hunter In Louisiana Provides Cougar Picture

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) received a picture of a cougar in Vernon Parish during the summer of 2011. The picture came from a trail camera picture taken Aug. 13, 2011. LDWF Large Carnivore Program Manager Maria Davidson and biologist Brandon Wear conducted an on site investigation that confirmed the authenticity of the photograph.

Of course they give the tired old spill of we don't know if it is wild it could be an escaped pet blah blah blah. That statement totally ignores the fact that most of these cougars are shown not to be escaped pets and that wild cougars, usually young males set out looking to establish their own place to live and can and have been documented traveling halfway across the United States.

Cougars that occur in Louisiana are protected under state and federal law. Penalties for taking a cougar in Louisiana may include up to one year in jail and/or a $100,000 fine. Anyone with any information regarding the taking of a cougar should call the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511. Callers may remain anonymous and may receive a cash reward.

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