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 -( 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.

To report verifiable sightings of cougars with photos, tracks or scat, please call Maria Davidson at 225-931-3061, or contact Robert Gosnell at 225-763-5448 or [email protected] .

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Rachel Morris
Rachel Morris
5 years ago

One ran across the road in front of me a couple of months ago. I believe I had already crossed toledo bend dam and heading toward Burkville, I’m pretty sure I had already crossed into Texas.

6 years ago

Anyone that would declaw a cat like this needs to be taken out and beaten with a heavy club. These cats are beautiful I have seen them up close where in the area where I live out here in the desert. Ant person that would harm one of these big cats does deserve to be sitting in jail for a very long time.