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Some cats are bigger than others ......
Lens: DA* 60-250 Camera: K5IIS Photo Location: Calgary, Alberta ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/640s Aperture: F4.8 
Posted By: daacon, 06-08-2015, 12:37 PM

As much as I would like to say this was seen while I was hiking the back country in the Alberta Wilds , this was taken at the Calgary Zoo. Either way it's a big ass cat !

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Impressive animal!
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Need more than just one sachet of cat food for that beast.

A great shot, just look at the size of those paws.

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Impressive animal!
Thanks Fries indeed the cougar is one impressive beast.

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Need more than just one sachet of cat food for that beast.
A great shot, just look at the size of those paws.
Thanks Kerrowdown - yep one swipe from those and all your troubles go away

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much safer to view as you did than being surprised on a trail stalking you.
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Nice! We have some around here and I get nervous from time to time on my adventures when I'm alone and I feel like I'm being watched!
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much safer to view as you did than being surprised on a trail stalking you.
Yep would not want to run into that cat in the wild.

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Nice! We have some around here and I get nervous from time to time on my adventures when I'm alone and I feel like I'm being watched!
Thanks matt they are native to Alberta as well never seen one in the wild which like you say is probably a good thing.
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Nice shot Dave....and a better way to view one. Several years ago I was in a ravine at Big Bend and turned a bend to come almost face to face with a Cougar at least that large...although at the time he appeared twice as large. Luckily, he was as shocked as I was and we both turned and went different directions. If it had been the female with cubs...I wouldn't be here today, no doubt. It was pretty scary.

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Nice shot Dave....and a better way to view one. Several years ago I was in a ravine at Big Bend and turned a bend to come almost face to face with a Cougar at least that large...although at the time he appeared twice as large. Luckily, he was as shocked as I was and we both turned and went different directions. If it had been the female with cubs...I wouldn't be here today, no doubt. It was pretty scary.
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Thanks Rupert I have seen a lynx in the wild never a cougar that would be a frightening encounter for sure.
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It's tough to get to see those guys when they aren't in zoos.
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Thanks matt they are native to Alberta as well never seen one in the wild which like you say is probably a good thing.
My grandson's father caught two of them accidentally in his trapline in coyote traps. He reported it to the proper authorities explaining they were both mistakes, and that the traps were legal coyote traps, but it didn't matter. He was fined several thousand dollars. He's decided he won't be self reporting if it happens again. They are up near Slave Lake.

For him to get two, there must be a few up that way.
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Nice zoo shot, Dave. I owned a cougar in the '60s; it was genetically related to both the mustang line and the falcon line. Ain't zoology fun?

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My wife has seen one near here. Scared her pretty good! They say it's the ones you don't see that are the threat. If you see it first, it's probably not hunting.
I've seen a lot of tracks and seen some that had been shot by hunters (there's a season) but have never gotten my big wild cat sighting. I hope I'm ready with my camera if I ever do!
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Nice shot! If you jumped the fence you could have gotten closer!!!!! signs do not matter.
Good Job.
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It's tough to get to see those guys when they aren't in zoos.
My grandson's father caught two of them accidentally in his trapline in coyote traps. He reported it to the proper authorities explaining they were both mistakes, and that the traps were legal coyote traps, but it didn't matter. He was fined several thousand dollars. He's decided he won't be self reporting if it happens again. They are up near Slave Lake.
For him to get two, there must be a few up that way.
Wow Norm that story coud have ended very differently ...but yeah some common sense by Parks and Rec would have been nice,,,,, do they have a Cougar do not enter sign sheeshh

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Nice zoo shot, Dave. I owned a cougar in the '60s; it was genetically related to both the mustang line and the falcon line. Ain't zoology fun?
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That's a beautiful beast of another species my friend.

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My wife has seen one near here. Scared her pretty good! They say it's the ones you don't see that are the threat. If you see it first, it's probably not hunting.
I've seen a lot of tracks and seen some that had been shot by hunters (there's a season) but have never gotten my big wild cat sighting. I hope I'm ready with my camera if I ever do!
Wow Matt be carefull indeed they are a damn good predator.

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Nice shot! If you jumped the fence you could have gotten closer!!!!! signs do not matter.
Good Job.
hah thanks it would have been a great shot, perhaps my last shot though ..............
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