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Big Cats at Boyette
« on: February 14, 2007, 07:06:34 PM »
Hillsborough County is asking for help reporting some big cats seen at Balm-Boyette.  Previously they thought the cats reported were jaguarundi's, but apparently reliable sources, in the last week, tell them it was something different.  If you see any big cats out there please report date, time, aproximate area of the property and color/size description to me so I can pass the info on.
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Re: Big Cats at Boyette
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2007, 10:06:29 PM »
What are Jaguarundi's? How big are the cats being seen?
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Re: Big Cats at Boyette
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2007, 10:43:39 PM »
the cats we saw were panthers and are def bigger than the jags...if you want a closer look at the cats,  take a trip to the big cat rescue.  it is really educational.

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Re: Big Cats at Boyette
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2007, 07:11:45 AM »
What are Jaguarundi's? How big are the cats being seen?
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It's a smallish feral cat introduced to Florida and Texas in the 40's.  They get between 8 and 40 pounds or so.  Often called weasel cat because of their odd looking face.  The one or ones seen are reportedly about the size of a labrador retriever.

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Re: Big Cats at Boyette
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2007, 08:00:40 AM »
Thanks Garry, I was having an image of an Jaguar with whity tighties running around the trails. 
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Re: Big Cats at Boyette
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2007, 09:33:59 AM »
What are Jaguarundi's? How big are the cats being seen?
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Re: Big Cats at Boyette
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2007, 10:16:19 AM »
tell you what boys....

i aint seen no cats around...  but i have seen a few snakes already.. 

i took my wife out to flatwoods yesterday afternoon, and we saw a cottonmouth..  yes a cottonmouth.. aka water mocassin. it was about 3 ft long and laying right on the trail...  and it didn't want to move..  i slide the snake off the trail with a stick and we went on our way.  might not have wanted to move, it looked like he was trying to sun himself to get warm and hunt... 

so it is getting warm enough now and we need to be careful out there..

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Re: Big Cats at Boyette
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2007, 02:08:14 PM »
Are these cats dangerous? Are we in danger should we come across them? Yes I am a chicken when it comes to snakes, and other critter's!
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Re: Big Cats at Boyette
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2007, 02:32:46 PM »
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I ridden boyette quite often since I live close by.  I have seen the cats and they are bigger then normal cats.  But not as big as wild hogs.  As with all critters, they are scare of us as much as some of us are scared of them.  They run away from you when they ear you. 

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Re: Big Cats at Boyette
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2007, 04:25:46 PM »
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I ridden boyette quite often since I live close by.  I have seen the cats and they are bigger then normal cats.  But not as big as wild hogs.  As with all critters, they are scare of us as much as some of us are scared of them.  They run away from you when they ear you. 
Glad you said that, cause I'm might be going to Boyette this weekend. I dont need a cat chasing me!! lol!!

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Re: Big Cats at Boyette
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2007, 05:24:16 PM »
This is a reason not to ride alone.  Just be sure you can outpedal the other person....... hehe...... ;D ;D

I have been my there by myself late in the day and at sunset and have not seen anything other than an armadillos, foxes, and rabbits.  Did not see what that big thing is in SST after sunset last Thursday.

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Re: Big Cats at Boyette
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2007, 05:51:18 PM »
I would ride with someone but don't know anyone in the mountain biking world. I use to ride with alot of people back in day when I live in PA on the mountain. I just started back up 3 weeks ago and already I'm doing good on the expert trails. :)

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Re: Big Cats at Boyette
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2007, 06:33:58 PM »
The only cat I've seen at Boyette so far is the one everyone feeds by the head.
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Re: Big Cats at Boyette
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2007, 06:55:05 PM »
I have been riding at Boyette since 2003 and I have yet to see any lions, tigers, panthers, big lizards, big cats, dragons, Godzilla, Gamora, King Kong or even the cookie monster. Despite the fact that most of these have been reported to be "out there somewhere"

Although I did see one of these running away from me one day...  Or is that running toward me?




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Re: Big Cats at Boyette
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2007, 06:58:00 PM »
Seriously, any time you ride make sure you ride with a partner.  Joining SWAMP is a great way to find riders to join you.

When you ride with a partner on any trail system the wildlife knows where to stay away from.

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