If you live in rural west Ottawa, this story won’t surprise you. For years there have been tales (pardon the pun) of a cougar that roams between the Carp Ridge and the (other) Mississippi River.
In West Carleton it’s existence is widely accepted as fact. It’s claw marks have been it’s signature in the flank/or rumps of several unsuspecting horses. It’s mark has been made on many a large ash tree. My neighbor saw this wild creature in the mow of his barn one day on 2nd Line. He went in to do chores one fine morning, looked up and guess what was looking down?
Yes, but tell this story in other locales and be prepared; you may as well be telling someone you saw an alien in the haystack. lol.
Well, here we go. Physical evidence. We are NOT crazy in West Carleton after all!
Recently found by hunters near Thunder Bay this weekend, an exceedingly rare sight: A bona fide cougar, a species considered endangered in Ontario.
This animal was frozen and apparently had starved. It also had some porcupine quills in it’s muzzle, probably it’s last attempt at survival.
The hunters loaded the cat up in their truck and took it to the local MNR.
Ladies and gentleman, there are cats in them thar hills. I knew it!