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#1 Spirithawk

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 05:41 PM

PHOENIX - A mountain lion attacked, killed and partially ate a New Mexico man, authorities said on Tuesday.

A search party found the body of Robert Nawojski, 55, in a wooded area near his mobile home in Pinos Altos, New Mexico, late last week, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish said.

Investigators concluded that Nawojski had been attacked and killed by a mountain lion, or cougar, at a spot close to his home, where he lived alone and was known to bathe and shave outdoors.

Spokesman Dan Williams said the lion subsequently dragged the man's body a short distance into nearby woodland and ate and buried parts of it.

Nawojski was reported missing by his brother last week. A search party found a mountain lion lurking near his home and reported it to the Department of Game and Fish, which shot and wounded the animal.

After the lion ran off, the officer found the door to the mobile home open, the water running, and Nawojski's false teeth on the table. Mountain lions are common throughout much of the Americas but they very rarely attack humans. The felines can grow up to nine feet in length, and weigh up to 260 pounds.

Since the late 19th century, there have been just over 100 attacks on people in North America, around 20 of them fatal according to Reuters.

Edited by Spirithawk, 24 June 2008 - 05:46 PM.


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Posted 24 June 2008 - 07:23 PM

I wonder did they ever kill the cat. It says they wounded it.

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 08:08 PM

Lest any suburbanites doubt it, this is still the Wild West. Cougars and black bears pretty much own the west side of Colo Springs and other front range towns. And in MT and WY the wolf population is on the steady increase. Seems the wildlife is taking back the areas. I for one am glad to see it, except for the wildlife predations and the loss of elk and deer to wolfs. I dont like to see some people get hurt

Edited by silvertip-co, 25 June 2008 - 06:53 AM.

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 08:10 PM

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yea ya gotta respect those cute little cuddly kittens :)
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Posted 24 June 2008 - 08:33 PM

I read somewhere that in California since they began keeping records back in the 1800s there have been 26 documented cougar attacks. Odd thing was that exactly half, 13 have been since hunting them was banned. That has been only about 15 years. Cats are cats and big cats are downright dangerous.
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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:00 PM

Of course they are not suppose to be here but it's been proven that we do have a few. I never set foot in the woods that I'm not armed. From rabid skunks to mountain lions you just never know. Better to have and not need than to need and not have is my motto! Two were spotted just a mile from my house. The conservation Dept denied it was possible untill a lady got them on video tape crossing her back yard! Jason has seen two, one of which was right on the edge of Branson city limits. I'd hate to have to shoot one but I don't much care for the idea of being a chew toy or a snack either! :lol:

Edited by Spirithawk, 24 June 2008 - 10:06 PM.


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Posted 24 June 2008 - 11:52 PM

Norm better to kill one then become cat pooooo!


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Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:55 PM

Reminds me of a guy I met once in central Ontario that rode with us on the barge back to fishing camp. He got off at the portage stop and took his little 12ft boat back to his cabin. He lived on this island or peninsula on the huge lake Ramsey where he lived alone for years like a hermit. The owners of lodge where we fished out of knew him for years and were sort of friend with him. Well the following year going into camp on the barge I asked about him. The owner remarked he's gone. I asked where he'd go? He's bear poo! What!? Yeah he got ate by several black bears late last summer while he was feeding them and bathing in the lake. The fish and game warden flew in to check on him found parts of him. He said the officers never did kill the bears that did it cause the bears were never found in the area.

They do have mountain lions up there - I heard one during one evening on a cliff above us while we fished for walleye - it scared the beegeebers out of us as it loudly called - sounded like a woman screaming in pain and made my buddy's and mine skin crawl being it was some 80 ft above us. The owners have heard the cat calling before as well on that side of the lake.

Edited by Rowdy Yates, 27 June 2008 - 09:46 AM.

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