Tuesday, 23 December 2014
US SIGHTINGS: Elusive Mountain Lion Spotted On Pawnee County Land
Posted: Dec 06, 2014 12:41 AM GST Updated: Dec 06, 2014 12:43 AM GST
PAWNEE COUNTY, Oklahoma -
The very elusive mountain lion has been spotted twice in Green Country this fall.
Both sightings - one in Mayes County, the other near Cleveland - came from clear trail camera pictures, confirmed by the Wildlife Department.
The Wildlife Department says about 90 percent of the reports it gets on mountain lion sightings are cases of mistaken identity - dogs, bobcats, even big house cats - but there was no mistaking the animal that showed up on a Pawnee County game camera on October 17.
“I just thought it was really neat to see one on camera,” said Pawnee County hunter Grant Krotzer.
Krotzer has been hunting his family's private property near Cleveland since he was a kid.
Tucked away between the oak and cedar trees on that land is Krotzer's trail camera, to help him get an idea of what's out here.
“So I know what to hunt, see if I want to hunt out here or not,” he said.
Krotzer has seen a little bit of everything, always hoping for a big buck, but never expecting a mountain lion.
“And then, then the mountain lion's there,” said Krotzer.
Proof is rare in Oklahoma and because of the bright, shining eyes in Krotzer's picture, he said there were some non-believers.
“That's why I think a lot of people thought it was fake, because its eyes were glowing so much,” he said.