Americans are crazy

SethBullock

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We have coyotes behind my house every night. I've seen coyotes, wolves, cougars, several species of venomous snakes, skunks, feral hogs, and bobcats. We have alligators and a few jaguars in TX, and bears in other parts of the US. I would be most afraid of the cougars. (Jaguars are VERY rare.) A friend of my father in law heard a commotion outside his rural home. He got outside just in time to see a cougar jumping a 2m+ (7 ft) fence with a 20kg goat in his mouth. This was about 18 years ago, but it stuck with me.
The average female cougar weighs 55kg (121 lbs). The average male adult weighs 68 kg (150 lbs). But some males can grow up to 100kg (220 lbs). A friend of mine was scouting elk in northeastern Oregon when he came across an elk kill. It was an adult cow elk. An adult cow elk is a rather large animal. He attached a game camera to a nearby tree and came back the following day and retrieved the camera. This is what he found on it. Look at the size of that brute! That was easily one of those 220+ lbs male cougars. For perspective, that is an adult cow elk in the foreground of the picture.

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mothra

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:) :):thumb

but who doesn't love big cats.? They represent freedom and power.
I really dig wolves. I'd love to see one in the wild. I'd love to watch a pack for a few weeks.

I'd also like not to get eaten. Especially the way wolves do it. Big cats (umlike little cats) tend to kill quick but wolves just tear away at whatever they can get hold of.

And did i mention bears yet? Not merciful.
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
I really dig wolves too.

Dogs , wolves. Canines. Best people.

SIGH. I really love horses..... and they like me... but I couldn't have one ...

too much $$$$

But hey we have Asian Buffalo.. nasty beasts when wild, and wild HOGS, mean critters

Camels ( crushed in a stampede?)
Imports all.. they hurt this place ( yeah I know, feral horses too)


I wish Australia was not so degraded by hard-hoofed animals , but it is. Not getting any better either.
 

mothra

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I really dig wolves too.

Dogs , wolves. Canines. Best people.

SIGH. I really love horses..... and they like me... but I couldn't have one ...

too much $$$$

But hey we have Asian Buffalo.. nasty beasts when wild, and wild HOGS, mean critters

Camels ( crushed in a stampede?)
Imports all.. they hurt this place ( yeah I know, feral horses too)


I wish Australia was not so degraded by hard-hoofed animals , but it is. Not getting any better either.

I love horses too. And for our international friends, an idea of how dangerous Australian wildlife really is lies in the horse, which kills more Australians every year than any other animal.

We're not really that scary.
 

Texan

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I really dig wolves too.

Dogs , wolves. Canines. Best people.

SIGH. I really love horses..... and they like me... but I couldn't have one ...

too much $$$$

But hey we have Asian Buffalo.. nasty beasts when wild, and wild HOGS, mean critters

Camels ( crushed in a stampede?)
Imports all.. they hurt this place ( yeah I know, feral horses too)


I wish Australia was not so degraded by hard-hoofed animals , but it is. Not getting any better either.
Wolves are huge, mean, smart, and fast. Don't try to pet one. I love dogs.

Feral hogs get up to 500 lbs here. (225 kg?) There are over a million in Texas alone and they multiply like rabbits and do huge damage to property. No license is required to hunt them and they are always in season. Shoot on site. They are not native to Texas and are considered to be a pest. My wife's niece hit a hog with her pickup and totalled it a few years ago.
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
but you might.

You know there are lots of reports about large felines in SEQ.
Stories of american mascots being released to escapes from circuses and lion parks that used to be here in the past.

Oh and Yowies too.! Let us not forget about them.
 

SethBullock

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Staff member
but you might.

You know there are lots of reports about large felines in SEQ.
Stories of american mascots being released to escapes from circuses and lion parks that used to be here in the past.

Oh and Yowies too.! Let us not forget about them.
Yowies?
 
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