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Are there mountain lions in Advance?Posted Saturday, July 7, 2007, at 11:11 AM
My very first blog deals with a wildlife issue which has been puzzling the Advance area for years --- Do we, or do we not, have mountain lions (alias "cougars," alias "pumas," alias "BIG CATS WITH SHARP, POINTY TEETH) in the hills of Crowley's Ridge, Missouri???
Sightings of these elusive creatures have been reported in the Tillman area of Crowley's Ridge (where I live) for more than 50 years. A year or so ago, Jim Rodgers, a neighbor of mine, was on KFVS TV relating the story of a mountain lion spotted on County Rd 322 near here. A Missouri Conservation rep came out to interview Jim and seemed to conclude that Jim's fiancee had probably seen a Golden Retriever - not a lion. Why are the Conservation people so reluctant to admit that the big lions are in the area? Are they afraid of widespread panic in the general population??
Well, it would appear that there is photographic proof now - in the form of a night shot, taken by another neighbor out here in the Tillman area. Even more shocking is a video filmed on a police camcorder by Sgt. David Garner of the Advance Police Department. The video shows a big cat prowling in the Semo Readimix lot just across Highway 25 from Town & Country Supermarket. That is in the Advance city limits, folks!!
I have the video on DVD, but, being technologically challenged, I have not found a way to convert it to a photograph. I also understand that I can't post the video on this site. Mmmmmmmmmm!!!
Maybe I should be carrying a shotgun when I take my dog pack walking on the lane? My neighbor's renter has planted corn next to the lane - and I never know what's gonna jump out at me! I keep expecting to see a big cat one of these dark evenings.. If you don't hear from me again, you'll know what happened.
From the Tillman OutBack, this is NSC reporter, Madeline DeJournett, signing off for Saturday, July 7, 2007
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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