What's your "big cat" story?

The official line is that mountain lionsalso known as cougars, panthers, catamounts, pumas, or perhaps most appropriately, ghost catshave been extinct in the Adirondacks since the late 1800s. Despite these statements from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and some wildlife experts, local reports of mountain lion sightings have not only continued since that time, they have begun to increase in the past few decades, officials say. Those area residents who have a big cat story, or know someone else who has one, are asked to share their experiences at a session 7 p.m. Wed. Aug. 27 focusing on mountain lion tales. Sponsored by Traditional Arts of Upstate New York, the event will be held at the Horicon Community Center in Brant Lake. Folklorist Nicole Farrell who has her own cat story will host the story-swapping session about encounters with mountain lions and other unusual or rare Adirondack creatures such as moose, lynx, or wolves. Whether you've seen or heard mountain lions, know some stories from those who have, or firmly believe that there are no breeding populations of these big cats in the Adirondacks, folks are asked to come and share their experiences.

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