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The Huge Mountain
Lion of Leon, Kansas,
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Etc.-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor This eRumor includes a
picture of a large mountain lion saying it weighed more than 200
pounds and was shot in Leon, Kansas, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and
The email is a hoax.
According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks says the
picture was actually published in the Fall issue of the Boone and
Crocket Club's magazine.
The big cat had been shot by a hunter named Ron Hisler from Duval,
He got it legally about 6 miles from Bellevue, Washington.
The same picture has been circulated with captions that claim it was
shot near Hamsburg, PA, Alabama, Texas, Montana, and Wyoming.
We haven't found an official estimate of the lion's weight.
Hunters use other measurements of their prey to determine world
records, but mountain lions have been known to reach the 200-pound
It's interesting how a picture like this will get passed around with
Whoever attached the name of Leon, Kansas to it was playing into
local rumors about mountain lions occasionally being seen in areas
where they've never been known to live.
According to an article in the Wichita Eagle on 1/25/04, a local
naturalist named Kirk Woods has been looking for any evidence of
mountain lions in Kansas for two decades.
He says he's never found any evidence of a lion so far.
Last updated 2/6/04
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Got this from one
of my friends at [name a workplace]. This mountain
lion was shot near Leon,
Kansas. This guy
is a friend of one of the guys who works with my friend. He was
going deer hunting when he heard his neighbor's cows making noise. He
discovered this cat attacking some calves.
"He shot and
reportedly the cat jumped 8 feet into the air, ran about 100 yards, and
died. The man in the picture is over 6 feet tall and the cat weighed
over 200 pounds."
killed just north of Harrisburg !!! HUGE!!!
Well, the PA Game Commission can't deny
this evident proof!!!!! For the
past few years they have denied that cougars
were making a comeback in the
state; in fact, that the game commission had
actually introduced several pair to
help control the exploding deer herd.
They admitted to the coyote
introduction and now they are so numerous and
out of hand that open season
is on them for hunters in the state!!! Go
A friend of mine claims to have seen one up on
Red Rock a few months back.
They are here!!! Take a look at the photo
- it's truly unbelievable how
big this cat is when shown being held up by the
man who shot him - he's
huge!!!!! I would not want to be on the
wrong end of his wrath!!!
IT WAS KILLED ON STATE GAME LAND #211 APPROX.
18 MILES NORTH OF
HARRISBURG. WHO SAYS THERE'S NO MOUNTAIN LIONS
IN PA!!!!!! IT WAS SHOT BY A COYOTE
HUNTER USING A CALL. THE HUNTER IS 6' 2".
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