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    Default Mountain Lions in Alaska?

    Have any of you seen a Mountain Lion in Alaska?

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    I've seen that. Thats really old.

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    If I recall, a few years back somebody shot one somewhere in So. East AK.....
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    There have been several reputable sightings in the Interior- most recently in Salcha.
    I've had a conversation with one of the rangers down in Wrangell St-Elias and they have found signs of Mt. Lion activity in the park- likely wandering in from Canada with the mild winters we've had last few years.

    There have been multiple photographs of mule deer between Salcha and Eielson last two years as well- so a lion wandering in with the mule deer isn't exactly a large leap since the two species are pretty much found together everywhere else.

    Excursions into AK and getting an established population aren't the same thing, but last winter was milder than Idaho's...so it is certainly possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hodgeman View Post
    There have been several reputable sightings in the Interior- most recently in Salcha.
    I've had a conversation with one of the rangers down in Wrangell St-Elias and they have found signs of Mt. Lion activity in the park- likely wandering in from Canada with the mild winters we've had last few years.

    There have been multiple photographs of mule deer between Salcha and Eielson last two years as well- so a lion wandering in with the mule deer isn't exactly a large leap since the two species are pretty much found together everywhere else.

    Excursions into AK and getting an established population aren't the same thing, but last winter was milder than Idaho's...so it is certainly possible.
    A buddy of mine actually showed me a pic he snapped of a mule deer doe last fall right outside the Ft Greely airstrip fence south of delta. Pretty crazy! I guess like you've said there have been multiple sights of does and bucks between Delta and Fairbanks. Maybe they are here to stay. Who knows.

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    Well..... About 2 weeks ago I was headed North out of Valdez about an hour north. I saw something cross the road about 100 yards ahead of me. The body and tail were about 1/2 of a lane in length. The tail was maybe 1/4 the length of the animal. The head was more straight with the body than upright. Brown in color, low to the ground.

    I have seen wolves before, lynx, African game and all sorts of animal. I could not in my mind place this animal as anything I have seen before.

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    I've never seen a mountain lion. I'm certain there are deer around fairbanks though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wilderness View Post
    I've seen that. Thats really old.
    That tells you people have been seeing them here for a long time!
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    Two have been killed in Southeast in the past 10 or so years. One on Wrangell Island and one on Kupreanof Island. There have been reports of sightings on both Mitkof Island and Prince of Wales Island.

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    I've run into a few sabertooths in Fairbanks around closing time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Milo View Post
    I've run into a few sabertooths in Fairbanks around closing time.
    Sabertooth's or snaggletooth's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milo View Post
    I've run into a few sabertooths in Fairbanks around closing time.
    Cool story bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilderness View Post
    Have any of you seen a Mountain Lion in Alaska?

    I saw one sitting next to the Gulkana Sheep yesterday!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveinthebush View Post
    Well..... About 2 weeks ago I was headed North out of Valdez about an hour north. I saw something cross the road about 100 yards ahead of me. The body and tail were about 1/2 of a lane in length. The tail was maybe 1/4 the length of the animal. The head was more straight with the body than upright. Brown in color, low to the ground.

    I have seen wolves before, lynx, African game and all sorts of animal. I could not in my mind place this animal as anything I have seen before.

    I don't know what that was but mountain lions don't have tails that short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    Sabertooth's or snaggletooth's?
    Ha...!!! that's what I was thinking....I think he meant to say an old snaggletooth...!!!
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    At 100 yards by estimate could be off. I am sure not all of them are hung the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveinthebush View Post
    At 100 yards by estimate could be off. I am sure not all of them are hung the same.
    Mt. Lions do have pretty long tails though....
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    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...uma?highlight=

    Another puma thread from a few years ago.

    The lion I saw in the mid 90's crossed the hiway about half mile or so ahead of me and had the distinct drooping, then up tail, that I would say was about equal to the body length. Very, very distinctive feature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Ha...!!! that's what I was thinking....I think he meant to say an old snaggletooth...!!!
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