Dead Cougar Found in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Abbeville, LA -(Ammoland.com)- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) responded to a report of a dead cougar along LA Hwy. 12 in Calcasieu Parish west of Dequincy.

The animal was found late afternoon on Friday, Nov. 7. A necropsy performed by LDWF staff determined that the cougar was a 70-pound adult that had been declawed on all four paws. Decomposition made the immediate exact age and cause of death more difficult to determine. However, the cause of death remains under investigation. The origin of the cougar is unknown at this time.

There are no personal captive cougar permits currently issued in the state due to public safety concerns, therefore it is unlawful for anyone to possess a cougar in Louisiana, other than a certified zoo.

The mountain lion, cougar, panther or puma are names that refer to the same animal. Their color ranges from lighter tan to brownish grey. Cougars in Louisiana are protected under state and federal law. Anyone convicted of killing a cougar in Louisiana could face civil restitution of up to $4,351 and federal citations with additional fines and penalties.

To report information related to the dead cougar found Nov. 7, contact LDWF’s Enforcement Division Lake Charles office at 337-491-2580.

Anyone with any information regarding persons owning a pet cougar should call LA Operation Game Thief, inc. at 1-800-442-2511. Callers may remain anonymous and may receive a cash reward.

About the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.

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ray hampton
ray hampton
7 years ago

If this site need to fix this site

RDNK
RDNK
7 years ago

The term ‘harvested’ is used sometimes in lieu of ‘kill’,why,who knows !?!? Also I’ve notice some people calling their firearms/guns ‘tools’ ! Again,who the hell knows why ! Then only thing I can figure its to mollycoddle the gun-grabbers so they dont get scared ! Can you imagine hearing,..Hey Charlie, what tools are you taking to the lease on opening day’ ? I always carry some plyers,sockets,screwdrivers,etc.in my p/u in case I have engine trouble on the road ! Those are tools,not my firearms !

TEX
TEX
7 years ago

I harvest my crops ! I shoot and kill mountain lions in Texas whenever I see one !

Txkstew
Txkstew
7 years ago

Texas Parks and Wildlife web site says Mountain Lions are not protected, and can be harvested anytime. I have heard that there is a Florida species that is protected.

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/hunting/nongame-and-other-species