Are cougars roaming the Kenai Peninsula? There have been alleged sightings for years -- often dismissed by authorities -- and there's no photographic evidence. But now, biologists at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge say they have heard enough reports to believe it may be true. They just need a photo to end the speculation, so they've set up remote trail cameras in hopes of getting one, says The Redoubt Reporter.
"We have been receiving reports of mountain lions for as long as I have been here, but there was a real cluster of sightings in the Skilak Loop area for the past couple of summers. Some of the sightings were from very credible sources and the description provided left little doubt," said Todd Eskelin, a biologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. ...
"Yet, to my knowledge, there has yet to be a single irrefutable picture taken, and with cellphone cams you would think there would be at least one blurry one showing a long tail," Eskelin said. ... "We got a deal on a few cheap trail cams and thought we would put them out there and see if we could get a photo of one."
So far the cams have photographed bears, lynx and coyotes. Photos and videos are being posted on the refuge's Facebook page.
Read more at The Redoubt Reporter: Critter camera - Refuge installs surveillance to catch sight of cougars