Look at what James Snipe hit with his car on county road 328 north of Swenson Texas in Stonewall County. The lion was still alive but unable to move, so our neighbor called animal control and they came and put him down. A land owner had seen this one a week before dragging off a 320 lb steer. Our neighbor is an amateur taxidermist and he’s going to stuff him. This one weighed 260 lbs. while most mature males mountain lions weigh 80 to 150 lbs. We had no idea they still roamed around here!
But wait! This may not be an oddity so much as a hoax. Check this out.
The mountain lion displayed above was hit by a Ford F350 truck on Highway 64 in northern Arizona (about halfway between Williams and Valle) in November or December 2007. The couple driving the truck pulled over and found the lion under a tree, still alive but beyond rehabilitation, so they called 911 and ultimately an officer from the state’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) was sent to put the big cat down.
Although the large mountain lion was not weighed at the scene, it took three men to lift the animal, whose weight was estimated by those present at about 200-220 pounds. (Adult male mountain lions typically weigh in the range of 80 to 150 pounds). The animal’s paw was about 8 inches across, and the lion measured over 7 feet from head to tail.
Jason Ellico, the DPS officer who responded to the call, also happens to be a taxidermist and offered to skin the lion. It is he who is shown posing with the lion in the pictures above.
Snopes has a good explanation on the truth of this but, wow.
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