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This is what she said: “If we were in the tropics, I would swear the sound we heard came from a tiger.”

When I got home from work yesterday, Cyndie described a morning adventure she and Delilah had. Due to a morning breakfast date with her dad in St. Paul, Cyndie rousted Delilah a little earlier than usual for a morning walk.

When they stepped out the front door into the pre-dawn light, the “tiger” unleashed a roar that stopped them in their tracks.

Cyndie said Delilah looked back at her as if for instruction, or possibly to check if maybe they could go back inside. They stood there, frozen and then the cat snarled again. Amid the sound of breaking sticks, Cyndie noted there were also unhappy sounds from an unwilling critter victim.

Delilah took a step forward, as Cyndie described it, as if her instinct was leading her to chase, but then quickly thought better and looked back again for direction. The sounds of the fracas started and stopped a few times while they stood there, but Cyndie could not make out any sign of where in the woods the action was occurring.

Deciding it felt prudent to put more space between themselves and the wild cat, Cyndie directed Delilah to turn around and head for the driveway, instead of down the trail in the woods.


It’s a good thing our chickens aren’t out roaming around when it’s dark. At the same time, I sure hope this predator continues to find enough meals in the hours when our hens are safely roosting in their coop, so it won’t need to do any supplementary hunting during the day.

Oh my.



Written by johnwhays

March 30, 2018 at 6:00 am

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  1. I would have been very tempted to explore to see if I could gain a sighting or at least a sign where the action transpired. I’d be counting on what I believe is fact: cougars are very, very shy and would move away unless I had cornered it, Easy to say sitting in my warm office pecking away on my keyboard! Sorta like D. Trump claiming he would have approached the Florida shooter — even unarmed.


    March 30, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    • In fact, we did do an explore in the light of day today! In the area where Cyndie guessed the sound came from, we found absolutely no evidence.
      This close encounter did inspire me to get the trail camera re-installed finally. 🙂


      March 30, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      • good luck with the trail camera!


        March 30, 2018 at 11:48 pm

  2. 😮 oh my god. Marco was searching and he found there are mountain lion in Wisconsin. Cougar. He found a blog.


    March 30, 2018 at 7:48 am

    • Yes, indeed, the cougar sightings are increasing in Wisconsin in recent years! If Cyndie had seen it, we would file a report with the DNR.


      March 30, 2018 at 8:40 am

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