Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Panther sightings in Kentucky

Here recently a rash of Panther sightings have increased in Kentucky.
Some of the county's are Carroll, Henry, Trimble, Pike,  Lawrence , Harlan ,  Floyd , Fayette
These are confirmed reports . So when you are in the woods watch for these animals.
Solitary by nature and nocturnal  the cougar is most closely related to smaller felines and is nearer genetically to the domestic cat than true lions.
An excellent stalk-and-ambush predator, the cougar pursues a wide variety of prey. Primary food sources include ungulates such as deer, elk, moose, and  bighorn sheep. as well as domestic cattle, horses and sheep, particularly in the northern part of its range. It will also hunt species as small as insects and rodents. This cat prefers habitats with dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking, but can also live in open areas. The cougar is territorial and survives at low population densities. Individual territory sizes depend on terrain, vegetation, and abundance of prey. While large, it is not always the Apex predator in its range, yielding to the jaguar, Grey wolf, American black bear and Grizzly bear. It is reclusive and usually avoids people. fatal  attacks on humans are rare, but have been trending upward in recent years as more people enter their territory .