I am uneasy about posting Internet photos unless I know the source.
A friend a mine several months ago forwarded me a photo that was supposedly taken in Watonga of a mountain lion peering in someone’s patio door.
But the photo is on snopes.com, a Web site that debunks tall tales. The photo was real but it was taken in Wyoming.
Another photo that was widely circulated on the Internet was a huge alligator gar that supposedly came from Broken Bow Lake.
It didn’t. It was arrowed by bow fishermen in south Texas.
With that disclaimer, I am sharing these photos below sent to me by Jeremy Hogan, a principal at Cache Intermediate School, who said they were captured by his trail camera on his hunting property south of Grandfield on the Red River.
It appears to be legitimate. It is a sequence of three photos that were taken in October showing a mountain lion attacking a feral pig. Hogan said the date stamp on the trail camera was wrong.
“This was the first time I used this new camera and did not set it up properly,” Hogan stated in his e-mail. “I also found the wild pig dead about 40 yards from my feeder location.
“I actually hunted this location two days later and was unaware what my camera had captured until after the hunt. It definitely made my hair on my neck stand up.”
Hogan said the October photos are the only time a mountain lion has appeared on his trail cam, but he has found a few wild pig carcasses since.
The pigs were killed by something other than a hunter, so Hogan believes the cat or cats are still around.