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To report a sighting, please fill out & submit this form.
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Distance To Animal:

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Tracks Found:                       Photos:

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Did You Feel Any Danger From The Animal?


Additional Comments:

Never approach a cougar when it's sleeping, eating or has cubs present.
If hiking rural areas, always use a sturdy walking stick & keep children close to you.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times.  If you see a Cougar, DO NOT RUN!
If you come upon a Puma in the wild, talk to & think of it as an overgrown female house cat & keep eye contact.
Try to get a tree between you & the Cougar.  Don't try to climb the tree, they do.
Stand up!  Don't crouch down.  Make yourself as big & visible as possible.
Remember, it's a rare event to observe a secretive, sly & elusive North American Puma or Black Panther in its natural habitat.  Treat the event as an honor, not fear!
There are no documented attacks on humans by native Eastern Mountain Lion in 100 years.

They are not maneaters & they are aware of your presence long before you are aware of theirs.

They are only seen when they are feeling comfortable with the surroundings.

Documented reports by trained observers have occured in every state east of the Mississippi River.

7,700+ sightings since 1960, 63% by trained observers with wildlife, forestry management, or law enforcement backgrounds.

Majority of eastern wildlife biologists CANNOT distinguish differences between dog & Puma tracks.

Puma is North America's largest native feline.

A wild American Lion's life span is 21 years.

Documented "clusters" of Pumas, Cougars, Panthers have been verified in eastern United States since early 1900's.