Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Experts remain skeptical of big cat sightings

Experts remain skeptical of big cat sightings


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. State biologists say they have yet to find anything to support several reported sightings over the past year of cougars or other big cats in southern Indiana.


The sightings have come from several spots in Monroe County, with other reports from neighboring Owen and Greene counties.


One woman believes she saw a black panther mauling seven of her pigs in their fenced enclosure at her home outside Ellettsville.


State wildlife experts say there hasn't been a confirmed report of a big cat in Indiana since 1851, but cougars have been spotted in western and southern Illinois in recent years.


Officials say they need conclusive evidence -- such as a photo or tracks -- to confirm a sighting as real.


For the cats,


Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue

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to more than 100 big cats

12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625

813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

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